Gateway to the Classics: More Beasts for Worse Children by Hilaire Belloc
More Beasts for Worse Children by  Hilaire Belloc

The Frozen Mammoth


This creature, though rare, is still found in the East

Of the Northern Siberian Zone.


It is known to the whole of that primitive group

That the carcass will furnish an excellent soup,

Though the cooking it offers one drawback at least

(Of a serious nature I own):


If the skin be but punctured  before it is boiled,

Your confection is wholly and utterly spoiled.


And hence (on account of the size of the beast)

The dainty is nearly unknown.

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