The patient bacteria*

When the Chinese chicken hit the floor,
we were hungry right away.

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

One second, two seconds, then three…
time slowly ticks on by.

Now it's four, five Mississippi -
and still, we all comply.

six seconds, seven and eight - a wait
as long as the Amazon!

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

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

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