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?
Billy Collins, from Aimless Love
- Imagine you are in a theater, watching a movie about your favorite animal. It is happy and safe in its natural environment. Write about what you experience. How do you feel watching this animal free and wild?
- Now become that animal yourself. Close your eyes and really inhabit its skin, fur, feathers, or scales. What do you smell, feel, see, hear, taste? Are you alone or with others of your kind? What activities will you pursue today?
- Write an acrostic poem using the letters H-I-P-P-O to begin the first lines, or use the name of your own animal. Don’t stop at just one! This is a great way to keep your mind and vocabulary limber.