(in diseases, both modern and old)?
Oh, the plague called bubonic
Could be labelled platonic
When compared to this iron-grippe hold!
Oh, the first days are really the worst,
As the sneezes and blows come in bursts.
Understanding is zealous
(also, secretly jealous)
By friends who feel they've been there first.
Consider (let's, just for a starter),
Germ for germ, were we able to barter,
Would we welcome a trend
That leads right to the end
And be grateful to die like a martyr?
February 1, 2002