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The Bottomless Hippopotamus

There was once a bottomless hippopotamus,
whose friend was a ubiquitous rhinoceros,
who lacked one thing, a horn he could call his own.
Now the bottomless hippopotamus did not know where to look,
for with four legs and no backside,
that wasn’t very good.
Sprawled, crawling on his belly in the mud,
until ubiquitous rhinoceros, Freddie had a thought,
“If you get me a horn, I will cast a spell,
so you can be fit and well.”
“What am I to do?” said the bottomless hippopotamus,
“I cannot even do, a…achoo!”
“Humph, what a smelly hippopotamus you are?
Go back, wallow in the mud and I will follow my star.”
The rhinoceros found his horn, stole it off a unicorn,
then cast his spell,
the hippopotamus made a big, big smell.
No longer was he a bottomless hippopotamus
but a hippo with a bottom and tail
and his best friend became a unicorn as well.
But there was that terrible smell of hippo pooh.
that Freddie could not forget.
They raced into the water and got very clean and wet.

About Geraldine Ward

Geraldine Ward has been writing and performing various forms of poetry and prose from an early age, and is a regular contributor at the London Farrago Poetry Slam nights. She has published a number of books including the "Now" collection, and has featured in other publications including Katie Metcalfe's "Beautiful Scruffiness" series of magazines.


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