ABOUT THIS POEM: “‘Muddy’ is inspired by the motion and cadence of Diné words. Looking at it on the page, one sees kinetic text and hears onomatopoeia, so the repetition of ‘tł’ish’ reenacts the sound of someone stepping in mud, and then the word itself turns into a poem.” — Orlando White
Copyright © 2019 Orlando White. Originally published in Poem-a-Day (November 21, 2019), Academy of American Poets. Reprinted with permission from author.