Poetry Appearing in Poetry In Motion® Portland


Louise Erdrich

When they were wild
When they were not yet human
When they could have been anything,
I was on the other side ready with milk to lure them,
And their father, too, each name a net in his hands.

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"Birth" from Baptism of Desire. Copyright © 1989 by Louise Erdich. Reprinted with the permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.


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