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Open to Suggestions
by Frederick Pollack
How unlikely can a premise be
yet keep you reading? An adman
and a scholar. Much depends
on setting, but exactly that
is sketchy here: un- or consummately
pretentious. Noisy or quiet.
Drinks or coffee.
We can make the adman a Moslem,
the scholar a Jew, each wondering
how deep secularity goes
in the other, and whether it is the true faith.
We could make one a woman,
add other refinements,
with reason skimming like a hydrofoil
over depths. "Every ad,” says the adman,
"is Revelation. Evidence
and reason don’t come into it,
only story, song, and what one already knows
from other myths. We’re currently targeting
conservative, more regulated women.
We make them look as joyous as the others.”
"For whom?” asks the other. The adman shrugs;
ponders: "Undersea currents
swirl and are stirred on social media,
but they cross a threshold, become more real
when they’re clients.” "I suppose just a word,
an image,” says the other,
"suffices.” A smile: "The client
has needs ... One can be too long-term and subtle.”
After a silence, the friend sighs:
"You know your group will be a stalking-horse
for mine. They always get around
to mine. It’s what they know from other myths.”
"All Semites together,” laughs the adman,
but with another shrug.
We might insert an age difference,
and sudden sternness in the scholar
(rabbi?), who now says: "Every ad is a lie.”