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The Lemon Wedge on the Rim of Your Glass

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The Lemon Wedge on the Rim of Your Glass

The Lemon Wedge on the Rim of Your Glass

By Elton Camp

Exposure to germs isn’t always a blight
They make the immune system work right

In normal living, we get all that we need
But lemon wedges all good sense exceed

It’s quite likely that you are going to find
The lemon picker scratched his behind

Washing lemons, restaurants say they do
In most cases, the claim simply isn’t true

Lemons are dirty when they enter the door
In the café, they’ll get contaminated more

Slicing is done with hands germy as can be
And the knives used aren’t of bacteria free

The slices are handled with glove or tong
Think that and you’re usually very wrong

Servers pick them up with hands unwashed
And against the glass rim they are squashed

With pathogenic bacteria your drink is spiked
The risk of getting sick has just been hiked

A recent study found bacteria such as these
Pathogens from skin, saliva and even feces

Even when it’s “No lemon” that you say
It may appear on or in your drink anyway

Drinks lemon-free really ought to remain
If from drinking germs you would abstain

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