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Bossy Like A Salesman

by Nancy Ames

"Sorry if I seem to drift off - usually I would
have my nose in a book at this time in the evening."

"Me too. So don`t worry about it."

"I just realized what Agatha Christie meant about
the relationship between Poirot and Hastings, and it
would also apply to Holmes and Watson, I think."

"Oh, yes?"

"Poirot tells Hastings that it is very useful for a
detective to have someone of a normal mindset nearby
during an investigation because a criminal usually will
try to deceive the majority, that is, attempt to fool
the average mentality."

"I see - so that must be why bad guys have this grim insistence
on mediocrity and are so determined to take down anybody
who strays from the herd, you know, from the herd-mind."

"Suppose so. Sad little parasites."

"Oh. What do you mean?"

"Just when they think they`re finally winning they lose
everything. Every time."

He shook his head, making his hair fall down over his
glasses. Then he smiled, just for a second. To acknowledge
the whimsical irony, she imagined.


Posted on 01/05/2019
Copyright © 2022 Nancy Ames

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/05/19 at 06:51 PM

Good one Nancy. Love the conversational style of this...reference to Holmes and Watson. Also a neat meeting of your poetry and short story styles. Continued success with your writing in 2019.

Posted by Johanna May on 01/08/19 at 01:13 AM

There is an extreme degree of narcissism and entitlement to allow one's self any criminal means to achieve a want, it is usually a want, not even a need. The Icarus syndrome, higher up, higher up to the sun, the amygdala lacks the emotional discernment of preservation.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 01/09/19 at 04:07 PM

What I think of after reading your piece is how much of each of these characters and types I have within myself. The normal, the inquisitive observer, the deviant. Thanks for this thought-provoking conversation. By the way, I too like the conversational style. In itself it suggests a stylistic challenge.

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