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AFRICAN ANTHOLOGY

walking gracefully  ~
with a pendulum movement
a herd of giraffes   ~

the mass migration
crocodiles at the river
food for the taking

gazelles are running  ~
a hungry cheetah gives chase
speed is the winner  ~

a lone male lion  ~
approaches a sleeping pride
the battle begins  ~

an elephant herd  ~
arrive at the water hole
use trunks to cool down

a swarm of locusts
devouring vegetation
skeletal branches  ~

army on the move 
soldier ant battalion
have left a scorched earth

vultures in the trees  ~
animals weakened by thirst
death is imminent  ~

a downed buffalo  ~
lions watch as herd returns
bulls scatter the pride  ~

basking in cool mud
the african river horse
hippopotamus  ~

laughing hyenas  ~
find an unguarded carcass
scavengers feasting  ~

at the water hole  ~
animals quenching their thirst
alert for danger  ~

a crash of rhino  ~
hunted for their ivory
extinction looming  ~

a small antelope  ~
found on the African plains
cute looking dik dik  ~

the baobab tree  ~
silhouetted at sunset
african icon   ~


Copyright © Tom Cunningham | Year Posted 2018


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Horse From Mars

HORSE FROM MARS

It came from the sky, a gray silver stallion.
I looked up high, and I have also seen a dragon.

With so many things in this universe.
I'm on stand-by with a camera in my purse. 

Who would have known I'd be the first to spot a PEGASUS.
The town folks wave hi every time I walk my hippopotamus.

I enjoy showing everyone, my pictures of a flying horse.
I don't see why they call a DOCTOR every time I call the TASK FORCE

I think they are jealous over all the things I've seen.
They act all crazy since I sighted a LEPRECHAUN when I was fourteen.

No one ever believed me when I saw an army of dragonflies.
They have a name for me "the boy who See's too much in the skies!"

I don't know why they can't see what I see.
For all I know they are all experiments under Alien Technology.

They don't believe me how I got this magic MEDALLION.
It was a friendly gift from the silver stallion.

I also have many pictures of a  UNICORN.
We became best-friends when he gave me a piece of its magic horn.

We sat together while he drank from the lake.
We enjoyed talking, --talking about how U.F.O.'s are fake.

Why can't they see? The day I fell off a boat, I got rescued by a MERMAID!
Who would have known a mermaid swim around with first-aid.

I also remember the day I followed a LEPRECHAUNS.
We were playing under the rainbow having so much fun.

When I told my doctor about all the things I've seen.
He locked me in a DUNGEON, thinking I was the ALIEN QUEEN.

I begged and I told him I don't believe in any type of alien.
Too bad the master of this dungeon came from another region.

In a way he looks like that one SILVER STALLION from Mars.
The first creature I'd seen the day I fell off the monkey bars.

I have this picture of this horse of course.
JUST help me out of this white-jacket!!! ;-)
If you want to see the coolest picture of a flying horse. 

   ~SKAT~
       &
(A small collaboration with: B-Boy)

re-post for ~FUNNY CONTEST


Copyright © SKAT A | Year Posted 2011


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My Alphabet

A a 	big A little a
                   What words start with the letter A
                       Alligator, Airplane, Apple
The alligator sneaked into the airplane to eat an apple.  Aa Aa Aa

B b 	big B little b
                   What words start with the letter B
                       Butterfly, Boy, Banana
A beautiful butterfly landed on the boy ’s nose while he ate a banana. Bb Bb Bb

C c	 big C little c
                    What words start with the letter C
                        Caterpillar, Candy, Car
I ate my sour caterpillar candy in the car. Cc Cc Cc

D d	 big D little d
                    What words start with the letter  D
                        Dog, Doll, Donkey
The dog took off with my doll with the donkey chasing him. Dd Dd Dd

E e	 big E little e
                    What words start with the letter E
                        Elephant, Ear, Eye
The elephant touched his ear and eye with his trunk. Ee Ee Ee

F f	 big F little f
                    What words start with the letter F
                        Fish, Flower, Frog
The frog sat on the lily flower while the fish swam around the pond. Ff  Ff  Ff

