My Crow Pluto

(1963)

"My Crow Pluto" is the second song of Two by Marianne Moore.

TO VICTOR HUGO OF MY CROW PLUTO
"Even when the bird is walking we know that it has wings." -- Victor Hugo


by Marianne Moore


Of:


my crow
Pluto,


the true
Plato,


azzurro-
negro


green-blue
rainbow,


Victor Hugo,
it is true


we know
that the crow


"has wings" how-
ever pigeon-toed


inturned on grass. We do
(adagio)


Vivo-
rosso


"corvo";
although


con dizio-
nario


io parlo
Italiano-


this pseudo
Esperanto


which, savio
ucello,


you speak too-
my vow and motto


(botto e totto)
io giuro


e questo
credo:


lucro
e peso morto.


And so
dear crow-


gioiello
mio-


I have to
let you go;


a bel bosco
generoso,


tuttuto
vagabondo,


serafino
uvacceo.


Sunto,
oltremarino


verecondo
Plato, addio.


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