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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

H from Homer - hippoptamus then to Happy!

HOMER.

"Hateful to me as the gates of  Hades

 is that the man who hides  one

  Thing in his heart and speaks another".


 In several of the 'classics'

 'HADES' is often referred to as The Gates of Hell. 


 

                                                                                                                                                                   
                                  





The HIPPOPOTAMUS.

by  Ogden Nash.


 Behold The  Hippopotamus!

 We laugh at how he looks at us,

 And yet in moments dark and grim,

I wonder how we look too him.


Peace, thou hippopotamus, !


 We really look alright to us, As you no doubt delight the eye


 Of the other hippopotami.


 

 

 

 

 

The Hippopotamus.

 by Jack Prelusky.

 

The huge Hippopotamus hasn't a hair

 on the back of his wrinkly hide;

 he carries the bulk of his prominent hulk

 assembled loosely inside.

 


 

The huge Hippopotamus lives without a care 

 at a slow philosophical pace,

 as he wades in the mud with a thump and a thud

 and a permanent grin on his face.


A smiling hippopotamus.

 
 

In my imagination these Happy Hippos are dancing 'The Bump', when in reality they are part of the troop of Hippos dancing to the  'Dance of the Hours' by Toscanini  in   Disney's  Fantasia !

HAPPY HIPPOS' HAVING an HILLARIOUS time....

Dancing 'The Bump'

 


 


To finish.

A HEART warming moment as a very

HAPPY little girl with her  HANDSOME  friend.....

 HUMPHREY the Camel....as they share an HILLARIOUS moment....

 I wonder what caused this HAPPY moment? 

 
 

                                          <HAPPY>      < HAPPY>      <HAPPY>   



My thanks to  Denise, for creating ABCW, with her HEART warming tales of,
  HOMELY life in Liverton, Village Yorkshire
 Also to  Roger for the HELPFUL and  HUMOROUS way in which he dilgently visits every post each week, this must take up a lot of his time!
 He  also deals with  the  HELPERS  who work  HARMONIOUSLY to keep ABCW  up and running.
My sincere best wishes to each and every one,
Di xx

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30 comments:

  1. Hi there...

    I like those big animals too but always keep a safe distance because i know how dangerous they realy are... I do enjoy watching them though!

    And yes that is one the things that makes me happy....watching animals having fun and being happy!

    Melody (abc-w-team)

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  2. ooooohhh....you start out hellishly grim but leave us with hilarity! That hippo sure had me smiling! Thx for your comments on my post - it was just something I had to write! I'm getting much better but the hatred still pokes at me sometimes. *Le sigh*

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  3. Wonderful H post Di!
    The last photo of the girl and camel is priceless. How can you look at it without smiling!

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  4. I've seen the picture of the happy little girl before and I LOVE it, sheer joy is on her face. Hippos are so homely--they are cute.
    Ann

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  5. Delightful post.
    Love the Hippo poems and there is so much truth in Homer's quote.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures too.

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  6. Love the hippos from Fantasia!
    ROG, ABCW

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  7. What funny pictures and so many h-words (I childhood we often played to make a sentence with all words beginning with the same letter)
    Greetings from Harz-mountains

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  8. H is for harmony, Trub-i-doo!

    You're good at that m'dear!

    xxxxxx

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  9. I always enjoy reading your posts , they are always so cheerful and positive.
    Thanks also for your. kind comment. I wish you a happy week.
    Wil, ABCW Team

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  10. thanks for sharing two poets I enjoy!

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  11. Great post - besides being happy dancers hippos must be muses too, - there are all sorts of little ditties about them, but I do like Ogden Nash's best.

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  12. Hi, Di. When I was a young thing living in San Francisco once-upon-a-time, I sometimes dined at the Hippopotamus Hamburger Restaurant. I liked the drawings of the hippo. So darn cute. I wonder now if the dancing hippos were the inspiration for the owner.

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  13. Hi Susie,
    I believe the dancing hippos are from Disney's Fantasia, I just though, caliing them the Dancing Hippos, doing 'The Bump' would be a most suitable dance,
    for two large lumbering hippos! (with apologies to Disney) of course!

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  14. Loved reading the poems and I like how you do it for the ABC series.
    Happy ABCW!

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  15. taught my students today about the Greedy Hippo.

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  16. Hi Di, such an amusing post. I love the last one with the little girl. I have seen it before too, but still brings a smile to me. Take care love Anne x

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  17. What a fun post. The hippo reminds me how my family laugh at me because I could not say the word the right away. I am from the Philippines. At least I can spell it right, I think. :)

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  18. Melody, thanks for dropping by and your kind comments.
    I don't think I'd be in a great rush to HUG a HIPPO though!

    Di.x

    ABCW team,

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  19. Hi Leslie thanks for your comments,
    so glad the hippos made you laugh, they do have such comical
    expressions on their faces.
    There's no better therapy, when you're hurting, than writing
    about your innermost thoughts,
    take care,
    love Di,
    ABCW team.

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  20. Ellen b: It is funny the snap of
    the little girl with camel, so cute!
    Thanks for stopping by,
    best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  21. Ann:
    the sheer joy on the little girl's
    face is wonderful, isn't it?
    I'm rather fond of Hippo's but I don't think I'd invite
    one around for tea though!

    best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  22. Photowannabe: Thanks, so glad you liked the Hippo's,
    I agree with you about Homer's quote!
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  23. Roger:
    I've edited my Hippo post and noted that the dancing Hippo's were from Disney's Fantasia, do't wan't to be getting sued for copyright infringements.

    best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  24. Mascher,
    Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you liked my Hippos and pictures.

    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team,

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  25. Hippos are endlessly fascinating as your poems prove. Love that little girls expression, that would lighten up any day.

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  26. Hi Joy,
    Fab aren't they, Hippo's just fascinate me.
    I've seen that picture the little girl all over the
    net and when I was looking for Hippo pics, there she was!
    I've no idea where it was taken, must do some research!

    Best wishes,

    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  27. This is one happy post. The transition from grumpy hippo to smiling one and finally a pic that would bring smiles even on a gloomy face. Is that camel actually laughing or some photo trick?

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  28. Hello Ira,
    Thanks for dropping by and your kind comments.
    I just love Hippos but wouldn't dare to get too
    near to one. I like their colouring, the seem to
    have a pink hue.
    The picture of the little girl I believe to be genuine
    as I've actually seen lots of camels in North Africa
    and they sure do pull some funny faces; Rather like
    horses.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  29. I'm so sorry that I couldn't reply to all the comments,
    just a bit busy with family commitments,
    But thank you all for taking the time to comment,

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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I usually like to reply to your comments but for some reason when i do post a reply it just diappears, any advice would be most welcome,Thanks Di x

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