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    The Corrected Fairy Tale

    This is the fairy tale that we should have been reading as little Kids!

    Once upon a time,
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    in a land far away,
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    a beautiful, independent,
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    self-assured princess
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    happened upon a frog as she sat,
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    contemplating ecological issues
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    on the shores of an unpolluted pond
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    in a verdant meadow near her castle.
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    The frog hopped into the princess' lap
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    and said: Elegant Lady,
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    I was once a handsome prince,
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    until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.
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    One kiss from you, however,
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    and I will turn back
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    into the dapper, young prince that I am
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    and then, my sweet, we can marry
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    and setup housekeeping in your castle
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    with my mother,
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    where you can prepare my meals,
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    clean my clothes, bear my children,
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    and forever feel grateful
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    and happy doing so.
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    That night,
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    as the princess dined sumptuously
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    on a repast of lightly sauteed frog legs
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    seasoned in a white wine
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    and onion cream sauce,
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    she chuckled and thought to herself:
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    I don't friggin think so...

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    Burt you are amazing.how do you think of this stuff.you should submit some of your stuff to magazines Im
    sure they would print it.great to know you take care mike
    One day at a time.

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      Hi Mike,
      Once upon a time, when the primordial mists still clung to the emerging landscapes, I took it upon myself to write – books, articles, short stories, Sci Fi and believe it or not, even poetry. As a matter of fact the poetry came into being while taking a course in writing and we were given the assignment/exercise of creating a poem.

      Almost the entire class was comprised of retired woman who were trying writing as a lark, so I wrote a poem from the viewpoint of a retired, elderly woman – just to give myself some extended exercise. All the poems were read anonymously, and we then voted on the best. I did not vote for my poem, but it still came in first.

      I then had a heck of a time convincing them that it was my poem. They didn’t believe me at all until I began to recite it from memory. They finally talked me into submitting it to a ‘slick’ woman’s magazine. (Slick meaning the mags with heavy, shiny pages – the first class ones.) Anyway, in due course I received the standard rejection through the mail (They receive hundreds or thousands of pieces of unsolicited material each month.) However, oddly enough the editor/reader had written across the rejection in her own hand, asking if I had any other material to submit and to please send it to her attention. Well, after that I was the darling of the class, but I never put out the effort necessary to become a good poet – there just wasn’t enough money in it.

      Enough preamble, - now I’m afraid I have to disappoint you. This rhyme is not the original work of my hand. I but posted it from an email I received - - I am however quite flattered that you think it could be my work. In fact, because of this I’ll even reward you with a short poem I carry in my head – it’s one I like a lot, though it’s apropos of nothing.

      Here’s a good rule of thumb –
      Too smart is dumb!

      Burt

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        Hi Burt,Its a great gift you possess.To express yourself,and bring happiness to others through your writing,not to mention some of the research you do to provide answers to our questions.The forum would not be the same without you.When I was in the USMC reserves we went down to Parris Island S.C. Their we had to memorize what they called "knowledge"things about our rifle, marine corp history ,etc.one tidbit that we were accountable for was .who was the grand old man of the marine corp? answer Archibald Henderson.A man whom I believe commanded much respect.Burt I would like to bestow upon you the title of grand old man of the HCMA,And may you be a part of this community for many years to come. God bless
        One day at a time.

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