The Hippopotamus

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #249 – “Playing Favorites #5”
“Choose a line from a favorite poem, or poet and use that as the title, a line or the inspiration for your poem. It could be a classic poet or one of our compatriots on the many poetry blogs with which we associate. As always, identify the poem and poet from which you cull your snippet and give credit where it is due.”

Behold the hippopotamus
He’s as big in front as his bottom is.
In Fantasia, hippos wore tu-tus
In real life, they would have refused.
They got their name from Ancient Greek–
river horse–name not fancied, but they could not speak Greek.

“Behold the hippopotamus” first line of an Ogden Nash poem,
entitled, Hippopotamus.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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