A man brought a rock to a shop
said he "you should see what I've got!"
the shop owner glanced
he looked quite askance
he said "I can see what it's not!"
"It's not a Peruvian Meg
not a wonderful dinosaur egg
is this really a fossil?"
he seemed rather hostile
"i think you are pulling my leg!
theres no sign of trilobite here
no ammonite sutures are clear
...and you're right in my light
can't you please wait outside
or at least stand less terribly near!"
he held a fine loupe to his eye
and prepared many microscope slides
he mumbled and fumed, he rubbed at his eyes
the temperature rose in the room!
he screamed "Why do you lie!"
He picked up the rock, he grabbed the man's arm!
he bellowed in rage "I want both of you gone!"
he threw them both out and closed up his store
He lay under a desk in the dark on the floor
sobbing and vowing to open no more
the man gasped for air outside of the shop
he couldn't stop laughing, he picked up his rock
that he'd crafted from tile grout only last week
at the next rock shop door, he was once again meek...
as the kindly owner smiled and said "well now, let's see..."