It was laughing time, and the tall Giraffe
Lifted his head, and began to laugh:
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
And the Chimpanzee on the gingko tree
Swung merrily down with a Tee Hee Hee:
Hee! Hee! Hee! Hee!
“It’s certainly not against the law!”
Croaked Justice Crow with a loud guffaw:
Haw! Haw! Haw! Haw!
The dancing Bear who could never say “No”
Waltzed up and down on the tip of his toe:
Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!
The Donkey daintily took his paw,
And around they went: Hee-Haw! Hee-Haw!
The Moon had to smile as it started to climb;
All over the world it was laughing time!
Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Hee-Haw! Hee-Haw!
Hee! Hee! Hee! Hee! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
William Jay Smith, "Laughing Time" from Laughing Time: Collected Nonsense. Copyright © 1980 by William Jay Smith. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Source: Laughing Time: Collected Nonsense
(Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1980)
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