Or else he will not

The Yak
As a friend to the children commend me the Yak.
          You will find it exactly the thing:
It will carry and fetch, you can ride on its back,
          Or lead it about with a string.

The Tartar who dwells on the plains of Thibet
          (A desolate region of snow)
Has for centuries made it a nursery pet,
          And surely the Tartar should know!

Then tell your papa where the Yak can be got,
          And if he is awfully rich
He will buy you the creature – or else he will not.
          (I cannot be positive which.)

Hilaire Belloc

Even though this poem is obviously dated, I like the silliness, and the rhythm, and the wry humour (“He will buy you the creature – or else he will not.”). I think Belloc would have been a fun person to know.

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