“I cost only five dollars” cried the red striped book, Physiology
“whereas my brand new friends were thrice as much,
that’s the meaning of Economy!”
“Oh, don’t be so big-headed” shrilled the Alarm Clock,
“I cost nine dollars and a bereavement.
Now that’s an achievement!”
“But everyone knows one’s supposed to save”
squeaked the little, lead pencil, so I was brave
And sold for twenty-five cents only.
Now who can do better, just show me!”
And he rolled off the table with joy,
Tremendously pleased with his great ploy.
Silence – then shouted a sticky wrapper
from the bin
“I was only five cents, and that’s not much
For a lollipop whose fate
Is to be eaten.”
“Listen to me” boomed the gilded mirror
against the wall, stentorianly
“I think I must tell you all fore warningly
(And here he trembled so his glass threatened to shatter)
That nothing else will matter
For I with all my luck cost twenty bucks!”
Said the Pink Piggy Bank with all his might
“Listen” and he jumped up and down
Concentrating with a frown,
Elaborating a tiny noise – clink, clink, clink.
“There” he rattled importantly, “I’m upon the brink
“Well, it’s not my fault, you see”
Spoke the tall mirror with alacrity.
“You’re wrong” Physiology flapped so wildly
That the clock cried out in Alarm, “Mind!”
“If more of us were bought and less of you kind”
Reasoned Physiology, “Then the Pink Pig wouldn’t be
Just about empty.
And he cheered the Pink Pig on, who blushed
But the tall mirror merely flushed.
The pencil began to pirouette
And the sticky wrapper to hoot
While the Alarm Clock stopped in a snoot.
The mirror, in a rage, began to shake
But this only served to make
It topple over and start to fall….
And that’s All !!
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