Arthur Guiterman Poems
- Habits Of The Hippopotamus The hippopotamus is strong And ...
- Fate, The Jester The planets are bells on his motley, He ...
- On The Vanity Of Earthly Great... The tusks which clashed in...
- Safety First The Deer don't dine When a Wolf's about, And ...
- Hills I never loved your plains!-- Your gentle valleys, ...
- Sex Amœbas at the start Were not complex; They tore ...
- Strictly Germ-Proof The Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic ...
Arthur Guiterman (pronounced /ˈɡɪtərmən/; November 20, 1871 - January 11, 1943) was an American writer best known for his humorous poems.
Guiterman was born of American parents in Vienna, graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1891, and was married in 1909 to Vida Lindo. He was an editor of the Woman's Home Companion and the Literary Digest. In 1910, he cofounded the Poetry Society of America, and later served as its president in 1925-26. more »
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Habits Of The Hippopotamus
The hippopotamus is strong
And huge of head and broad of bustle;
The limbs on which he rolls along
Are big with hippopotomuscle.
He does not greatly care for sweets
Like ice cream, apple pie, or custard,
But takes to flavor what he eats
A little hippopotomustard.
The hippopotamus is true
To his principles, and just;
He always tries his best to do
The things one hippopotomust.
He never rides in trucks or trams,
In taxicabs or omnibuses,
And so keeps out of traffic jams
And other hippopotomusses.