The patient bacteria*

When Chinese chicken hit the floor,
we gathered right away.

But germs know the 10-second rule;
we live it every day.

One second turns to two then three…
time slowly ticks on by.

Count four, then five Mississippi -
and still, we all comply.

Six, then seven and eight - a wait
long as the Amazon.

Nine…aww, man! He picked it up!
So long, our sweet Szechuan.

* Author’s note: biologists say food 
gets contaminated the moment it touches 
germs or bacteria. Sad, sad news for 
us clumsy eaters.

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