Come find us tucked within your concrete scapes,
Not flaunting our wares in wild merriment.
Nowadays, we take on different shapes
When we taunt and tease and tempt and torment.
We do not believe we are dangerous
Despite our customers' bleak track record,
And doubtless you have been warned about us,
Labelled more trouble than you can afford.
It is never our intent for your health
To suffer though, for where would we be then?
We are nothing without you and your wealth,
This goblin market in the hearts of men,
And from deep within each the ancient cry
Still resounds loud and clear, 'Come buy, come buy!'
--Ian Chung is Fiction Editor at The Cadaverine. His work has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Foundling Review, The
Cadaverine and Poetry Quarterly, among others. He was nominated by Camroc Press Review for Sundress Publications’ 2010 Best of the Net anthology. Currently, he reviews for The Cadaverine and Sabotage. Since October 2010, he also edits Eunoia Review, an online literary journal.