Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

On The Verandah (Children) - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

A chicken sat on the verandah
next to a cuddly bear, a Panda.
One of the two had spindly legs
and (you can count on it) lays eggs.
The other one is big and furry
and lazy, never in a hurry.
You ask me, why, on a verandah
these two would sit (not be in school) ?
'Cause in the country called Uganda
some people even have a mule
or - if the house is big enough -
an elephant or a giraffe,
a Hippo (though they huff and puff) .
You must remember all the same
that all these wild ones should be tame.
As you can see, down in Uganda
they keep strange things on their verandah.
I had a Hippo once that huffed
and puffed, but it was stuffed.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 1, 2005

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