So much of the compliments given
Are spread with the basest intent.
Self-serving, such praises are driven;
Youre never quite sure what they meant.
Like waitress who tells me Im handsome
(Though truth of her statement is clear)
Shes angling for tip like a ransom
Else why should such praising appear?
Disgusted, forsaking pretensions,
Such smarminess ever Ill bar;
But say did I happen to mention
Just what a good reader you are?