Five letters that carry so much punch
They gather in bunches around the branches
All shapes, colors and sizes
They lurch and lie in wait for the unassuming fella
Masquerading and camouflaging around the water fountain
We can’t see them, but they roll like dices.
Roll them and it may fall on all sides.
Microscopic in scope and flowing like a tide
They come ashore often with different waves
Beneath the seas, the lock ness hides
Is it in the soil, air, water or cup?
They’re everywhere you go
And on everything you touch
All over the couch
The commode and the bathtub
The pouch you have and hold
They adapt easily to new environments
Sometimes they play hide and seek
Mostly wrecking havoc to the host they invade
They reside under the canopy of the weak and restless
Awaiting the call to arms
They overtake all the defenses
They crush and blast until they recoil
Accepting the germs as the new Thomas Kincaid
They love the air and stay airborne
Some swim in the water
A few only spread with a hug or a touch
Mischievous ones perch on foods and drinks and lay some eggs
We have done a lot to understand these strange fellows
Through a scholarly program called Epidemiology
We discover, contain and prevent the occurrence
Reducing the risks and discovering the source
Vaccines and tablets keep the germs at bay
Eradication is a word that comes with a price
Fighting the forces that change and mutate
Sustaining the very best fight it can muster
It breaks away and spread the tentacles of fame
Germs simply stated with our best effort are here to stay.
Several countries have known the scourge
From the Bubonic plague across the sea
To Cholera and measles in many regions
Diphtheria once landed on the Asian pacific
Germs adapt and move with the wind
Thanks to the center for disease Control
They contain and reduce the spread of germs
Isolating and understanding our brethren in petri dishes
Anti-bodies help fight the scourge and limit the spread
Some say to prevent is the key to success
Drinking clean water and boiling our food
Covering the meat at the market place
Sweeping away the stagnant water in the yard
Can they be stopped?
Should they be destroyed?
What good are they anyway?
What is the fuss all about?
I’ll tell if you listen.
They cost so much once it spreads
Once smitten, productivity lessens
Children call off and smile less
Others cry and groan
The clinic liven up with needles and syrups
Penicillin and anti-biotic
Saline mixes and water bottles
Cough syrups and chest ointments
Ear drops and eye drops
Band-aids across the chin
For all the bad, germs also do some good
Some bacteria are cultivated developed into anti-bodies
A few reside in our intestines and helps with digestion
They ripen the Cheese and make it a delicacy
I guess there are several sides to the coin
The world of germs is not for the faint hearted
A complex place with complex terms
No matter the effort we provide
The ball seems to roll further downstream
We sweat and toil with the weight and strain
Germs can never go down the drain.
By Muyiwa Babalola (c) copyright 2010