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A Hippolimerick

by Alexandra Seidel

The hippo looked out to the sea
and wondered: ‘o,what do I see?
These waves are so fluffy
and the whales seem quite puffy,
I think… that I should have a curse put on me to turn me into a mermaid that falls in love with a very handsome merman only to realize that curses are a bad way to find one's hearts desire, so I'll eventually get my own body back and realize that
…the water is too salty for me.

Alexandra Seidel is a writer, poet, and editor. She does not personally know any hippos or merpeople, but is hopeful that they like limericks. Should any merpeople, hippos, or other parties wish to read more of Alexa's work, they might find it in places such as Strange Horizons, Lackington's, Goblin Fruit, and elsewhere. If you are so inclined you can follow Alexa on Twitter (@Alexa_Seidel) or read her blog:

Photography: adapted from IR 5 Black cliffs, by Simon. Photomanipulation with an unpublished photograph by Shweta Narayan, used with permission.