G g	 big G little g
                    What words start with the letter G
                        Goat, Giraffe, Grasshopper
Billy goat runs and jumps on the giraffe’s back to chase the grasshopper.  Gg Gg Gg

H h	 big H little h
                    What words start with the letter H
                        Hippopotamus, Heart, Hat
Harry the hippopotamus who has a big heart, wears his favorite hat. Hh Hh Hh

I i	 big  I little i
                     What words start with the letter I
                         Inchworm, Iron, Ice cream
The inchworm stayed away because the iron was hot and the ice cream was cold. Ii Ii Ii

J j 	big J  little j
                   What words start with the letter J
                       Jacket, Jeep, Jelly
I left my jacket in the jeep while I ate my jelly sandwich. Jj Jj Jj

K k	 big K  little k
                    What words start with the letter K
                         Kangaroo, Key, Kitten
Lulu the kangaroo wore a key on a chain around her neck while she carried the kitten in her pouch. Kk Kk Kk

L i	 big L little l
                    What words start with the letter L
                         Lizard, Ladybug, Lego
Charlie the lizard stops to see the ladybug climb up the Lego. Ll Ll Ll

M m 	big M little m
                   What words start with the letter M
                       Monkey, Mouse, Moon
The monkey and mouse sitting on a tree limb together looking at the man on the moon. Mm Mm Mm

N n	 big N little n
                    What words start with the letter N
                        Nose, Nest, Nut
Nancy the squirrel put her nose near the nest to smell the nut at the bottom. Nn Nn Nn

O o	 big O little o
                    What words start with the letter O
                        Ostrich, Orange, Owl
The ostrich saw the orange and ran over and swallow it so he didn’t have to share with the owl.  Oo Oo Oo

P p	 big P little p
                    What words start with the letter P
                         Pig, Pillow, Pumpkin
Piggy the pig lies on the pillow while he throws the pumpkin up in the air.  Pp Pp Pp

Q q	 big Q little q
                     What words start with the letter Q
                          Queen, Quarter, Quail
The Queen of hearts threw a quarter in the air and a quail flew by and caught it. Qq Qq Qq

R r	 big R little r
                    What words start with the letter R
                         Rabbit, Roster, Rocket
The rabbit and the rooster took a rocket ride to visit the moon. Rr Rr Rr

S s	 big S  little s
                    What words start with the letter S
                        Sun, Shovel, Snowman
The children played out in the sun using a shovel to make a snowman.  Ss Ss Ss

T t 	big T  little  t
                   What words start with the letter T
                        Ticket, Table, Train
I  left the ticket on the table for the train ride. Tt Tt Tt

U u	 big  U little  u
                     What words start with the letter U
                         Unicorn, Umbrella, Unicycle
The unicorn held an umbrella over his head so he wouldn’t get wet in the rain while riding his unicycle.  Uu Uu Uu

V             big V  little v
                    What words start with the letter V
                        Violin, Vegetables, Vase
The musician played his violin as he watched the vegetables grow in the vase. Vv Vv 
Vv

W w         big W little w
                    What words start with the letter  W
                        Watch, Watermelon, Wagon,
Watson looked at his watch to see if it was lunch time so he could eat his watermelon on the wagon. Ww Ww Ww

X x	 big X  little x
                    What words start with the letter X
                        Xebec, Xylophone, X-ray,
The sailors on the xebec played the ping, ping, ping music on the xylophone while on their way to deliver an x-ray to Xavier.   Xx Xx Xx

Y y 	 big Y little y
                    What words start with the letter Y
                         Yarn, Yo-Yo, Yogurt
The yarn broke loose on the yo-yo when Billy was doing a trick and it flew into the yogurt.  Yy Yy Yy

Z z	 big Z  little  z
                    What words start with the letter  Z
                         Zebra, Zipper, Zoo
The zebra zipped up the zipper on his jacket when it got cold at the zoo. Zz Zz Zz



By: Eve Roper 8/19/2015


Copyright © Eve Roper | Year Posted 2015


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As I Paddled the River Nile

As I paddled the river Nile
I met a monstrous crocodile. 
She smiled at me enticingly.   
I smiled deferentially.  
Through large white teeth to me she said, 
"I want you in my river bed." 

