Louise Bogan





Variation on a Sentence
There are few or no bluish animals. . . .
Thoreau's Journals, Feb. 21, 1855

Of white and tawny, black as ink, 
Yellow, and undefined, and pink, 
And piebald, there are droves, I think. 

(Buff kine in herd, gray whales in pod, 
Brown woodchucks, colored like the sod, 
All creatures from the hand of God.) 

And many of a hellish hue; 
But, for some reason hard to view, 
Earth's bluish animals are few.