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Post-mirror-look reflections

The Hippopotamus, by Ogden Nash

Behold the hippopotamus!
We laugh at how he looks to us,
And yet in moments dank and grim,
I wonder how we look to him.
Peace, peace, thou hippopotamus!
We really look all right to us,
As you no doubt delight the eye
Of other hippopotami.

About Samit Basu

Novelist. Best known for fantasy and science fiction work. Most recently, The City Inside (Tordotcom)/Chosen Spirits (Simon and Schuster)


7 thoughts on “Post-mirror-look reflections

  1. so darling, you think I’m a hippo?
    Time sure has changed….

    Posted by susan | November 22, 2005, 3:24 pm
  2. ‘The Ant’ by Ogden Nash

    The ant has made himself illustrious
    Through constant industry industrious.
    So what?
    Would you be calm and placid
    If you were full of formic acid?

    knock yourself out: http://www.westegg.com/nash/

    Posted by gideon the gorilla | November 22, 2005, 6:20 pm
  3. Aww! It can’t be all that bad?

    Posted by The Marauder's Map | November 23, 2005, 11:22 am
  4. ‘The Firefly’ by Ogden Nash

    The firefly’s flame
    Is something for which science has no name
    I can think of nothing eerier
    Than flying around with an unidentified glow on a person’s posterier.

    Posted by Accidental Fame Junkie | November 23, 2005, 7:46 pm
  5. In view of all this, I must present my self-composition.
    *ahem* It’s called The Meercat, and it’s quite affecting.

    The meercat is a funny thing,
    It has no bite, it has no sting,
    It has a disconcerting habit,
    Of sitting upright, like a rabbit
    It doesn’t follow rules of thumb,
    In fact, it’s really rather.. dumb,
    But, though not the jungle’s brightest fruit,
    The meercat IS, definitely, cute.

    Posted by eM | November 23, 2005, 7:48 pm
  6. I definitely fall in the category of “other hippopotami” then 🙂

    Posted by motheater | November 24, 2005, 3:59 am
  7. candy is dandy but liquor is quicker

    – sleepless in sf

    Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2005, 7:57 pm

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November 2005


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