Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | October 7, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: Strictly Germ-proof

by Arthur Guiterman (1871 – 1943).

 

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.

 

Notes:

http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poet/469.html

http://www.bookrags.com/biography/arthur-guiterman-dlb/

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