Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Farmyard Fugue

This uncharacteristic poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) was unpublished in his lifetime, and is not available on The Eldritch Dark, so here's the complete text:

Cockadoodle dooo!
Baa baa baa baa mooo!
Oink oink quack quack gobble gobble 
Christ bime it yer a lot of trouble
Baa baa baa baa mooo 
Move yer goddam leg back so I can milk yuh.
Cluck cluck baa baa baa baa
cluck cluck quack quack
puppies (From the cornfield) caw caw caw
The better squirt squirt squirt
Oink oink hee haw hee haw
Cluck cluck baa baa haw haw
Caw caw quack quack gobble gobble
Spit mraar mraar <ms. burned>
Hee haw hee haw
Mriau spit mraw mriaw 
Cocka doodledoo
Hey but I heave a block a wood at these goddam cats
gome gome caw caw
Oink oink baa baa
     mriaw spit spit mriaw 
Here she goes paw
Hee har
Mriar cluckity cluck brup brup mrioow
     Cluck cluck quack quack pegs pegs mooo
Spit mriair spit mriow

"Farmyard Fugue" would appear to be another parody of modernist poetry, with its tendency to write about everyday subjects and to use words phonetically.  It's no wonder CAS chose not to publish this one, since it's a decidedly minor effort when evaluated from any angle.

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