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Crow and Mama

Written by: Ted Hughes | Biography
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When Crow cried his mother's ear 
Scorched to a stump. 

When he laughed she wept 
Blood her breasts her palms her brow all wept blood. 

He tried a step, then a step, and again a step - 
Every one scarred her face for ever. 

When he burst out in rage 
She fell back with an awful gash and a fearful cry. 

When he stopped she closed on him like a book 
On a bookmark, he had to get going. 

He jumped into the car the towrope 
Was around her neck he jumped out. 

He jumped into the plane but her body was jammed in the jet - 
There was a great row, the flight was cancelled. 

He jumped into the rocket and its trajectory 
Drilled clean through her heart he kept on 

And it was cosy in the rocket, he could not see much 
But he peered out through the portholes at Creation 

And saw the stars millions of miles away 
And saw the future and the universe 

Opening and opening 
And kept on and slept and at last 

Crashed on the moon awoke and crawled out 

Under his mother's buttocks.