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Posted: December 13th. 2004 4:03:47 PM

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Pushy People

by Phronesus Disegno

Age Group: Adult

It wasn't a very long time ago
I attended a Psychic Fair,
Not one here in my own home town
But one in a town elsewhere
Nobody there knew who I was
They all thought I was "new"
I dressed in plain ordinary clothes
Unlike others sometimes do

Amazed at all the looks I got
As I quietly looked across the floor
They seemed to think me a "newbie",
That I had never done this before.
I know that predatory look
Wanting to reveal all that they know
What they never seem to realize is...
I've done this for twenty years or so.

I browsed the sparkling stones they had
To determine which ones I was needing
When out of the blue
I heard someone ask me,
"Sir, do you need a reading?

"No thank you, " I said,
Though somewhat dazed,
I was still thinking of all the stones.
"Oh come on, sit down,
Twenty dollars, ten minutes,
And I'll reveal to you all that's unknown."

"No thank you, " I said,
As she shuffled her cards,
My attention shifting over to a book.
"Oh come on, sit down,
How does ten dollars sound?"
She said with a mysterious look.

"No thank you, " I said,
As I now browsed some oils,
Glancing at my watch for the time.
"Oh come on, sit down,
My precious child of light,
And I won't even charge you a dime."

"No thank you, " I said,
With some irritation,
I was trying to be polite.
"Oh come on, sit down!"
She expressed a slight frown,
With a tone almost wanting to fight.

"No thank you, " I said,
Avoiding her gaze
So she said, "I can tell you're lost --
You will need my guidance
Being new to this path,
And I'm offering it all at no cost!"

"No thank you, " I said,
Looking toward the door.
And she said, "My gifts are so vast!
I know more about you
Than you know of yourself,
I can tell you your future and past!"

"No thank you, " I said,
As I scratched my nose
And she said, "You need my advice!
For you don't know a thing
Without my gifts of seeing!"
In a tone that was cold as ice.

"No thank you, " I said,
Now feeling distraught,
As I placed my items back on the shelf.
She demanded, "Why not
accept my gifts for free?"
I said, "I do my own readings myself --

I have my own cards
I have my own tools
You can't tell me anything new,
You have given me grief,
Contrary to your belief
I'm every bit as psychic as you --

I only came here
Just to look around
But you've made it an impossible task.
Why do you keep pleading
To give me a reading?
If I wanted one, I would have asked!

I tried being polite
Not wanting a fight
But you kept on pushing me more,
It seems YOU need a reading
Much more than I do, "
And I started to head out the door.

With a look of pure shock
Her jaw hit the floor
As I looked her at last in the eye,
And I said, "My advice
Is to keep your day job."
Then I left without saying good-bye.

Author's Notes: Have you ever had an experience like this one? This is purely poetic fiction, slightly caustic but hopefully entertaining. I have never had this type of experience at an actual psychic fair, in fact people at the psychic fairs have all seemed rather friendly, but I have met people like this before in my personal life, mistaking my quiet and polite demeanor for being a pushover, thereby thinking they can make some sort of move on me without my permission. In my personal experience, it was people who wanted to give readings not because they intended to heal or provide an objective and useful perspective, but because they wanted to feel just a little bit too special in front of someone who would be amazed. It is so interesting, how sometimes if you see right through a person who claims to be a healer, they suddenly turn on you instead of graciously taking "no" for an answer. I didn't include this aspect in the poem, but it is what once happened to me. When all attempts of peace seem to fail, I push those pushy people right back.

Author's Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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