One-Eyed Crow

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Caged bird for sale, Mercado San Juan de Dios, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
 
 

A one-eyed crow
glares at me from atop
the roadside birch.
If it had hands,
it would be waving me on,
disgusted by my clothes and hair,
which are caked with mud.
But crows have no hands,
and they cannot wave,
nor can they carry sabers
to cut down their foes.
If I could capture that crow,
I’d put it in a cage
lined with newspapers
and sell it—cheap—
at Saturday’s flea market.
Instead, I am retreating
from its mocking tongue.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
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Posted on August 27, 2017, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, poetry, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. who would buy a crow in a cage, I wonder!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Someone who has no respect for crows?

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 6:16 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  2. Im still smiling from that surprise ending
    (✿◠‿◠)

    much love…

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Glad you liked it, Gillena. Thanks for stopping by!

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 6:29 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  3. “nor can they carry sabers
    to cut down their foes.”….Enough reason to love a crow but they are too clever to be put into a cage 🙂

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Maybe it’s because of their cleverness that I’ve never seen a caged crow.

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 6:37 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thank you. Sometimes words work wonders.

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 7:09 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  4. You could paint it yellow and pretend it was a large canary:)

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Do you think the crow would stand for it?

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 7:19 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thank you. Always glad to give my readers pleasure.

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 7:31 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  5. Perhaps it doesn’t mock … perhaps it’s shouting encouragement!

  6. I think that crows are very smart birds… it would never be caged.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I think you’re right. They are cagey birds! 🙂

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 10:25 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  7. Crows definitely do not carry sabers, but their tongues can be a lethal weapon as well!!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Human tongues can do a lot of damage too. I’m thinking of someone who lives in Washington, D.C.

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 11:17 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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      • Yup, that is who I was thinking of. By the way, I DO like your new style(s) of writing poetry rather than the haiku. I find your recent poems very ‘meaty’ and ‘meaningful’ and LIKE that.

  8. Even with no eyes, a crow is a clever bird and would not be caught to be caged. Interesting ending to this poem. Perhaps it doesn’t mock, perhaps that is your own perception. Perhaps it is shouting secrets or encouraging words.

  9. Crows are very smart birds and should be free.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Oh, I agree! But apparently the speaker in the poem thinks otherwise.

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 12:23 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  10. They do have their very effective weapons! Ha! I wouldn’t mention the cage to it.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      A cage could be a very effective threat, don’t you think?

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 12:32 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  11. I can see Mr Crow studying his surroundings with a jaundiced eye……

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      The most alert of birds, I think.

      On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 1:44 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:

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  12. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Great poem.Pure fantasy, I trust (I love crows, and their communications.)

  13. What a great picture you painted here and crows do tend to scold us probably because they know exactly what we are like.

  14. Aw. It’d be a shame to cage such a bird. Better to let it go free and envy that it can fly.

  15. wow, what a great take on the photo.

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