Well, let me tell you:
On holiday from the dangers,
Death, and decay that are this sad world’s coin.
To these things the hippos are not strangers.
Who wouldn’t want to stop and join
Them in peacefully vacating –
Even if for just a little while—
These dark things that erase our smiles.
So, sign up me and all of mine today
To join Billy’s happy hippos on holiday!
But, wait! Our places are already reserved
For us by Jesus,
Who the whole world
Offers of salvation
And a future peaceful world
Has already freely served.
July 7, 2016
This is my answer to Billy Collins’ delightful poem: “Hippos On Holiday”, which you can look up on Poem Hunter www.poemhunter.com
or see performed on youtube at