Poem For 28 April 2005: One For Kay’s Birthday

April 28th, 2005

Once upon a time, back when we were in school at Auburn, Wendy gave me a Sandra Boynton card that looked something like the one you see here. On its cover are animals arranged in four rows:


On the first row are a hippopotamus, a bird, and a pair of effiminate sheep. On the second row; these animals were repeated, though somewhat rearranged. On the third row, one of the sheep is gone, and in its place is a reindeer. The final row has the same animals as the first two.

The inside of the card reads

Hippo birdie two ewes
Hippo birdie two ewes
Hippo birdie deer ewe
Hippo birdie two ewes

It’s one of my favorite birthday cards ever, and I think it’s fitting to remember it on a day that is both a National Poetry Month day, and a birthday.

The card is also my favorite Boynton card. (I like Boynton. Her stuff is funny, typically includes clever wordplay, and is cute without being too cute.) As it turns out – according to the Boynton web site – this is also one of Sandra Boynton’s most popular cards ever.

Happy birthday, Kay!

(Almost forgot: one way to observe National Poetry Month is to sign up for a poetry class or workshop in your area.)

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