The Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic Pup
Were playing in the garden when the Bunny gamboled up;
The hippopotamus is strong
And huge of head and broad of bustle;
The limbs on which he rolls along
Are big with hippopotomuscle.
Learn this now before you are older:
Don’t go through life with a chip on your shoulder,
Always aggrieved and ever offended,
The tusks which clashed in mighty brawls
Of mastodons, are billiard balls.
Amœbas at the start
Were not complex;
They tore themselves apart
And started Sex.
And Sex has ruled the earth
From then till this,
Because on the branch that is tapping my pane
A sun-wakened leaf-bud, uncurled,
Is bursting its rusty brown sheathing in twain,
I know there is Spring in the world.
The planets are bells on his motley,
He fleers at the stars in their state,
He banters the suns burning hotly-
The Jester whose nickname is Fate.
The Deer don't dine
When a Wolf's about,
And the Porcupine
Sticks his quill-points out.
I never loved your plains!--
Your gentle valleys,
Your drowsy country lanes
And pleachéd alleys.