"We are not acquainted enough
for such intimate, tasteless stuff," 
I cried.  A hippopotamus 
opined, "Hey, we're amphibious. 
We're inclined to romp through marshes; 
come, let's crush some reedy rushes." 

I paddled hard away.  The Nile 
now swirled by rapidly awhile
to the sea.  There where its two brinks 
grow apart it flows past a sphinx 
who lies prone and thinks endlessly 
deep thoughts about eternity. 

For eons and eons his mind 
thought thoughts about how to unbind 
gravity from mentality    
throughout universality, 
that we might freely float;  
no more need to paddle my boat.  

Unfortunately, he has no gumption 
to follow his least assumption; 
but we do chat on fluently
of, to wit, stuff way beyond me 
like hieroglyphic-ally writ 
papyri.  When he will not quit 

I wander alone to a tomb 
where lies Cleopatra, of whom 
each schoolgirl knows; how her last gasp 
came as she clasped to breast her asp. 
Grasp that story's significance
twixt geometry class and dance.

Whilst she patronymic-ally 
reigned, a most royal Ptolemy; 
she told Marc, "My new last 'nym' now'll
be 'Anthony'."  This, post her roll 
out, quite nude, from Julius' rug.  
His offer of sex met her mere shrug.  

I stood amid a pyramid 
or three and pondered where they hid, 
these pharaohs, all their treasury. 
Was power or mere pleasury 
their true architectural plan? 
To ever tell, no pharaoh can.  

These writs I write as my boat drifts
midst original hieroglyphs 
through the Mediterranean.  
I don't need a librarian  
to see, no sociology 
compares to Egyptology.   




Copyright © John Smith | Year Posted 2011


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Harvey the Hippo

Harvey the Hippo

Harvey is a huge hippopotamus
Who bathes in a bay that is bottomless
HIs mouth is as large as a riverboat barge
And he weighs ten times more than a lot of us

Big Harvey isn’t nasty or troublesome
Nor like other guys who are double dumb
He just wanders around stomping the ground
Looking for pieces of bubble gum

Harvey owns a fine yellow cummerbund
And sewn on the back is the number one
He wears it right proudly and bellows quite loudly
While playing outside in the summer sun

Once Harvey met up with a crocodile
Together they decided to walk a mile
Near the shore they strolled, but the water got cold
So they sat down to talk on the dock a while

Eating Oreo cookies about four apiece
They talked about matters of war and peace
They discussed the economy, art, and astronomy
And the huge immigration of foreign geese

Then walking back toward his new shiny house
Harvey stopped for a chat with a tiny mouse
Her name was Du Barry; they decided to marry
And soon come a baby named Stanislaus

A handsome young child was Stanislaus
Dressed up in his fine silken Spanish blouse
They all had made history; this was no mystery
For Stan was the first Hippopotamouse

Huge Harvey adored his sweet ladylove
From her wee little feet to her head above
He brought her some strings and other fine things
Including a snowy white turtledove

Harvey has grown really mellow now
He seldom produces a bellow now
But if you’re down by the bay, you can still see him play
This wondrous and gentle old fellow now






Copyright © alan balter | Year Posted 2017


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The Wild Kingdom

Antelope
Brown Bear
Cat
Dolphin
Elephant
Flamingo
Goose
Hippopotamus
Iguana
Jellyfish
King Snake
Leopard
Mink
Newt
Opossum
Puma
Quail
Rat
Snail
Tiger
Uakari
Viper
Whale
X-ray Fish
Yak
Zebra


Copyright © Sienna Muniz | Year Posted 2010


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HIPPOPOTAMUS

Once There was a man called Callamus
Who was sick in the hypothalamus
In the swamp he slept
And open mouth he kept
Because he thought he was a hippopotamus


Copyright © Poetic Flame | Year Posted 2018


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Sweet Dreams, Princess

Daddy read another fairy tale and nightly prayers were said.
He tenderly kissed his little princess and gently tucked her in bed.
Pausing to gaze upon her sweet face lying in innocent repose,
He mused, "She's more beautiful than God's most magnificent rose!"

Moonbeams stroke her golden curls as through the panes they stream,
Also, lighting the way for pleasant things of which she'll later dream.
Mister Bear lies by her side - she clutched him in tight embrace,
He who will guard her from ferocious ogres that she might face!

