Katydid


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Katydid

 

“Silly name, silly name, silly name,”

chants the child,

hearing the word for the first time:

wild child

 

prancing around the living room

reciting,

“Katydid, katydid, katydid,”

delighting

 

in rhythms and rhymes

like “cricket-

ticket, beetle-wheedle, bug-slug—

redundant

 

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,

obsessively,

 

your songs of hills and meadows

have filled my head:

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

katydid.

 

-Dick Allen

 

first published in Juxtaprose

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