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.