Poets Walk: "sings and cries"

Poets Walk: "sings and cries"

Location on Poets Walk Map: 36

Under the Maud Moon by Galway Kinnell


A round-

cheeked girlchild comes awake

in her crib. The green

swaddlings tear open,

a filament or vestment

tears, the blue flower opens.

And she who is born,

she who sings and cries,

she who begins the passage, her hair

sprouting out,

her gums budding for her first spring on earth,

the mist still clinging about

her face, puts

her hand into her father’s mouth, to take hold of

his song.

Excerpt from "Under the Maud Moon: 3" from The Book of Nightmares. Copyright © 1971 by Galway Kinnell. Reprinted with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.