Sometimes It’s Better By Bus… by Mike Harding

Why does the hirsute chimpanzee

Swing pendulous from tree to tree?

He thinks it probably less fuss

Than waiting for the hippopotabus.

And yet the hungry anaconda

Through the trees is known to wander

Though the jungle bus is often late

It’s better than being ate.

by Mike Harding


The Hippopotamus by Hilaire Belloc

I shoot the Hippopotamus

With bullets made of platinum.

Because if I used leaden ones

His hide is sure to flatten ’em.


by Hilaire Belloc