The Skylarkís Reply

What thou art we know not;
† What is most like thee?

Hail to thee, dear Percy!
Iím rather large and brown,
With songs to rival Circe
When flying up or down -
Arvensis or gulgula (alauda is the noun).

I crouch when I am frightened;
Perhaps Iím like a chimp.
You donít seem too enlightened,
Writing rather limp.
Witless, so your query tells me; something of a wimp.

My crest is called ďobscureĒ:
Like your poems, as one sees.
My chirrupís liquid, pure;
I live away from trees.
Nineteen centimetres long. Can I be off now, please?

From the book Send-Up