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Vanilla Gorilla & More Mammals

Poetry from Rhys Hughes

VANILLA GORILLA

I’m a gorilla

who likes the taste of vanilla

ice cream. You are a

tender orang-utan

who prefers the tang

of tangerine. I am rather glad

you aren’t a gibbon

infatuated with fig and

strawberry who feels

an inexplicable need

to devour the dairy dessert

in haste and render

the tub quite

hairy.

HUSKY DOG

I knew
a husky dog
      long ago.

     In the day
           he pulled
     sledges over snow.

                 But in the evenings
            he was a singer
                       in a jazz club.


WHAT WE CALL

I sometimes wonder
what we call a sea
in which a brave dog
swims desperately
through tempestuous
and perilous waves?

      Rough! Rough!


SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE THEIR KNEES

Sheep may safely graze their knees
when skating in the dark.
Although the park is closed at night
and trees in the breeze are sepulchral
the half-pipe is still accessible
to those who have the keys
and this bold woolly flock do, it’s true.

The rams and lambs are showing off,
pulling wheelies and flipping spins,
while the ewes prefer to slalom
around tall bollards wet with dew.

But no matter what tricks they play
they are safe until the break of day,
for this is a town that loves their kind,
a place where animals can lark around
and sheep may safely graze their knees.

Rhys Hughes has lived in many countries. He graduated as an engineer but currently works as a tutor of mathematics. Since his first book was published in 1995 he has had fifty other books published and his work has been translated into ten languages.

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