Her toys leapt to life - in her visions they danced about with glee!
Miss Molly her dolly invited her to scrumptious scones and tea.
Mister Brown the silly clown staged a very exciting show.
Madame Katrina the ballerina danced daintily on heel and toe!

Brian the stuffed lion loosed a mighty roar joining in the fray,
Challenging Gus the hippopotamus as they jousted in friendly play.
Mack the Jack-In-The-Box performed his whimsical routine,
Trying to upstage the frisky puppets, Clarence and Christine!

Vince her prince carried her away on Rocky his rocking horse,
To a castle made of Lincoln Logs, living ever happily of course!
At dawn her dreams were over - she awoke to hug Mom and Dad, 
Sleepily saying, "I'm kinda tired but what a fun night I had!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
(c) 14 Jun 2015 All Rights Reserved

Entry for Thomas Martin's "Show But Don't Tell" Contest


Copyright © Robert L. Hinshaw | Year Posted 2015


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A Pony From Mars

HORSE FROM MARS

It came from the sky, a gray silver stallion
I looked up high behind the stallion was a dragon

With so many things in this universe
I'm on standby 24/7 with a camera in my purse 

Who would have known I'd be the first to spot a PEGASUS
The town folks wave hi every time I walk my hippopotamus

I enjoy showing everyone pictures of a flying horse
I don't understand why the DOC got mad when I called the task force

The town is jealous over all the things I've seen
Ever since the day I sighted a LEPRECHAUN at the age of fourteen

No one ever believed, when I saw an army of dragonflies
They had a name for me "the kid who Sees too much in the sky!"

I don't know why they can't see what I see
For all I know they don't believe me

If you don't believe, then explain how I got this magic MEDALLION
It was a gift from the dragon and silver stallion

I also have many pictures of a  UNICORN
Who gave me a piece of its magic horn

I sat by UNI" while he drank from the lake
We enjoyed talking,  how U.F.O.'s are fake

Once  I fell off a boat and got rescued by a MERMAID!
Who would have known a mermaid swim around with first-aid?

I also remember the day I followed a LEPRECHAUN
We were playing under the rainbow having fun

When I told my doctor about all the things I've seen
He locked me in a DUNGEON, thinking I was an ALIEN QUEEN.

I begged and I told him I don't believe in any type of alien
Too bad the master of this dungeon came from another region

In a way, he looks like that one SILVER STALLION from Mars
The first sighting I'd seen the day I fell from the monkey bars

I have this picture of this horse of course
JUST help me out of this white jacket!!! ;-)
If you want to see the coolest picture of a flying horse

-
Collaboration


Copyright © SKAT A | Year Posted 2010


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Only Found Here


This is the land
known for its unique diversity
You don't have to search very hard,
just look around at the different exotic trees
The baobab and the coconut,
the eucalyptus and the almug
History books have done this place an injustice,
tried to sweep its uniqueness under the rug
But it's truly the animals that make this land a rare place
Search around the world and it becomes clear,
these one-of-a-kind creatures will only be found here:
The rhinoceros,
a real unicorn possessing one mean horn
He has a surly disposition,
it's best not to get in his path
He will trample you given the least provocation
The gorilla,
a real gentle giant, king of the jungle
He has incredible strength
to match his calm demeanor
When passing through his domain,
understand who in the tropical forest reign
The giraffe,
the real guardian of the realm
She alerts all the other animals when there's danger
Has the ability to see things afar off,
it's good to have the tallest sentry standing at the helm
The hippopotamus,
a real river juggernaut
She moves with the grace of a bowling ball ingot
Has the temperament of a smoldering fire,
will rain pain down on you, should you spark her ire
The zebra,
a real zoological rarity
Has those signature black and white stripes
He lets you see him in the daytime,
she lets you see her in the night
All of these one-of-a-kind animals
can only be found in this very special place ---
Africa,
sweet Africa
Birthplace of the human race


Copyright © Freddie Robinson Jr. | Year Posted 2016


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Pardon Me

The digestive system, what can I say, 
A favorite to exercise many times a day. 
It’s always working whether awake or asleep, 
And most of the time you don’t hear a peep. 
But once in a while, loud sounds can be heard, 
If from someone else, then give them this word. 
Borborygmus it’s called in the singular form, 
But hearing it once is just not the norm. 
Borborygmi it’s known as the plural kind, 
But don’t let this words get you out of your mind. 
Remember…
One hippopotami cannot get on a bus,
Cause one hippopotami is two hippopotamus.
Just memorize the words, load your burb gun, 
Borborygmi means many, borborygmus means one.



