I TOLD THE WIZARD TO HIS FACE

I told the wizard to his face,
You're just a fraud, a phony,
A fake, a sham, a charlatan,
Your spells are pure baloney.
Your hogwash couldn't fool
An unsophisticated child-
What do you have to say to that?"
The wizard merely smiled.
 

'You see, you have no answer,"
I continued, feeling bold.
"You only use illusion
When you turn balloons to gold.
In fact, your poor pathetic act
Is practically a crime -
What do you have to say to that?"
He smiled a second time.

I escalated my harangue,
And blared triumphantly,
"Your prestidigitation
Simply can't bamboozle me!"
The wizard smiled a wider smile.
"Piff poff" was all he said-
Since then I've been but two feet tall
And have a hamster's head.

Jack Prelutsky

 

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