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Please Take Only One

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Please Take Only One

At a U.F.T.* event,
The sign was printed large,
Obviously placed there by
The person left in charge.

What it said was no surprise
For schnorrers** often show,
But “Please take only one!” I thought
Was not the way to go.

It referred to bagels, which
Were piled upon a plate,
Looking like the most pathetic
Ones you ever ate.

Though quite unappealing,
Even with a cream cheese schmear,
There are those who might take two – 
The sign made that quite clear.

An admonition will not stop
A schnorrer in his tracks,
But add some sorry bagels and
The food staff can relax!

*United Federation of Teachers
**greedy people who take more than their share

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  1. Date: 5/22/2013 5:05:00 PM
    Bagel, shmegel, lox and cheese. Help yourself, take all you please. But if you get an upset stomach. Don't blame me when your on your knees.

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 10:58:00 PM
    If you're asking me I'll eat just about anything... sorry looking bagels or not. This was a really random topic to write about... but I enjoyed that about it. I remember accidentally taking two suckers from a Halloween bowl when the old lady said "please, take one"... I honestly didn't hear it her correctly, but every once in a great while I still feel a bit bad about it (why? I don't quite know)...

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 1:02:00 AM
    hahaha, I would NOT be tempted by dumb bagels. They were smart to put those out if they did not want to worry about running out of food!!!