Sometimes, what is the most valuable is help when it is really needed.
Said the Alligator King to his seven sons,
“I’m feelin’ might down.
Whichever of you can cheer me up
will get to wear my crown.”
The first son brought seven oyster pearls
from the bottom of the China Sea.
The second gave him seven statues of girls
with clocks where their stomachs should be.
The third son gave him seven rubies
from the Sheikdom of Down There Beneath.
The King thought the rubies were cherries
and he broke off seven of his teeth.
The fourth son tried to cheer him up
with seven lemon drops.
The King said, “I’m sorry son.
Since that ruby episode, I just haven’t got the chops!”
The fifth son gave the King perfume
in seven fancy, silver jars.
The King took a whiff and he broke out in spots
’cause it smelled like cheap cigars.
The sixth son gave him seven diamond rings
to wear upon his toes.
The King snagged his foot on the Royal Red Rug
and crumpled up his nose.
The seventh son of the Alligator King was a thoughtful little whelp.
He said, “Daddy, it appears to me
that you could use a little help.”
Said the Alligator King to his seventh son,
“My son, you win the crown!
You didn’t give me diamonds or rubies but
you helped me up when I was down.
Take the crown, it’s yours my son.
I hope you don’t mind the dents;
I got it on sale a discount store,
cost me all of seven cents.”