Mysteries

Crow— nest building

Mysteries

The robins have been singing for hours
when the crows awaken with raucous chatter
shattering the morning peace with treetop banter
leaves shake, and branches quake, a squirrel squawks back,

but the crows continue to squabble–about mundane chores,
the everyday–yet keeping watch for hawks and eagles,
daring to yell at them, too. They strut across the grass, kings
and queens, then launch with elongated wings outspread,

to look for food or treasures. Finding some or finding none,
never mind, not nevermore, they cry with knowledge of the past,
millions of years of wisdom.
Listen.

Listen to the crows. Black feathers shake as they exhort,
not a murder, but a plan. Fate, justice, the circle of time?
They know what is known. And the mysteries beyond
what we can see—what could, what might be.

For dVerse, where Ingrid has asked us to write about corvids. Most of you probably know I love crows. I was watching a crow couple at the park this morning. They were arguing in a tree, and they seemed like an old married couple. This is a first draft, written quickly.😏

49 thoughts on “Mysteries

  1. When I saw the subject I almost counted down before seeing yours pop up 😉 I know your love for crows and also know you could not resist this one. Which you have done with your wonderful flair!

  2. Stunning work done, Merril 😀 I especially love; “Black feathers shake as they exhort,
    not a murder, but a plan.” Yes! ❤️❤️

  3. The first stanza played well to the sounds and sights of the raucous place. Love the listening bit to the crows – what mysteries they can tell.

  4. I love the personality traits you posited for the crows — “ They strut across the grass, kings and queens”. Man, don’t they ever — arrogant creatures. Excellent write Merril.

  5. ” Finding some or finding none,
    never mind, not nevermore, they cry with knowledge of the past,
    millions of years of wisdom.”

    Such enlightenment in these lines. We think we know it all, but no.

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