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The Oyster

There once was an oyster whose story I'll tell,

  • Who found that some sand had worked under his shell.
  • Just one little grain but it gave him a pain,
  • For oysters have feelings that are very plain.

Now did he berate this working of fate,

  • That left him in such a deplorable state?
  • Did he curse the government, call for an election,
  • And say that the sea should have some protection?

Well, years passed by, as years always do,

  • Till he came to his destiny - oyster stew!
  • But the small grain of sand that bothered him so,
  • Was a beautiful pearl, all richly aglow.

Now this tale has a moral, for isn't it grand,

  • What an oyster can do with a small grain of sand?
  • And what couldn't we do if we'd only begin
  • With all of the things that get under our skin?

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