Science Fun of the Week

(May 5th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: A poetic bug.

The Microbe
by Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

The microbe is so very small
You cannot make him out at all.
But many sanguine people hope
To see him down a microscope.
His jointed tongue that lies beneath
A hundred curious rows of teeth;
His seven tufted tail with lots
Of lovely pink and purple spots
On each of which a pattern stands,
Composed of forty separate bands;
His eyebrows of a tender green;
All these have never yet been seen –
But Scientists, who ought to know,
Assure us they must be so …
Oh! let us never, never doubt
What nobody is sure about!

From More Beasts for Worse Children (1900)

Last Changes: 05.25.2017