A chiseling game of subtle duress
Where two parties bargain more for less
Be it for properties, time, or wares
Looking for bigger slice of shares
So goes the waste of negotiate
Where integrity can slip to exaggerate
A parley to squeeze your fellow man
To get last inch or penny that you can
Character must be pushed aside
And any honor slips to pride
To take any advantage that you’re able
And leave no excess on the table
How can any victory abound
In beating a brother’s value down?
If willing to accept less than you ask
You’re only absent a robber’s mask!
How far will each party need to go
When honesty only takes a “yes” or “no”
Should matter less who’s lost or won
Set a fair price and call it done!
Don Aslett of McCammon is the founder of The Museum of Clean, 711 S. 2nd Ave., Pocatello, and still enjoys giving tours to all visitors. Check out the museum's website at www.museumofclean.com.