Copyright © LR Waldman | Year Posted 2016


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Sweet Dreams, Princess!

Daddy read another fairy tale and nightly prayers were said.
He tenderly kissed his little princess and gently tucked her in bed.
Pausing to gaze upon her sweet face lying in innocent repose,
He mused, "She's more beautiful than God's most magnificent rose!"

Moonbeams stroke her golden curls as thro' the panes they stream,
Also, lighting the way for pleasant things of which she will dream.
Mister Bear lies by her side - she clutched him in tight embrace,
He who will guard her from any dreadful ogres she might face!

Her toys leapt to life - in her visions they danced about with glee!
Miss Molly her dolly invited her to scrumptious scones and tea.
Mister Brown the silly clown staged a very exciting show.
Madame Katrina the ballerina danced daintily on heel and toe!

Brian the stuffed lion loosed a mighty roar, joining in the fray,
Challenging Gus the hippopotamus as they jousted in friendly play.
Mack the Jack-in-the-Box performed his whimsical routine,
Trying to out-do the frisky puppets, Clarence and Christine!

Vince her prince carried her away on Rocky his rocking horse,
To a castle made of Lincoln Logs, living ever happily of course.
At dawn her fantasies were over - she awoke to hug Mom and Dad.
Sleepily she says, "I'm kinda tired, but what a fun night I had!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
© All Rights Reserved

Honorable Mention in Tirzah Conway's "Fantasy" Contest - July 2010
Placed No. 3 in Joe Flach's "One For The Kiddies" Contest - Aug 2010





Copyright © Robert L. Hinshaw | Year Posted 2010


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hippopotamus

.
                                                  hippopotamus
                                      Fall's black cloud design in sky..
                                                 cloud dissipated



Copyright © Sara Kendrick | Year Posted 2011


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Christmas at the Cuckoo's Nest

CHRISTMAS AT THE CUCKOO'S NEST

Of all the holidays that come and go
Christmas is the one that we love best.
No matter how crazy, it just goes to show
we love the yuletide in the cuckoo’s nest.

We deck the halls with scat, and shirts
and wait for Santa all month long.
Cause when we catch him he is gonna get hurt
but we all love to sing Christmas songs.

Singing carols just fills up the hollow void
left by those who were able to forget me.
It does not help that they call me paranoid,
I sing “Santa Claus is Coming…to get me.”

The dark end of the year makes us feel pessimistic
so we gather to sing Yule songs round the tree.
Like all of those diagnosed narcissistic
singing “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing … About Me.”

We try to stay busy, doing brisk calisthenics
and writing letters home to those who are so dear
and singing along with the many schizophrenics
asking musically “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Guys with sexual identity crisis, playing on the recorder
for pyromaniacs constantly re-lighting their cigar.
and because they have multiple personality disorder
singing “We Three Queens Disoriented Are.”

We hung Holly because we heard we were supposed to,
but she went home, so we hung her in absentia.
“I’ll be home for Christmas”, but if I’m overdue
it will be because of my senile dementia.

The patients who are manic insist on decorating the walls.
Which I guess is better than being withdrawn,
except that they are always wanting to “Deck the Halls
and the Office, and the Beds, and the Staff and the Lawn…”

Christmas is depressing, even to those on the outside,
and the long dark days don’t bring spirits any higher.
But I've had enough of the many suicides
singing “Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire.”

“I Look Like a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is a tune
that always gets sung by the anorexics,
and we hear “Tables in Boyland” every day around noon
as it gets mangled by the many dyslexics.

We may be crazy, we might be weird,
but none of us think Christmas is for fools.
In our blissful ignorance we are sometime feared,
but we still wish you all a very cool Yule!


