Strictly Germ-Proof

2Were playing in the garden when the Bunny gamboled up;
3They looked upon the Creature with a loathing undisguised; -
4It wasn't Disinfected and it wasn't Sterilized.
5They said it was a Microbe and a Hotbed of Disease;
6They steamed it in a vapor of a thousand-odd degrees;
7They froze it in a freezer that was cold as Banished Hope
9In sulphurated hydrogen they steeped its wiggly ears;
10They trimmed its frisky whiskers with a pair of hard-boiled shears;
11They donned their rubber mittens and they took it by the hand
12And 'lected it a member of the Fumigated Band.
15And each imbibes his rations from a Hygienic Cup --
16The Bunny and the Baby and the Prophylactic Pup.


1] Prophylactic: disease-preventing. Back to Line
8] permanganate: a salt of permanganic acid. carbolated soap: a salt of carbolic acid. Back to Line
13] Micrococcus: spherical bacterium, usually found on the skin of mammals. Back to Line
14] iodoform: compound of iodine used as an antiseptic. Back to Line
Publication Notes: 
Guiterman, Arthur, The Laughing Muse (New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1915): 11-12. First published in Women's Home Companion (1906).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire