Last Words

The last words she spoke were dark, they were grim,
Not words from a psalm or even a hymn.
Nothing about them seemed hopeful or kind.
(Was the poor woman quite out of her mind?)
Her last words were these (I tell you no lies):
“Just let the crows come and peck out my eyes.”
I did what she asked, and let the crows eat
Both of her eyeballs—a savory treat.
I’ve thought of her fate for many long years;
When I remember, I shed bitter tears.
Now crows are coming for my eyes as well;
Pecking hungrily, they’ll sound my death knell.


Poem © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Posted on September 16, 2020, in poetry, Poets & Storytellers United, Rhyming poetry and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Such vivid imagery. I wonder why the subject wanted her eyes to go to the crows. And what might’ve happened to the speaker to be met with the same fate at the end.

  2. I have read and seen movies where the burial is leaving the bodies to carnivourous birds, i shudder
    Happy Wednesday. Stay safe


    • magicalmysticalteacher

      “Burial” customs vary around the world, don’t they? Each culture finds the other culture’s customs a little strange.

      On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 9:38 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  3. The one gave me chills and I do wonder if there is more ‘to the story.’

  4. Ooh, gosh, how gruesome! Or so it seems – but yes, I know of cultures where bodies are left out or the birds to dispose of. A cleaner way, perhaps.

  5. I know about crows pecking out lambs’ eyes and I have heard of cultures in which they leave their dead for the birds to peck clean. It might seem gruesome to Western civilsation, but to other cultures it would be an everyday occurrence. .

  6. Intriguing…what must have she seen with her eyes…?

  7. A small jolt here but i loved thevidea. “Just let the crows come and peck out my eyes.”

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