Oliver Herford


The Hippopotamus - Poem by Oliver Herford

'Oh, say, what is this fearful, wild,
Incorrigible cuss?'
'This *creature* (don't say 'cuss,' my child;
'Tis slang)-this creature fierce is styled
The Hippopotamus.
His curious name derives its source
From two Greek words: hippos-a horse,
Potamos-river. See?
The river's plain enough, of course;
But why they called *that* thing a *horse*,
That's what is Greek to me.'

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 16, 2010

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