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    • POEM: I Had A Hippopotamus by Patrick Barrington (7/18/2007 11:05:00 AM)

      And had his portrait done by a celebrity in chalk (chalks)
      if he should be affected by depression or the dumps (and should he be)
      By hippopotameasles or the hippopotamumps (lose the 'the')
      I never knew a particle of peace 'till it was plain (I would nurse him tenderly and leave him only when,)
      He was hippopotamasticating properly again
      Time takes alas! our joys from us and rids us of our blisses (Nature takes our joys from us and robs us of.....)

      My landlady regarded her

      No longer he displays among the motor tyres and spanners (No longer does he display)

      No longer now he gambles in the orchards in the spring (No longer does he gambol in...)

      To his hippopotamusically-meditated voice (modulated)

      I learned this song from a British Bermudan in 1954 (I'd hum the tune if I could) . The changes I have suggested come from his version.