If You’re Crowish

By Wendy Videlock b. 1961 Wendy Videlock
If  you’re crowish and you know it
give a caw


If  you’re weighted and you bear it
send a moo


If  you’re owl and you dreamed it,
give a hoo


If  you’re thirsty and you mean it
breathe an ahhh


You are putty in my hands

said the wind

to the stone

said the dawn

to the bloom

said the dark

to the moon.

Source: Poetry (January 2013).


This poem originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2013
 Wendy  Videlock


Wendy Videlock is the author of the chapbook What’s That Supposed to Mean (2010) and the full-length collections The Dark Gnu and Other Poems 7 (2013) and Nevertheless (2011). Known for poems that evoke myth, fairy tale, and the natural world, Videlock has also received praise for her deft command of meter. In an interview with the Colorado Poets Center, Videlock noted that, for her “the iamb is really just another of the many . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, The Mind, Nature, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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