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1138. Whalewhotamus

Genetic engineering had certainly come a long way when Rick Bergeron Ph.D. decided to cross a hippopotamus with a whale. Apparently they are fairly close genetic relations. They were not to be crossed exactly the way a horse and a donkey can be. Doctor Rick was to share genetic material and implant it in a female whale to see what would happen.

He was renowned for his skill. He was the one who had taken DNA from a guanlong remnant and brought them back into existence after millions of years. He was able to show that the crest at the top of its head wasn’t simply for sex appeal but served other purposes as well. And they had feathers! The guanlong bred like flies and eventually had to be exterminated because of the earth’s inability to feed them adequately. Whole flocks of sheep would disappear overnight.

The time drew nigh for the birth of the world’s first whalewhotamus. Planet Earth was hushed!

It drowned.

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.

641. Love affair

© Bruce Goodman 13 July 2015


Hilda the hippopotamus fell in love with Geronimo. But there was a problem: Geronimo was a giraffe.

What’s wrong with that? you might well ask. The difficulty was that they were into their third date and busy necking in the back seat of their Volkswagen, and there simply wasn’t enough room.

“There’s only one thing for it,” said Geronimo. “We need a sports car with a roll-back hood thingy.”

So that’s what they got and it solved lots of problems. Pretty soon, Hilda and Geronimo were married. They had six kids, three hipporaffes and three gipotamuses. They lived happily ever after, and actually, if you must know, some of their kids became quite famous.