Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hippos on Holiday - Billy Collins

is not really the title of a movie
but if it was I would be sure to see it.
I love their short legs and big heads,
the whole hippo look.
Hundreds of them would frolic
in the mud of a wide, slow-moving river,
and I would eat my popcorn
in the dark of a neighborhood theater.
When they opened their enormous mouths
lined with big stubby teeth
I would drink my enormous Coke.

I would be both in my seat
and in the water playing with the hippos,
which is the way it is
with a truly great movie.
Only a mean-spirited reviewer
would ask on holiday from what?


Long time readers of the Poem of the Day know that Billy Collins is a favorite of ours. He was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001-2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004-2006.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Good pick. I needed a happy hippo hit today!