Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Great Hippo Couplet Contest

Show of hands.  Who wants to win a hippo charm?

Is it you?

Here's what you do.  I've been writing hippo couplets for a while, and, while I'm not out of rhymes, I'd love to see some of yours.  So go ahead and write a hippo couplet (or two or three) and post in the Comments section.

On Monday, July 11th, at 9pm PDT,  while the hippos charms watch to make sure I'm not cheating, I'll pull a name from the entrants and that hippo poet laureate will will a hippo charm.

So rhymers, start your engines.  Plenty of hippo charms here and here for inspiration.

Here's today's couplet:

His nose and ears have special flaps
That close for submerged hippo naps.

Some past couplets to inspire you.

However can a hippo run?
His hide alone weighs half a ton.

Consider the mouth of the great hippopotamus.
His jaws, if he wanted, could swallow a lot of us.

His hide?  Half a ton.  His girth?  Enormous.
But in terms of dining, he's quite the conformist.

With salad for snacks, dinner, luncheon and breakfast.
To switch him to pasta, you'd need an exorcist.

You'll find him in Zambia, Swaziland, Rwanda
Running as fast as your Grandma's old Honda.

And if hippo catches you, here's some advice:
You'd best climb a tree.  Jogging hippos aren't nice.

Now get couplet-ing!


  1. I'm not sure if this is a couplet, but I'll try.

    Baby Hippos are cute, as cute as they come.
    But, watch out for mother, she weighs a ton!

  2. Ode, or couplet, to Schmedley the skulking skunk!

    Schmedley thinks he's completely autonomous
    Until he encounters our pet hippopotamus

  3. What fun, and so many cute hippos! Here is my entry.

    My spaghetti was bottomless!
    But, Oy I feel like a hippopotamus.

  4. I just love the hippos! Here is my best stab at a couplet:

    Consider the hide of this humble beast:

    Better pet him nice or you could be his feast!

  5. Crossstitchclaire22@yahoo.comJuly 5, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    He glides elegantly swiftly he goes,
    Along the river bed on his tippie toes!

    The river horse a beautiful beast,
    and oh so partial to a midnight feast.

  6. crossstitchclaire22@yahoo.comJuly 5, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    just thought of another,

    The hippo is happy wallowing in the mud,
    he lands in the puddle with a plop and a thud!

  7. The magnificent hippo, sized super-grand,
    a ballerina in the water, but not on the land!

    A hippo's mouth gets a lot of attention,
    due to its jaw's incredible hyper-extension!

    A hippo's size is no joking matter!
    If you ate as much, you, too, would get fatter!

  8. hrmpf! i thought i posted mine this morning but i don't see it! not good at things like this but i love the hippos and must goes

    hippos can dance as we saw in fantasia

    but if they do it too much they are prone to dysplasia....


  9. Tee ( 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Hippos are cute and hippos are sweet
    but don't get caught under a hippos feet!

  10. Hippo charms are charming without a doubt;
    but a real hippo'd have no problem takin' you out!

  11. Hippo charms are charming without a doubt;
    but a real hippo'd have no problem takin' you out!