Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Germ by Ogden Nash

America's most accomplished writer of light verse, Ogden Nash (1902-1971) applied his love of language to poems, stories, and lyrics. A 'versifier' who invented and misspelled words to create unexpected rhymes, Nash's fables on human foibles continue to delight, inspire and enlighten people worldwide. Here is one of my favorites.

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.

Copyright © by Linell Nash Smith and Isabel Nash Eberstadt.


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