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Crows: Poems and Video Links

Updated on October 21, 2015
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942)
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942) | Source
Kawanabe Kyōsai(1831-1889) "Karasu" ("Crow")
Kawanabe Kyōsai(1831-1889) "Karasu" ("Crow") | Source

Seven Reasons I Like Crows

a prose poem

1. Instead of singing, they seem to be calling out the news, or conversing among themselves.


2. Crows hold the middle of the aerial food chain, as we once held the middle among the lion-ruled plains and leopard-haunted thickets.


3. Crows band together to run off hawks and owls, like a self-righteous mob protecting its own, and the neighborhood too.


4. They are omnivores, eating the dead, the living and the vegetable. Their greed is innocent, but not blameless.


5. In certain light, each crow is a featureless window into blackness, upon which we may impose our dreams. They are opaque.


6. As they fly about their business, their wing feathers splay like fingers.


7. As I wish I were, but am not, crows never seem afraid.


Crows Mobbing an Owl

Crows Mobbing a Bald Eagle

Four Crow Haiku


Straight across the sky
under darkening clouds
two crows fly home


Spring sunshine
three crows chase away
the grackles


The smell of earth
as light rain falls at sunset
blackbirds tease a crow


Against a flame-blue sky
I can’t tell what the crow
is carrying



Why aren't these 5-7-5? See Learning to Write Haiku: Some Great Links


A Completely Cute Crow Playing Ball with a Dog

Four More Hubs on Crows

MY SMARTEST BEST FRIEND WAS MY PET CROW by Just Toyia
A lovely story about a pet/friend crow like the one in the video to the right.

Ravens and Crows - Symbolism, Differences, Good and Bad Luck by cclitgirl

An informative and fun to read hub, as I've come to expect from this author, although more about ravens than crows.

The Dying Crow joejagodensky

A short essay on human kindness.



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    • KrisL profile imageAUTHOR

      KrisL 

      5 years ago from S. Florida

      I teach religion, history, and literature.

      I also like science, although there I have to rely on articles for the intelligent layman.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very nicely done. Professor of what, now? I could tell that you had a good mind by your comments.

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      Thomas Swan 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      A beautiful hub. "leopard-haunted thickets" I love the use of language. When I was younger and had to wait for ages for the school bus, I used to count the crows and magpies on the rooftops. One of my favorite birds. I wonder how they evolved to be so... black!

    • KrisL profile imageAUTHOR

      KrisL 

      5 years ago from S. Florida

      Thank you. I've been mostly reading haiku of late, but I just found some poems from Ted Hughes's _Crow_ on-line. Strong -- and spectacular -- writing. I'll check the others as time allows, but now I'm off to read your recent animal poems.

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      Andrew Spacey 

      5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Yes, the crow is a personality no doubt about that. Wondrously engaging bird. Could I point you in the direction of:

      Ted Hughes - Crow

      Grace Butcher - Crow is Walking (Best American Poetry 2000)

      and a full blown book

      Corvus - Esther Woolfson published by Granta.

      Jacob Polley - The Crow (from his first collection The Brink)

      Some great words here. Keep up the good work!

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      whowas 

      5 years ago

      Hi KrisL,

      Well, I love the starlings, too although of course they are native here - and endangered now, I'm sad to report. Maybe you could send yours back home to replenish our diminishing populations!

    • KrisL profile imageAUTHOR

      KrisL 

      5 years ago from S. Florida

      Thanks! Those roosting jackdaws must be quite a sight. I always think it's a shame that starlings were successfully introduced to North America, but jackdaws were not: they are much cooler birds.

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      whowas 

      5 years ago

      Hi KrisL,

      Beautiful poems as ever and about one of my favorite birds, too!

      My personal favorite is

      "Straight across the sky

      under darkening clouds

      two crows fly home"

      Partly because of its complete simplicity but also because it is something that I observe daily from my window as literally thousands of jackdaws gather in a huge communal roost in the oaks behind my house. That gathering always starts with a solitary pair.

      Thanks so much for a beautiful reading experience.

    • KrisL profile imageAUTHOR

      KrisL 

      5 years ago from S. Florida

      Yes, crows don't go much for feeders.

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      ata1515 

      5 years ago from Buffalo, New York.

      Well, it's not that we do not have crows in the region, but I do not get any near my house. I have a number of bird feeders and I get large numbers of magpies, bluejays, and smaller birds, and I have also seen red-winged blackbirds nesting in the area.

    • KrisL profile imageAUTHOR

      KrisL 

      5 years ago from S. Florida

      Thanks for stopping by ATA!

      No crows in Buffalo? I'm surprised. I see crows by the roadside when I visit family in Vermont.

      I'm glad you liked the video. One of the fun things about writing this hub was checking YouTube as well as HubPages for "crows"

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      ata1515 

      5 years ago from Buffalo, New York.

      Interesting poem and amazing video of the crow playing with the ball. I love Corvids, but I don't have any true crows where I live.

    • KrisL profile imageAUTHOR

      KrisL 

      5 years ago from S. Florida

      Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great poem and Haiku about crows was a very awesome read !

      Vote up and more !!!

    • KrisL profile imageAUTHOR

      KrisL 

      5 years ago from S. Florida

      Thanks . . . it was fun to put them together with the videos.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Really interesting info, and the haikus are great.

    • KrisL profile imageAUTHOR

      KrisL 

      6 years ago from S. Florida

      I'm glad you enjoyed it. With a Hub name like "avian voice" you must have some good bird hubs! I check them out.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very nicely said.

    • KrisL profile imageAUTHOR

      KrisL 

      6 years ago from S. Florida

      Thanks, Sid. I'm glad you appreciated the art I found, as well as my poems.

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      Sid Kemp 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Hey, KrisL! I love it all, especially #5, a crow as "a featureless window into blackness." This matches their symbolism in dreams and among power animals - a black bird is a messenger to and from the unconscious. And I love the drawing and the ink painting. Awesome!

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