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Warding off Scurvy

“Because there’s little more to friendship than warding off scurvy or having a catch.”

Warding off Scurvy

When you find an orange on the trail, be sure to play with it for an hour or two.

Until you tire and decide to eat it,

round things come back to you when you toss them up in the air,

unless it’s the sun, which hangs forever.

But once you eat any fruit, you see it no longer, and when you’re fruitless,

no one will befriend you.

Because there’s little more to friendship than warding off scurvy or having a catch.

And if you step in a puddle and get a tapeworm, not even all the oranges in Madagascar

will get them to be friends with you again.

Erich J. Prince is the editor-in-chief of Merion West.

Erich J. Prince is the editor of Merion West. Erich has contributed to a variety of publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Hartford Courant, The News & Observer, the Orlando Sentinel, and The Hill. He studied political science at Yale, completing his thesis on polarization in the United States Congress.

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