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The Joy of Toppopotamuses

     My collection of monitor-top hippopotomuses 
     Speaks to their deserved role 
     As the translator's mascot, 
     Great rollers and roilers in fluid words, 
     Those who emerge from the shallows 
     To enunciate large graces 
     In tones that bear little rebuke 
     From the scolders 
     Who subsist remora-like 
     On their rich ecology. 

- David Mtchell

Painting by Ken Peters

painting: pearls by Ken Peters

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