General Advice to Miscreants

General Advice to Miscreants
Split the hair - when you face the music -
Blow after blow - will roll aside -
Violence dealt to the batted belfry
Spent on your hair and not your hide.

Loose the flood - like a snake oil seller -
Gush after gush, and swear it’s true -
Cro-Magnon creditors! Credulous cretins!
You’ll escape yet from the peer review.
August 2005
Parody of “Split the Lark” by Emily Dickinson, Johnson number 861, Franklin number 905.