Tough Customer

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Frank De Canio

Tough Customer


      Compliance is a T-bone steak
      dished up to whet the appetite
      of someone it can barely slake
      before he takes another bite.
      Accommodation is the sauce
      poured on the fear that seasons meat,
      while pleas are lettuce that you toss
      at him to make his meal complete.
      And seeing you serve his behest
      with such ingratiating mien,
      he’s quick to gobble up the rest
      of it, until his plate is clean.
      As tip, you’ll find this patron’s thrown
      at you the masticated bone.