Copyright © Christopher Reilley | Year Posted 2014


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The Nervous Hippo

A hippopotamus walked the tight rope
Wobbling to and fro he did grope
To find some balance as he peered beneath
The spectators looked like ants in their seats

He tried to convince himself he was not afraid
He counted to ten and then he made
A deal with himself that he would not break
To never show off again and put his life at stake!


Copyright © Gwendolen Song | Year Posted 2014


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Slump Swamp Stream

An unfortunate calibre is a turtle turning in a towel. Vast vistas vacate villages videoing vests vehemently And all the time the sleeping beast snores as the cattle drive by in their mooving mobile manufactured machines. It is never wise to sit and stare at such a display of destruction. For restrictions can even be found in a tree root. Thus enabling an atomic automobile in an apron to attempt a curling dive. But not in a hairdressers nor in a cotton cottage garden. So one two three then whisper to the whales. How rather gallant. And how perfectly formed is a fine angled sheet on a washing line. Motionless but moving. Slight tepid breezes to assist drying. And a little flirtatious dove sparkling with a neat tiara and wand. Over a grey. Through a black. Olive oil and a sultry smile from a doorstep snake. Writhing in a wild wind. Such craftsmanship in an opaque skyline. Visionary visualising via very vertical vortexes. And quite often a radio held cup is indifferent to the fall out from portrayed portion of potatoes. Hahaha sensory steam hahaha lake learning laughter hahaha stem cell of sand xxxxx hypnotising hypothetical hippopotamus xxxxx bionic bread xxxxx vertiginous Z. Y POBYL 
San calibr anffodus yn troi crwban mewn tywel. golygfeydd helaeth yn gadael pentrefi gwneud fideo festiau chwyrn A'r holl amser y bwystfil cysgu snores wrth i'r gwartheg yn gyrru heibio yn eu mooving peiriannau a weithgynhyrchir symudol. Nid yw byth yn ddoeth i eistedd a syllu ar arddangosfa o'r fath o ddinistr. Ar gyfer cyfyngiadau gall hyd yn oed gael ei ganfod mewn gwreiddiau coed. Gan alluogi Automobile atomig mewn ffedog i geisio plymio cyrlio. Ond nid mewn siop drin gwallt nac mewn gardd bwthyn cotwm. Felly un dau tri, yna sibrwd at y morfilod. Sut hytrach dewr. A pha mor berffaith ffurfio taflen ongl dirwy ar lein ddillad. Llonydd ond yn symud. awelon claear Mân i gynorthwyo sychu. Ac ychydig o colomen flirtatious pefriog gyda tiara taclus a ffon. Dros llwyd. Drwy du. Olew olewydd a gwên sultry o neidr garreg y drws. Writhing mewn gwynt gwyllt. crefftwaith o'r fath mewn nenlinell afloyw. Delweddu Gweledigaethol drwy vortexes fertigol iawn. Ac yn aml iawn cwpan radio a gynhaliwyd yn ddi-hid at y gostyngiad allan o gyfran bortreadir o datws. Hahaha chwerthin dysgu synhwyraidd llyn hahaha stêm hahaha celloedd bonyn o xxxxx tywod hypnotising hippopotamus damcaniaethol xxxxx bara bionic xxxxx Z.LUMP vertiginous STREAM SWAMP


Copyright © Taoi Chanan | Year Posted 2016


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The Stunning Christmas Wishes

Better be ready Santa
I have the best wishes upon these stanzas

A flying cow for Christmas
And don't forget the hippopotamus for the adjust

Caroling jingling jingle which knitted for fun
Please seek it within the over side of fairy's barn

Maybe it still there lays on its lazy chair
Enjoying the fresh hot green tea with the hippopotamus pal on a smokey hair

Once I saw it flew
Once upon a time when the night caught in blue

The flying cow flew 
And don't forget it still shouted in moo

The hippopotamus along flew ..... ..... ..... 
Of course not! You know the hippo is heavy, don't you?

I want a flying cow for Christmas
I know the Santa will grant fast, but it should be paid with a huge trust

Santa said flying cow should not be given in solely
Hippopotamus was the bonus which I could have it for free

Now I had two presents in delivery
I will gladly welcoming you by chocolate cookies and hot tea 

(and both are sugar free) :D

**************************************************************
7th Place
A Christmas Wish In a Poem Contest
Sponsored by: Michael J. Falotico


Copyright © Yanny Widjanarko | Year Posted 2012


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Want A Hippo for Christmas?

