Gateway to the Classics: The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by Hilaire Belloc
The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by  Hilaire Belloc

The Camelopard

The Camelopard, it is said

By travellers (who never lie),

He cannot stretch out straight in bed

Because he is so high.


The clouds surround his lofty head,

His hornlets touch the sky.

How shall I hunt this quadruped?

I cannot tell! Not I!


(A picture of how people try
And fail to hit that head so high.)

I'll buy a little parachute

(A common parachute with wings),

I'll fill it full of arrowroot

And other necessary things,


And I will slay this fearful brute

With stones and sticks and guns and slings


(A picture of how people shoot
With comfort from a parachute.)

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