Crows, Revisited

Crows Revisited

 

Snow fell silently throughout the night

I was up at dawn’s first light

One crow came, sat on yonder tree

Looked straight down and cawed at me

Nothing then, as I stared at him

Motionless, Silent, out on that limb

Then from the east, came the four

To join the crow, but no more

Five sat perched, looking ‘round

But no more crows heard their sound

Enraptured, I stood to see

That one crow still looking to me

“What is it? What message?” I implored

He looked silently, but spoke no more

I laughed, and thought, “I sound like Poe”

“Talking to Crows”, I’ve got to go

As I turned to walk away again

Did a thunderous black cloud descend

Into the trees, over the roof

Not my imagination did prove

My murder of Crows, back again

I knew though what their presence meant

Death follows their visit to me at home

Right at that moment, I feared for my own

As soon as I captured the message most sure

They all flew away, far away once more

But this time the message was more than the murder

I looked at my notes to find something further

One bird came to tell of the morrow

His message would bring only anger and sorrow

Then five appeared in this group more or less

Superstition says silver, valuables or sickness

The murder of course would mean only one thing

The bell from the tower of death now would ring

When I was still young, I’d look up to the sky

Ask silly questions and expect no reply

Now all of the knowledge from life I’ve been gleaning

Has given all of the Earth far too much meaning

copyright 2011
Erin LeFey

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

Erin, this is an eerie, flowing, captivating tale! I do love crows and you did a splendid job with this!


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

tnderhrt23, wow, that was fast - I was just finishing this. Thanks so much for the feedback, that's just what I was aiming for. The birds do give me my inspiration!


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Ask silly questions and expect no reply

Now all of the knowledge from life I’ve been gleaning

Has given all of the Earth far too much meaning'

Erin this is truly spine chilling.. there is a dark vein through this beautifully written poem. wow.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

thanks so much Docmo,I think it may be my own dark vein ... I do love to find hidden meanings in everything according to history and patterns. I'm so glad you liked it!


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tammyfrost 5 years ago from Oregon

Great Hub...Thanks for linking my hub too.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks so much. Your hub is a wonderful story and full of great information.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well hello Ms. Poe - I will never look or think of a crow in the same way again after reading this ....and there is so much emotional and intellectual depth here like all of the really great poems I must go back and read it again ..... you have really hit your poetic stride in these last two poems that you have written - and you are reaching new artistic heights that most of us only really dream of - and just leave in the hands of the masters like you .......


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Crows are Messenger...and you dear friend have put your message across so Beautiful in this Poem. Thanks so much...Two thumbs up!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I like this Erin, Something about a Crow. I have a flock who live in a tree just pass my house. I watch then a lot. I, like you, think they are a little mysterious.

Caw Caw, Hee


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

This is so ominous, earthy, just all around deliciously dark. It pulled me in and held me until the end, totally gripping.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Epi, you flatter me. You know, Poe came here to Baltimore to die, I don't think he spent much time here other than that...it was some of his darker days. Our football team is named after his famous "Raven". Thank you for noticing that, these poems do seem to be coming rather from another world...thank you for your kind words - but you, my dear, are the true Master!

b., yes, they are the messenger, and I'm finding them to be eerily accurate ones at that - remember what 5 was? Today I received in the mail, a silver charm of all four phases of the moon (full, first quarter, last quarter and new moon) from my goddaughter, out of the blue...

Ruby, you have a murder of Crows! they are mysterious, did you follow any of the links above about all the superstitions surrounding them. Its quite interesting. Caw Caw! LOL

poetvix, I love that you found it so ominous and dark and gripping. Those birds are so magickal. Thank you for coming by.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Is 'murder' the collective noun for a 'flock' of crows? I didn't know that but I glean it from your context. A treeful of crows greeted me at the hospital years ago to visit my father who precipitously deteriorated and passed following my visit. The 'murder' is an ominous harbinger of the grim reaper. How truly eerie to receive the silver moon charm!


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Greetings Sligobay! Yes, murder is the collective noun for a gathering of crows, and as Docmo pointed out in the last hub "unkindness" is the collective noun for ravens - all derived from superstition. In fact I found a whole web page full of collective nouns and its very interesting - so interesting I think I should do a hub on it!! That is eerie how the murder of crows greeted you at the hospital before yyour father passed. Just yesterday too, I recalled this morning, a friend of mine at physical therapy was talking to me and said his best friend had died quite unexpectedly the previous day. I stayed longer than usual that day because I sensed he needed someone to talk to...but I didn't link it to the crows. I assumed it would have to be someone I knew personally. The crows were no where to be found this morning, only the usual little chirpy birds of spring. But last night I did hear an owl when I was outside. He was Whooing the whole time I was sitting out on the deck. It was very dark so I never saw him. (the Owl warns you to trust your instincts and stay aware of your surroundings). I'm getting very familiar with bird lore these days! I never knew how many different birds we had around here, I only moved here in Oct. Namaste.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

You have definitely found your niche! Great as always!

Flag up!


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lindatymensky 5 years ago

This poem did pull me in and hold be captive until the end. Really good work. Thanks for sharing.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks so much Dallas, my niche as... crazy bird lady???? lol

Hello Linda and welcome! thanks so much for reading and leaving such compliments. I shall have to pay you a visit!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful and well done. Erin, you remind me about "the Crow" movies. But you made this much better than the movie. Thanks for sharing this. Take care!

Blessing and hugs,


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thank you so much, Prasetio! I really enjoyed writing about my crows. I'm not sure if I want them to visit me again or not...I like having the experiences to write about, but I don't think I like going through the consequences! I don't mind saying I am superstitious and I do believe in signs! Love and peace, my friend.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

I loved this poem. WOW! Very awesome. I'm bookmarking it to read again...


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

I'm so glad my poem touched you so much. I'm honored that you would bookmark it Denise. Namaste, my friend.


caity 5 years ago

"Nevermore!"


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Hehehe my FGD Caity, love you!

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