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.
"The Germ" by Ogden Nash, found in Winter Poems edited by Barbara Rogasky, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, and published by Scholastic Inc., 1994.