(Just for the fun of it!)
How tiny can a microbe be?
They are so difficult to see!
Too small to see with naked eyes,
some truly have caused much surprise!
They were discovered long ago,
and still are good for quite a show.
They do rot food and make it spoiled,
just do make sure it's all well boiled!
If you do have an infection:
medicine does give protection.
Take it well and with persistence,
Or they will form a resistance.
Not all are bad, I must confess.
Strange feats and traits some do express.
And did you know that bread and cheese
are products of these little beasts?
They even serve as food for fish,
but not when on a petri dish.
Some are thin and some are thick,
some of them look like a stick.
Some of them form little spores,
others, still, are real bores.
They sit around and simply rest,
this puts my patience to the test!
Who would have guessed that they can too,
mathematical calculations do?
laws of math they are abiding!
Microbes even multiply,
their numbers sum up on the fly.
Millions of them side-by-side
makes them rather hard to hide.
Visible as strings and flakes,
they appear in many lakes.
In digestive systems too!
Welcome to the microbe zoo!
And through my microscope I see:
Well, nature’s vast diversity!
Some do not move, some float, some glide,
some show us quite a novel side:
Moving in a funny wiggle,
they do make me quite often giggle.
They live in water, earth and air,
Fire, though, they cannot bear!
I ask myself what do they eat?
What do they like, what kind of treat?
I marvel at the types I see,
At nature’s greatest mystery.
Microbes now are well in fashion:
evoking, yes, a certain passion.
Microbe hunting is my pleasure,
slides with microbes are my treasure.
Observing them gives quite a kick,
a microscope will do the trick!
Feb 2011, revised January 2021
(by Oliver Kim)