Recipe for a Hippopotamus Sandwich

Shell Silverstein

A hippo sandwich is easy to make.

All you do is simply take

One slice of bread,

One slice of cake,

Some mayonnaise,

One onion ring,

One hippopotamus,

One piece of string,

A dash of pepper--

That ought to do it.

And now comes the problem...

Biting into it!

Rhyme

make and take, ring and string,

Hyperbole

“And now comes the problem... Biting into it!”,

Repetition

The word "one". He keeps saying this because you only need one part of that thing.

Meaning

This poem is basically about making a sand which.

CREATIVE INTERPRETATION!

He probably was starving in the middle of nowhere were hippos live.