Today we read "The Germ" by Ogden Nash:
A mighty creature is the germ,
Though smaller than the 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.
Sarah was inspired to write this parody:
A fearsome creature is the gnat.
It builds its little habitat.
Flying in the air so small,
only to land on your basketball.
It flies on its tiny wings.
It gives you bumps by its stings.
Should you, my poppet, run away,
it will find you without delay.