The Chimera

By Oliver Herford

You’d think a lion or a snake
Were quite enough one’s nerves to shake;
But in this classic beast we find
A lion and a snake combined,
And, just as if that weren’t enough,
A goat thrown in to make it tough.
Let scientists the breed pooh! pooh!
Come with me to some Social Zoo
And hear the bearded Lion bleat
Goat-like on patent-kidded feet,
Whose “Civil leer and damning praise”
The serpent’s cloven tongue betrays.
Lo! lion, goat, and snake combined!
Thus Nature doth repeat her kind.

The Hill We Climb

By Amanda Gorman

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