12.13.2008

Silly Saturday - The Gift of Poetry

Sweet Anna was, as many know,
A women suffragist:
But when sweet Anna got a beau
She was an Anna kissed.

Taken from a collection called Limerick Lyrics.

And one more from one of my favorite authors: Ogden Nash. A fitting poem because:

a) it's cold and flu season
b) I am one of those who have to tell you: "You don't need an antibiotic. Just need to ride this one out!" Yes, the Cold is miserable, but does more harm than good to treat it with an antibiotic!!



Common Cold

Go hang yourself, you old M.D.!
You shall not sneer at me.
Pick up your hat and stethoscope,
Go wash your mouth with laundry soap;
I contemplate a joy exquisite
I'm not paying you for your visit.
I did not call you to be told
My malady is a common cold.

By pounding brow and swollen lip;
By fever's hot and scaly grip;
By those two red redundant eyes
That weep like woeful April skies;
By racking snuffle, snort, and sniff;
By handkerchief after handkerchief;
This cold you wave away as naught
Is the damnedest cold man ever caught!

Give ear, you scientific fossil!
Here is the genuine Cold Colossal;
The Cold of which researchers dream,
The Perfect Cold, the Cold Supreme.
This honored system humbly holds
The Super-cold to end all colds;
The Cold Crusading for Democracy;
The F├╝hrer of the Streptococcracy.

Bacilli swarm within my portals
Such as were ne'er conceived by mortals,
But bred by scientists wise and hoary
In some Olympic laboratory;
Bacteria as large as mice,
With feet of fire and heads of ice
Who never interrupt for slumber
Their stamping elephantine rumba.

A common cold, gadzooks, forsooth!
Ah, yes. And Lincoln was jostled by Booth;
Don Juan was a budding gallant,
And Shakespeare's plays show signs of talent;
The Arctic winter is fairly coolish,
And your diagnosis is fairly foolish.
Oh what a derision history holds
For the man who belittled the Cold of Colds!


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1 comment:

LGH said...

I looked at the list of things that might help. One is ZINC. I swear by this stuff. It almost always helps me if I take it in the early stages of a cold. And, I might add, I think Ogden Nash is great.

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