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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

One Dirty Dish

For once, he’d listened to his wife,
How to ameliorate her life,
And he went without delay,
To take her on a holiday.

But as he hastened to comply,
In proving he was one sweet guy,
He left his glistening lab in less
Than pristine order, I confess.

While those two hurried who knows where,
One petri dish abandoned there,
A part of his criteria,
Was moistened with bacteria.

When they returned, that fateful dish,
Was not as clean as they could wish.
Bacteria, possession had,
And things were looking rather bad.

Except one place had not been ‘got’,
No icky growth upon that spot.
Instead, a little bit of mold
Had landed there and taken hold.

Beating off the icky stuff,
And proving it had strength enough,
Its presence brought discovery,
And new ways for recovery.

I guess you’ve guessed by now that guy
Was christened Fleming from on high.
And penicillin, started small
S’the best discovery of all!

After that, we note that he
Made no startling discoveries.
His wife, by his chaos dismayed
Decided she would hire a maid.


Today, Delores of Under the Porch Light, has issued these six words: Listenglistenchristenmoistenhastenpenicillin
Now go and see what the rest of her slaves co-workers have done with them!

14 comments:

  1. HAHAHAHAHA! Perfect ending, Diane!!!

    'True' indeed :)

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    1. Heehee! This one just sort of wrote itself . . .

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  2. Fabulous. When can I buy that collection of poems girl?

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    1. Almost there! I'm going to hold a contest to name it . . .

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    1. Me, too! I have a think about dirty dishes. If I was his wife, I'm afraid penicillin never would have been discovered!

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  4. What a great discovery that was too. Saved so many lives.
    Fantastic poem.

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  5. I really enjoyed this one. I thought the words were well used. What a great discovery this was and saved so many lives through the years. Yes, I would have got a maid too.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, LeAnn! I had to write a report about the discovery years ago in high school. I'll never forget the urgency, following the discovery, as people were dying just before it was ready.

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