J. Crouse

 
 

  On Formal Contraction

When what'll when it isn't, it'll it's
How oughtn't aren't it. Isn't it'll who's
Are needn't where it wasn't; where it was
Will mustn't, what it wasn't, when it won't?
Were it'll who'd it didn't? Was it were,
Am I'm are mightn't, I'd am are it's how's
It's will is they'd I'd hadn't wouldn't need
Are who'd would here is: Hasn't we'll it's?
Had we'd do what'll we're wouldn't do
When what'll when's it were not isn't it's
Who may shall it'll there has there'll must
Is what it's when it wouldn't. Wasn't we'd
It's weren't won't, is what's is it'll shan't;
Is what'll here's I'm aren't--I can't. We don't
Are didn't ought is mayn't. It wasn't will
That what'll how, I'd we'd is how I'd do.





Premonitory Symptom of Silent H

Aghinging ickuck ohn ahnu,
Anoonuck oosses ahn;
Olhanham meyrow berrucose,
Awentl bhukkoh hahn,

“Annahhoh meyma noovakho,
Vahhahnoh ahnoh unh;
Ouk oup ahlooga unanoof,
Inickhoff iffin dunh,”

Affeemic ahler oohna blij,
Allorrah fuah fumpf;
Annahl arabba oopagug,
Anaughm agaddum gumpf,

“Anahffahnuah nystull null,
Akarnik enelow;
Awertka roohawlino luff,
Aluhski pyrrhohswo,”

Ammahhoh mohrhahmalmermah,
Ammohrhlohwinthee op;
Amocka meyvoh verryvoo,
Meylahbbo oppler lop,

“Egeeduss essler bohbegode,
Agleeffer gobberhcahn;
Ohwahnuss ooven ohvaniss,
Iffuhkkoh ahbesahn,”

Amerma mahntha herkajor,
Ameezum unnehl eck;
Ahemmaleema mohleemo,
Amemmish immameck,

“Aneeva noogan ohpaneff,
Aneeva nuhffanoh;
Annuhffaneevan eevakeek,
Aveeken oupikoh,”

Vakhakka ahnnum ormahnerp,
Effesto ahddahfuhk;
Annuhffanuhkkha khuhkkhameff,
Annuhffa khuhkkhamuhk.


Copyright © 2011 J. Crouse


 
Works by J. Crouse have appeared in The Columbia Review, E•ratio and Otoliths.