Following a rather unfortunate mishap in the kitchen the other morning, it occurred to Little Red Bear and me that, to the best of our knowledge, no one had ever written a poem or advisory about spilled orange juice. We are told from an early age not to cry over spilled milk, of course. And if we spill salt, a pinch tossed over the left shoulder for good luck will supposedly blind the devil waiting there.
But what do we do about spilled orange juice? Cry? Don’t cry? Splash some over our shoulder? And what can we learn from the experience? So, we sharpened our pencils and set to work.
In the end, neither Little Red Bear nor I could think of anything to do about spilled orange juice other than to simply get busy and clean up the mess, being especially grateful that it was merely orange juice and not our treasured, albeit icky-sticky, honey supply.
And, upon further review, we found the orange juice innocent in the regrettable and messy spillage episode, and blamed it all on the yellow cup which proved itself to be notably deceptive and unreliable. And haste, which, of course, we all know what that makes because someone did take the time to develop a proverb about the consequences of haste and waste.
When pouring fresh yellow orange juice into a non-see-through yellow cup,
Take a moment to switch the light on to save five minutes cleaning up.
Pouring in the dark soon leads to over-filling and spilling, you see,
Leaving behind a mighty mess which must be sopped and mopped up by me.
This I have learned from experience, such a true and noble teacher,
Who knew that congenial yellow cups could have this peculiar feature?
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