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“Silly name, silly name, silly name,”

chants the child,

hearing the word for the first time:

wild child


prancing around the living room


“Katydid, katydid, katydid,”



in rhythms and rhymes

like “cricket-

ticket, beetle-wheedle, bug-slug—



sounds—over and over and over,

There was an old lady

who swallowed a fly,

I don’t know why,


she swallowed a fly,

perhaps she’ll die,

and from then on,



your songs of hills and meadows

have filled my head:

shadow-dweller, crack-stopper, night-romper,



-Dick Allen


first published in Juxtaprose

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