According to Helena Nelson of Happenstance Poetry Pamphlets, purveyors of cakes and publishers of poetry have a great deal in common.
This is a clever little satire that grows on you very satisfactorily and delivers some fine jabs around the middle:
You spend more and more time advertising. You need to get new customers into the shop somehow. It’s hard work though, and several things happen.
1. You turn down nearly all the offers of new products. You really do have enough cake to be going on with. The wouldbe bakers are hurt. They take the rejection personally. They stop buying things in your shop.
2. You hardly ever bake yourself: you haven’t the energy. Besides, you’re surrounded by cake. Why bake more?