(Sequel to “The King of Muck”)
The Queen of Clean
Illustration Note: The Queen of Clean is a half-eaten rice and bean burrito,
wrapped in tinfoil that looks like a fairy godmother dress. She is holding a
feather duster scepter. In a pool of mud she meets her match, The King of Muck.
“I AM the QUEEN of CLEAN!
I’M made of RICE and BEANS!!
In ALL my years, SUCH A MESS, I have never SEEN!!!
“Today’s a special day,
For I have come your way,
If you’re lucky, and you clean up,
I may even stay!”
[King of Muck] “Why don’t you go away?”
[Queen of Clean] “What a nasty thing to say!”
“I’M all the things that Autumn brings,
And Winter throws away,
I’M feathers and fluff and mist,
I’M wearing a leprechaun’s kiss,
From my gown to my crown,
To all parts around,
You have never seen beauty LIKE THIS! ”
[King of Muck] “Will you stop bothering me?”
[Queen of Clean] “Bothering YOU!
This, is NOT true!
Tis’ you whom is bothering I!”
[King growing physically larger and visibly prouder with each insult.]
“You are the MUCKIEST, GRUBBIEST guy,
You’re cross and your crude,
You’re AWFUL and rude,
Your crown it is covered in FLIES!!!”
[King gets a big smile on his face, self-satisfied.]
“You’re ickier than ick can be!
You put the ‘uck’ in ucky!
Your face is a mess,
Your muck’s on my dress,
I could say more,
But prefer to say LESS!”
[King is falling in love with Queen.]
“I shall now be on my way!
With my final words I say,
Good riddance to you!
You stink like a shoe!
Have you anything to say?!”
[King of Muck] “Well, maybe you should stay.”
[Queen of Clean] “Okay.”
(Next book in series: “ The Prince of Plop”)