The rhino asked the hippo,
“Where’s your horn?”
The hippo asked the rhino,
”Why don’t you like me for ME?”
They were both very emotional. Trundling about with grumpy faces and teeth like bark. Self-consciously gray and fat. They walked alongside one another, bumping shoulders. Flirting by proximity. Rhino careful to keep his horn from spearing hippo. Hippo careful not to yawn at rhino. Rhino admired the birds that landed on hippo’s round head. At that moment, it seemed to rhino like an Eden warped by necessity.