A homesick German measle

Said: “I’ll take things in hand!

A journey cross the seas’ll

Show me my fatherland.”

He got himself contracted

By a traveller to Berlin.

But border-guards reacted,

And wouldn’t let him in.

“Halt, Fremde! Show your papers!”

The officer was firm.

Life’s sadness can’t escape us:

A dispatriated germ.