The Common Cold


…is what I hate the most.

Most people think of the Cold as just a messy inconvenience. I think it’s a disease! And a horrid one at that.

Mahogany, the one who lives on a Jet Plane, thinks so too.  At least there’s someone who sympathizes and empathizes. 🙂

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2 responses to “The Common Cold

  1. dipali

    my sympathies. I feel so miserable with a cold, and never ever get a decent fever that would justify staying in bed(:
    Get well soon.

  2. dipali

    Another sympathizer, Aanchal! The inimitable Ogden Nash himself:)

    Common Cold

    Go hang yourself, you old M.D.!
    You shall not sneer at me.
    Pick up your hat and stethoscope,
    Go wash your mouth with laundry soap;
    I contemplate a joy exquisite
    I’m not paying you for your visit.
    I did not call you to be told
    My malady is a common cold.

    By pounding brow and swollen lip;
    By fever’s hot and scaly grip;
    By those two red redundant eyes
    That weep like woeful April skies;
    By racking snuffle, snort, and sniff;
    By handkerchief after handkerchief;
    This cold you wave away as naught
    Is the damnedest cold man ever caught!

    Give ear, you scientific fossil!
    Here is the genuine Cold Colossal;
    The Cold of which researchers dream,
    The Perfect Cold, the Cold Supreme.
    This honored system humbly holds
    The Super-cold to end all colds;
    The Cold Crusading for Democracy;
    The Führer of the Streptococcracy.

    Bacilli swarm within my portals
    Such as were ne’er conceived by mortals,
    But bred by scientists wise and hoary
    In some Olympic laboratory;
    Bacteria as large as mice,
    With feet of fire and heads of ice
    Who never interrupt for slumber
    Their stamping elephantine rumba.

    A common cold, gadzooks, forsooth!
    Ah, yes. And Lincoln was jostled by Booth;
    Don Juan was a budding gallant,
    And Shakespeare’s plays show signs of talent;
    The Arctic winter is fairly coolish,
    And your diagnosis is fairly foolish.
    Oh what a derision history holds
    For the man who belittled the Cold of Colds!

    Ogden Nash

    me: Thanks. 🙂
    Am all good now. And ready for Christmas. 🙂
    And, thanks for the Nash poem. Both G and I LOVE Ogden Nash! Recently bought a book with his complete works. It’s awesome! 🙂

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