after Marianne Moore
Catherine Wing

You’re a polliwog, multitasking at the waterlog.
          to be, just the tip
               of the tadpole, a brief blip
                    between water
                    and air. Daughter
               to a triggering tongue lash.
          Song sung of a splash.
of a head, heart in your ass. Two parts princess, one part toad.


Catherine Wing has poems in or forthcoming from Field, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. Her first book of poems, Enter Invisible, was published by Sarabande Books in October 2005.


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