The Presence of Crows

Here’s another poem from my book Digging for God;

The presence of Crows, Halifax

I’ve been longing to see the flash of black,

gold, white, the evening,

the evening grosbeak,

but all I see,

all that greets me from the lawn

are crows – murders of them.

One befriended by the lure of peanuts,

less wary, less skittish,

but bright black eye shining

in shining black head

eyes me

black feet walk toward me

toward the peanut at my feet.

How near will he come?

He has a call I’ve not heard before

from any bird.

Is he calling for company to share the peanut?

It’s a rolling of sound out of his back,

a wave of sound like a human sound,

invitation, a comment of welcome.

In this northern country

I long to see the birds

who never come our way,

but all I get  is

an abundance of crows.

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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