Poem 40: Dare I compare you to a hippopotamus?

(The poetic form selected for this month is the English or Shakespearean Sonnet).

Dare I compare you to a hippopotamus?
You know you’re overweight and find it difficult
To wear nice clothes that fit and aren’t preposterous.
It’s really not your fault; it’s how you’re built.

You call me your giraffe because I’m thin.
I try to eat a lot but nothing works.
I walk on legs that look like skinny pins.
You laugh at me, and yes! your laughter irks.

But what a pair we are! The butt of jokes!
The fatty and the skinny grocery shopping!
One short, one tall, a pair, a gal and bloke,
The hippo and giraffe, one lean, one whopping.

And yet you are my love, my day, my night,
My sun, my moon, my stars, my world, my light.

To hear the poem read aloud click HERE.

27 thoughts on “Poem 40: Dare I compare you to a hippopotamus?

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks for that link. I have just spent the last three days typing out documents on the explosive properties of aluminium, each time spelling it with two i’s and having to correct it to the American spelling (because it was an American document). So I appreciated the haiku!

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