Hippopotamus Only one of these will do! Want one for Christmas? Inspired by the song I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas


Copyright © Marty Owens | Year Posted 2009


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God's Grand Designs

Strolling thro' the zoo today, gazing at the various creatures,
I marveled at their shapes, colors and other distinctive features.
Some were graceful and sweet, others were cute and cuddly;
Others were grumpy and clumsy - some were downright ugly!

The ungainly giraffe, for instance, altho' much maligned,
Is one of the most graceful beasts that God designed.
But I saw no glamour in Godzilla the nine-hundred pound gorilla,
Scowling and holding the hand of his homely mate, Drusilla!

What splendid lions, tigers and other cats pacing to and fro!
And is there a more elegant animal than a fleet-footed doe?
The camels, elephants, kangaroos and yaks look mighty weird.
The buffalo isn't all that handsome with its shaggy beard!

Tho' 'tis risky with sneaky snakes, 'gators and crocs to coexist,
Even they are beautiful, according to the adoring herpetologist!
I suppose only its mother could love the lumbering rhinoceros.
For what purpose did God create the sinister hippopotamus?

Some seem to have been desisgned by an ad hoc senatorial committee,
And, alas, the results did not turn out to be all that pretty!
But beauty is in the eye of the beholder to savor and enthrall;
For each to treasure all of God's creatures, be they great or small!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
(© All Rights Reserved)


Copyright © Robert L. Hinshaw | Year Posted 2010


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Hippo and the Dodo

The Hippopotamus and the Dodo Bird wanted to paint pictures on the rocks.
They truly loved what humans did and were called pictographs.
Now the Dodo bird was flighty, so much so, that he could not even fly.
But still he took off all day long, FaLaLa’ing... inspiration for to find.
You see, taking care of business was not the Dodo’s normal state of mind…
He went from pictographs, to inspiration, to finally just running all around.
You might say what he worked for, like himself, will never now be found.
Him like his ideas never came close, you see, to getting off the ground.

The Hippo was so different… as different as he can be…
He wanted to do his best so he went to the Prehistoric University.
The University taught him all the finer things of being alive.
It also taught him pictographs and in the water how to survive.
To him learning was evolving as he painted on the finer art of dance… 
Now all the hippos learn from this, as babies in the water, they do prance…
Today, the pictographs still remain hidden on the underwater cliffs enhanced. 
And with this help… Hippos still become so graceful in their intricate dance.
That even Zoo’s demand their presence and protect them on their land.

The moral to this story is to always do the best you can…
And pay close attention that you do everything very well.
For the Dodo was too flighty to survive even to this day…
But the Hippo is still so very graceful as he dances the day away.


Copyright © Carol Eastman | Year Posted 2012


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What If

What if God hadn’t planned the world,
in his exact and perfect way?
He might have left out all the flowers,
that brighten up the day.
If he hadn’t made the sun so bright
or the moonlight so subdued,
how would that affect the ocean’s tide,
or the growing of our food?
Perhaps the bees and butterflies,
would not fit in the scheme
and we’d go to sleep in daylight
and were never meant to dream.
If the sunrise and the sunset
did not come in Technicolor
and the sky was always darkest gray,
or some hue even duller;
if the only animal he made,
was the hippopotamus
or maybe just for fun he’d add
the big rhinoceros
and the others things He gave us,
were slugs and bugs and such;
do you think we would be happy?
Would we like that very much?
And now I’ve had a dreadful thought.
I’m elated its not true.
Suppose in his forgetfulness,
He’d forgotten to make you.
Would he see how very sad I was,
if I had never met you?
That’s a very silly question, ‘cause
God never could forget you.

