The Grifter

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Quadrille #172
(posted by Mish)

"Shift is the word to fit into your quadrille this week. There are many derivatives to dabble with."

shifted, shifting, reshift, intershifting, shifty, shifter, shiftiness

redshift, blueshift, makeshift, gearshift, frameshift, downshift, upshift, dayshift

He was a shifty
grifter, playing
different roles
for different
people.  Preference–
the night shift,
when parties,
and gambling
were at their
height.  Might
have continued
his shiftiness
if not for the pitch
he gave to an
undercover cop,
also playing a role.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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23 Responses to The Grifter

  1. Paula Light says:

    Oh nice twist! 😀


  2. rothpoetry says:

    A nice ending twist, Sara. One last shifty attempt before the slammer!


  3. Sadje says:

    Good one Sara.


  4. memadtwo says:

    too shifty for his own good! (K)


  5. merrildsmith says:

    Perfectly done! You hooked me with those first lines.


  6. Good thing the cop was also on the night shift. Fun take!


  7. Mish says:

    Busted! Good one, Sara. 🙂


  8. Ha… there is always someone even more clever.


  9. Helen says:

    You gave us a tricky ending to a delightful quadrille, Sara.


  10. I too like the twist at the end. Nicely done.


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