Summer 1982 • Vol. IV No. 3 Contemporary American PoetryJuly 1, 1982 |

A Crone’s Tale

for Françoise Krampf Tell you of the witch? Well, so I will, child,as well as ever I remember the story.Now the witch was an ordinary girland not half so pretty as you, and like yougrew up to her life on an island's small place.And seeing there the changeable wildernessof water, that plashed and sparkled among rocksand stroked the sand, then fussing and willful chasedthe little boats from their paths, and laterwas wide shining distance, indifferent to alland different from everybody—seeing this,why then, she set her heart on the mystery.And so she stood and called out names to the sea,every name that ever the girl could think.Now you must take care, child, what names you say.Your cry for help, your offer of kindness,both sup together in the name you speak.So you must take care to what name you answer.Now I will tell you the ocean heard her.As foreign sailormen it came ashore,well, and every day more of them came and more,strange hollering things that stood up in the foamlike w

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