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Important Pre-nap Questions

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Important Pre-nap Questions

I came back from a cold windy walk
Off with my mittens and hat
And coat and boots
On with the tea kettle
I opened the box
“Lipton - 100% Real Tea Leaves
Serve Hot or Iced”
Oooo not ‘iced’
I don’t even want to think about that!
“72 Tea Bags
Decaffeinated with Pure Spring Water and Effervescence”
Effervescence?  What is that?  Fizz?
I do not want fizzy hot tea
Just plain hot tea, if you please
“Net Wt 4.7 oz (133 g).. “  OK 

I opened the lid to put the individually
Bagged teas… 
To put the bags in the glass jar
On the shelf
I opened the box and smelled the gentle green
And happily removed the cardboard separators 
-the bags are placed in rows
With two little ‘walls’ between
Which I use for book marks
Fresh green-smelling book marks

And I noticed more writing on the underside of the lid:’
“Why is there a frog on my tea box?”
Beside a picture of a frog
I closed the lid
Sure enough, there is the same picture;
Only smaller; so I didn’t notice it
The little green frog is framed by the words
“Rainforest Alliance…Certified”
Nice to know the frog is a certified frog

The lid goes on to explain that the Lipton
Tea has been grown on “Rainforest Alliance Certified ™
Tea farms…to Protect the Environment, Improve Quality of Life; and Improve Worker Welfare…for more information…please visit or”

Wow!  What an answer!
The first things that came to my mind
With the question
(In case you forgot, “Why is there a frog on my tea box?”)
1.  An elephant wouldn’t fit
2.  The gecko is taken (see Geico car insurance ads)
3.  Cats don’t drink tea – although they occasionally sniff mine
4.  Fish are too wet… well, come to think of it, frogs live at least part-time in water…         scratch that… except that I don’t care for fish, and I’d probably return tea with fish on the box
5.  Why not?

It is a charming question
It is a cute frog
And the tea is good; especially when drunk to accompany
A hot buttered biscuit with cinnamon on top

I sit back in my grandfather’s old chair
With a book and a cat on my lap
And drift off to sleep

“Why is there a frog on my tea box?”
I think that’s silly
The more important question would be
“Why is there a frog in my Christmas tree?”
But that’s another story

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  1. Date: 2/27/2012 4:45:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your light-hearted witty poem, KJ. Well done. Love, Kim

  1. Date: 2/26/2012 12:51:00 PM
    to find out why there is a frog on your tea box, try to visit very nice story,I enjoyed reading it,God bless you. Erich

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    Date: 2/26/2012 1:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks. I will. And there is a story about a frog in the Christmas tree, too: My son-in-law brought home a live tree complete with frog. After debating whether to keep the frog in a small apartment with 3 little kids, the parents decided to go on a free-the-frog outing to the nearby park. And I wrote a series of stories for my grands.