Harper the Happy Hippo.
In a lazy, shallow river just outside of Ethiopia
lived Harper the happy hippo in a heavenly utopia.
The sun was always shining
while Harper was oft reclining.
Flamingos and pelicans and even a rare crane
shared and reveled in the balmy tropical terrain.
Harper loved to sing and play.
She smiled and chuckled and snorted all day.
She started a band
since her voice was in such demand.
She was surely the star of the show,
for who wouldn’t go
to see a purple singing hippo with pink painted toes
smiling and singing to the most beautiful prose.
A zebra was on the drums
while a cheetah’s guitar strings strummed.
Cymbals were clanged and clashed by a lively red-throated gazelle.
She was Harper’s closest girlfriend, and her name was Adele.
There wasn’t a happier hippo across the sea or land
than Harper the happy hippo and her Ethiopian wildlife band.
Cheers & Hugs,
PS Harper the Hippo is the second painting for my dear friend Pam (namesake, by the way, for Klaus’ friend Pam the Lamb). Harper is the baby sister of Lucas – Pam’s two grandchildren. If you’d like to learn more about my process or sales of paintings, poems, cards, pillows, and books, visit Sunday’s post here.