The Germ

A mighty creature is the germ,

Though smaller than a pachyderm.

His customary dwelling place

Is deep within the human race.

His childish pride he often pleases

By giving people strange diseases.

Do you, my poppet, feel infirm?

You probably contain a germ.

Odgen Nash is one of those wonderful writers that can reduce the most complicated biological mishap into a few simple lines of whimsy.

It doesn`t need to be scrutinised for any deep philosophical content; the language is deceptively ingenuous, yet unfolds the truth of the matter like the swift opening of a pair of theatrical curtains.

No more need be spoken on the subject…….

I`ll get me coat.


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