Some worries never change…

Reading Drew a book of poetry, ok, looking for a funny poem to make him laugh, I found this one by
Arthur Guiterman.

Strictly Germ-proof
THE Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic Pup
Were playing in the garden when the Bunny gamboled up;
They looked upon the Creature with a loathing undisguised;—
It wasn’t Disinfected and it wasn’t Sterilized. …

They said it was a Microbe and a Hotbed of Disease; 5
They steamed it in a vapor of a thousand-odd degrees;
They froze it in a freezer that was cold as Banished Hope
And washed it in permanganate with carbolated soap.

In sulphurated hydrogen they steeped its wiggly ears;
They trimmed its frisky whiskers with a pair of hard-boiled shears; 10
They donned their rubber mittens and they took it by the hand
And elected it a member of the Fumigated Band.

There’s not a Micrococcus in the garden where they play;
They bathe in pure iodoform a dozen times a day;
And each imbibes his rations from a Hygienic Cup— 15
The Bunny and the Baby and the Prophylactic Pup.

Some worries never change…only the names and remedies.

2 Responses to “Some worries never change…”

  1. 1

    I like this poem!! This is a good poem for nurses!!

  2. 2

    Yeah, it’s amazing how something written 70 years ago (or whatever) is so apropos for an epidemic today. Good thing you’re vaccinated.

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