Our Literary Outdoorsâ€¦
literature ofÂ the Sportsman’s Guide lifestyle.
Gun control or other gun-related stories frequently make headlines. In relation,Â there have been multiple stories around hunters–some even teenagers–getting in all kinds of hot water for posting pictures of their hunted animals. Â Last year,Â Kendall Jones made pretty big headlines. And what aboutÂ Axelle Despiegelaereâ€¦herÂ rise and fall was so fast I almost missed it overnight. But evenÂ when things get too serious, I end up finding something humorousÂ about the situationâ€¦which brings me to this poem I ran across about shooting a hippopotamus.
Below is a short poem by Hilaire Belloc, known for writing comic verses and perhaps most famous for his 19th century work Cautionary Tales for Children. This is called â€śThe Hippopotamusâ€ť:
I shoot the hippopotamus
with bullets made of platinum,
Because if I use leaden ones
his hide is sure to flatten ’em.
Well, that made my day. It even rhymes and sounds like something you could teach your child to recite. And I can only imagine what the next moments would look likeâ€¦if the shooterÂ did not knock the hipppo down, I am not sure how the shooter wouldÂ contend with the hippo when angry! Still, it can also serve as a cautionary tale about choosing the right ammo for the purpose.
Have you ever had a moment where you did NOT have the right ammo? Or, ever think you had the perfect shot, only to get unexpected results?