They call it a shell game
But my Uncle Jack told me it was called Thimblerig.
Take out three shells and a pea – an old soldier’s trick.
It’s depicted as a gamble, but really, when the wager’s for money, it’s a confidence trick
used to perpetrate fraud.
In slang, confident slang I might add, the swindle is referred to as a short-con because it’s quick and easy to pull off.
Place three shells on the table and before a word is said, mystery has run away. Is it gambling? Is it a con? or simply a sleight-of-hand?
In reality, the shells weren’t from the sea. They were walnut shells.
Nor is the poet a scholar. Rather she is from industry, skilled not in the way of words but the way of commerce.
It could be said that with practice, walnut shells become as good as the real thing.
It’s National Poetry Month. Read and write poetry.