Lament (Part XVII)
In 1912 Kazimierz Funk invented vitamin C.
Of course it was there all the time,
hidden away in orange and lime,
but we didn’t know that, did we?
If you’re going off in your sailing ship
you take enough food for weeks
and soon all that fresh stuff reeks.
There’s fish to eat but not even one chip.
Your joints swell up and your teeth drop out
Now scurvy’s the name of the game
You might not die but you’re never the same,
don’t let there be any doubt.
So if you found a plant who’s claim to fame
is that there’s vitamin C in the leaves
I’m sure you’d be really pleased
Well, Speedwell is it’s name.