Hippos have quite caught the fancy of certain poets, and it is quite a few poets ...like Nash, Eliot, Herford, Belloc or Barrington. (Familiarity ranks high with Nash and Eliot right now). The hippo-cake goes to Nash though. How can one read Nash and not be delighted? Hence, have added my own musings on hippos (the art work :p).
Behold the hippopotamus! We laugh at how he looks to us, And yet in moments dank and grim, I wonder how we look to him. Peace, peace, thou hippopotamus! We really look all right to us, As you no doubt delight the eye Of other hippopotami.