Here is the grackle, people.
Here is the fox, folks.
The grackle sits in the bracken. The fox   
   hopes.

Here are the fronds, friends,
that cover the fox.
The fronds get in a frenzy. The grackle   
   looks.

Here are the ticks, tykes,   
that live in the leaves, loves.   
The fox is confounded,
and God is above.

  • George Starbuck, “Fable for Blackboard” from Bone Thoughts. Copyright © 1960 by George Starbuck. Reprinted with the permission of Yale University Press.

  • Source: The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades (The University of Alabama Press, 2003)

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"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion