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Alfred the Black, an Epic

Updated on December 14, 2012

He always comes home in the fall

Loudly announcing his arrival.

He was doing a tap dance on a stone wall

Yet the weather was turning bad, no denial.

Mischievously laughing as he did a slide,

He showed what he had in his heart.

He rode a gust of wind in a showman's glide,

This Prince of Glory played his part.

Calling me, he said to hold tight for a seemingly rough ride.

The churning black and vile storm clouds will not ever play fair.

You'd best take cover soon, o do run and hide.

Don't worry about Old Alfie, I'll fly beyond there.

I'm not going anywhere without you, my friend,

I'll not see you get battered and tossed.

My house is up the road a-piece, just round the bend.

If you wait too much longer in this storm, you'll surely be lost.

Come quickly with me, I felt cold drops of rain.

This is a promise for carnage and high wind,

I'll not have you die or break your brain

When I have warmth and cover within.

You fly due south and wait for me

At the brick house back there.

You'll know mine and will surely see

Bushes where you can hide, so you won't be scared.

Off he went into the roiling and fearful dark,

I'd hurry just as fast as I could.

Hopefully, he'd manage to hit his mark

And not be struck by flying wood.

Even though I ran with all my might home,

The freezing tempest pushed me back.

The violent waters were angry with unjust foam

Pummeling me like weightless moss in a linen sack.

It seemed like an eternal life before I reached the entry.

Alfred! yelled I over the violent din of hell.

Stand fast if you can, O noble sentry,

Before the avalanche of water is upon us in a swell!

I grabbed him tight, as I was blown within my abode

Like a discarded leaf upon the quaking ground.

Just as suddenly the incessant battling demons rode

The violence back through the gates of Satan around.

The last scream of agony ended as quickly as it came

For the gods of lightening and thunder were sent

Back to their own forlorn and hellish game.

Alfie and I were back in the sun, just like nature had meant.

So let this be a lesson to all

Without any grave intent.

The crow and his friend always prevail

Before what would be a bitter end.



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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, beckie! It was a fun thing to do, especially for my storm.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Deb - magnificent job with the poetry genre!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Alicia. I have a few more pictures to add, too, which will happen shortly.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a dramatic and enjoyable poem, Deb, with a very interesting story!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      moonlake, you need to spend time with these birds. They will get used to you and venture closer. Give them toys that are shiny and bright. Give them nuts in the shell to crack. Give them puzzles to solve. If you dare, climb a tree with a string and a piece of meat attached, but it can't be too close to the trunk. A bird will draw the string up, step on it, and pull the meat up high enough to get it and eat it. Figure out more games and they will try to please you for rewards.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Connie! I'm not much of a poet, and it sure struck me with all the crows that I have met recently.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Of, course we made it, Jackie. Crows persevere, as do I. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      6 years ago from America

      Beautiful poem We have crows and ravens in our yard they are so smart I have an awful time getting a picture of them with our camera. Voted Up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I was so glad to see they made it, although of course I suspected it, you never know! Very cute.

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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, this is so way cool!! I love Alfred the Black , and thank you for sharing this side of you. You know I have a love of crows and ravens just as you have. Voted Up and Awesome.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Bumpsysmum, thanks for the thumbs up!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy, I just had to try something a little different. Since I have a few crow friends, it was a natural.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Martin. It was one of those things that I just had to do.

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      6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      A majestic bird and a majestic tribute, great poem.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the epic, Deb! It's right up there with "Ulysses" by Tennyson. Bravo! :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Bravo. Okay, I'm impressed. Good work, keep it up. Thank tou

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Suhail. I'm not much of a poet, but it more or less came to me, so I just had to do it.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      6 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Beautiful poem on one of my top 5 favorite birds. Voted up.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Intense yes, but lives filled with curiosity and wonder. I have three at my disposal who are wonderful characters.

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      6 years ago from USA

      How ironic, I have written on the wonders of the "crow" and nature's intense and often foreboding presence on our lives. Thanks


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