the pretenders

nothing is worse than
a fake
in the Arts.

unlike the talented
they have mucho
exuberance and no
self-doubt.

luckily, for us,
we seldom come upon
these
except
sometimes
on the streets
or at small parties
or as entertainers
in
cheap cafes.

but–sometimes one of
these
works their way
into the very place
we live and
that’s
very close, you
know.

you don’t have to
go to hell
to be
there:   just looking
at
and listening to
one of these
puts you there
full
force

and there is
almost
a rule:
the worse the
talent
the more sure
they are
of
it.