                                                                   For Desiree's contest "What If"


Copyright © Joyce Johnson | Year Posted 2011


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Schizophrenias Temple- Hope I am Making Sense

The suffering inflicted when I was George Bush I’ll gladly take back. This is my calling to give back to society. Love and fulfillment are fakes, I’ll not give in evil and good, all I can handle and take in hard work is a fluke and a trap to stop me from giving myself an applause. Nature can give its all, which is why the sun is black someone’s always telling me to go to the nearest bank and take it all. I love the idea because, I just watched a spider grow to a Hippopotamus then I realize I can take down the arm forces to please my possibility of glory in deliverance to mega winning lottery. Hope I am making sense!


Copyright © Funom Makama | Year Posted 2016


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Hippopotamus Lunch

Everyday I have lunch
With a pink hippopotamus
The menus always the same
Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches 
Oh, and Diet Cherry Coke 
Cause he likes the way it tickles his throat

His friends sometimes stop by
To join the both of us
Hippopotami 
If you're talking more than one of us
Or Hippo for short
If you're not into funny sounding words

Sometimes after lunch
Me and my friend the pink Hippopotamus 
Like to take a drive
To the beach in his Minibus
He loves to catch the rays
Plus hang ten on a few waves

If you ever care for lunch
Feel free to join me and my Hippopotamus 
But only if you like
Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches 
Because it's all that he will eat
Which is fine by me
Makes for easy cooking and cleaning


Copyright © Mike Hauser | Year Posted 2017


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Consciousness

1/9/17


With this no harm I meant
Life is marvelous

Faster than rocketships
Entering a higher level of consciousness
Around nautilus, hippopotamus other species and hominids
Another song I give
While realizing and accepting it may not be that long I live

I typed and wrote a lot of documents
Some of which
Were done with obnoxiousness
Barely putting much thought to it

Meals cooked with or without sausages
Way beyond the fringe
In a place where many lifeforms walk and swim
People having so much faith in god they give

Within waters that were/are seemingly bottomless
Ships getting lost in the mist
Near and far from any rocks and cliffs

Close and away from any necropolis
And sarcophagus

The problem is
Some were only concerned with their own prominence
World dominance
And opulence

In all honestness
How very odd was this

That there was ongoing reconaissance
Across all continents
And over the entire populace

In and out of any providence
Above and below so-called monuments

I'm really not all that talkative
And usually one to remain anonymous

I continue paying my homages
And follow through on all promises

Regardless of if we are polar opposites
In areas with the minimal to maximum amount of occupants

Times becoming ominous
Stay strong dont quit

I've done lost my mind, a time or two, but always tried to correct any wrongs I did

By: Dalton Ogletree


Copyright © Dalton Ogletree | Year Posted 2017


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The Kingdom of Genghis

So I asked my little Kublai with his big sad face
Where are the doggy toys that once litter the place
No chewy ball, no pull rope or bone of cloth
No toy birds or animals how did so much get lost

Kublai pointed his nose and glanced his eyes
Toward the fury Genghis caught by surprise
Genghis stretched his front legs and let out a yap
Rolled on his back and purred like a cat

Wagging his tail and licking Kublai face
But nothing could make up for what had taken place
Kublai growled and snapped at his little friend
Genghis dived under the bed his tail following him

Now Kublai be nice no fighting will resolve
We need little Genghis for this mystery to solve
So I bent down to get Ghengis from under my bed
This is what I saw with covers over my head

It looked like Noah's Ark had disembarked
A hundred plastic eyes stare at me from the dark
With flash light I begin to see
Little fury faces staring back at me

There were lions tigers and bears
A raccoon who had lost his hair
Squirrels and chipmunks a sock monkey or two
Cats and rabbits and a toy dog of blue

A tailless whale, a duck without his beak
A mouse and a hedgehog who had chewed feet
A elephant and donkey to be politically correct
A horse with mange a giraffe with a sore neck

There was a seal and rubber balls
A wingless goose and a zebra I recall
A headless clown, another mouse and armadillo
With stuffing of white exposed from these fellows

As I freed each toy into the light
Kublai happily dance with delight
After I removed the hippopotamus
There hid Genghis who brought this upon us

He crawled out from under his lair
His head was down from shame and fear
But I picked up the little growler and gave him a hug
And Kublai licked his face without a grudge

So now there is a legend within our home
If ever it seems all the toys have roamed
We know where to seek and free them
Under the bed in Genghis's Kingdom.



Copyright © Fritz Purdum | Year Posted 2013