An Ode to Mumps

I borrowed mothers Dr. Book
It’s pages scanned & scanned
I learned what causes Rheumaty
In both your feet and hand.

I learned what makes the liver sick
The heart with all it’s ill’s.
The many aches & pains we have
For which we must take pills.

But woe is me for I forgot
while learning why bumps make humps
I clean forgot to investigate
To see what causes mumps.

O. Well


– by Calista Gregg Jones