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DID SHE WHO MADE THE LAMB MAKE THE MGM LION, TOO?

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Listen to Al Young’s March 2012 poem for KQED’s ‘The California Report’

DID SHE WHO MADE THE LAMB
MAKE THE MGM LION, TOO?

Did she who made the lamb make the MGM lion, too?
No Hollywood hurrah, no roar, no Big Sur purr
can coolly calm or claim you, whether for weeks
or days or nights you blow cold or warm or you blow
wet or hot or not at all. Tell us now, will you tango?
Will you waltz? Will you boogie? Will you guaguancĂł?
Will you even dance? Or just throw down and march?

Marshlands of the Golden State, all you ancient,
mushy wetlands — baylands, swamps, marshes,
bogs; lungs of our coastlines, raw river- and lake-
and creek-sweetening filters — unite! You’ve still got
plenty to lose. From Long Beach to Fremont
to Arcata, Sacramento and Sheep Ranch on up
to the Great Washoe Basin, you’d better watch yourselves.
In the run-off and run-up to spring anything goes.

© Al Young

© Marek Fijalkowski

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2 Responses to “DID SHE WHO MADE THE LAMB MAKE THE MGM LION, TOO?”

  1. Kathie Reason Says:

    It’s exhausting to find educated folks on this subject, but you sound like you already know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  2. Al Says:

    Dear Kathie Reason: Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to “Did She Who Made the Lamb Make the MGM Lion, Too?” Poetic conceit and a gentle irony infuse this poem with meaning. As imagination dries up worldwide, literalism runs rife. The title, I think, sets the tone for these lines as they address the proverbial month of March.

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