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The Crow Convention with One Left in the Wake (Poem)

Updated on November 24, 2016

The Compassion of the Crows

A poem about the compassion the crows show for each other and how they Crow became my favorite bird.

A few days ago, when I saw the compassion and caring they have for each other, it is more than some human beings.

The one left at the wake

He had waded in to deep  The embankment was too steep And this is where he Finally went to sleep
He had waded in to deep The embankment was too steep And this is where he Finally went to sleep | Source

The Crow Convention with One Left in the Wake

© Shyron Shenko 7/18/14


The Crow Convention

Or maybe it was a wake

Was held in the corner of my yard today

Eight sat on my fence

Two were in the ditch

Something was in the water

The two were trying to pull it out

I ran to get my camera

To get a picture of what this convention was all about

That is when they started cawing

With such a mournful sound

It was then I realized what was in the water

One of them had drowned

The Crow convention

Had been held here for another’s sake

What had been their convention

Had become a mournful wake

I’ve seen how the Crows care for one another

When one was trapped

Inside a ring of wire mesh

The other five worked and worked

Until they got him out


Looking north toward the sight of the crow convention/wake
Looking north toward the sight of the crow convention/wake | Source
previously held Conventions in happier times
previously held Conventions in happier times | Source

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Kenneth, thank you so much for the comment, I do appreciate you so much.

      Blessings always

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for the compliment and comment.

      You are right about Hillary, nobody has been more maligned than she has, and all the stuff that trump has accused her of, he is doing.

      I don't care if this does not get moved to a niche site.

      Hope all is well with you and hope you had a nice Mother's Day.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Absolutely stunning; profound and very deep.

      Fantastic work.

      Keep it up and never look back.

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      C E Clark 6 months ago from North Texas

      Come back to this excellent poem, one of my favorites, that so well depicts how crows possess compassion, something that Republicans do not even know anything about.

      Trump's budget will cut all manner of assistance to the poor, elderly, handicapped, and even healthcare for children (Chip). Millions who finally obtained access to healthcare through the ACA will have it taken away again. Food stamps and Medicaid are to be cut still more, along with programs like Meals-on-Wheels. All to give bigger tax cuts to the wealthy and force the U.S. to buy more military equipment that isn't needed from the wealthy weapons industry.

      Most members of our Congress are also wealthy and will benefit from the tax cuts and from starving poor people and their children. It isn't Hillary who was, or is crooked . . .

      Really like this poem very much. Can't believe it hasn't been moved to the Letterpile niche.

      Take care dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing. On Tuesday or Wednesday it was 109° actual degrees not the heat index with the Brutal sun.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the compliment and comments, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs to you also dear friend.

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      C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

      As you know this is one of my favoritest poems you have written. A lot of people would learn something from these birds if they only could. Sharing it again.

      Hope you are in a cool place and letting the grass fend for itself today. 99 degrees F. here right now. Blessings and hugs to you dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and complements I hope all is well with you Blessings and hugs to you also.

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Back to share this amazing poetic story again. A shame people aren't more like these birds. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather day! Blessings and hugs dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing.

      Blessings and hugs my friend.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Drawn to this excellent poem again. If only humans were so compassionate. Sharing of course . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and compliments.

      Blessings and Hugs to you also

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Another of my favorite poems. Sharing this again and hoping to stay awake long enough to do that. So hard to stay awake . . .

      Blessings and hugs to you both.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, up votes, compliment, and sharing. I hope you are feeling better today, and that things are looking up for you.

      Shyron

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to read some of the comments. They can be as interesting sometimes as the article. I do love this poem though. It's one of my favorites because it shows the empathy that some creatures have. Some humans could learn from these very smart birds. No, I'm not talking about any specific person, but maybe some groups of them? ;)

      Voted up again and shared. Voted Awesome and Beautiful too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Deergha, you are welcome, thank you for the comments, compliments, up-votes and for sharing. I really appreciate you.

      Blessing and Hugs.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I got it this time. I check spam almost every time now, I wonder how many of my comments have been sidetracked.

      Thank you my Dear Friend for the comment, compliment, up votes and for sharing, I really appreciate you.

      Yes the Crows are a beautiful to watch.

      Blessings and Hugs, hope all is well with you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mary (tillsontitan), thank you for the comment, compliment, up votes and for sharing, I really appreciate you.

      Yes the Crows are a beautiful to watch.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Phyllis, you are welcome, thank you for the comment, compliment, up votes and for sharing, I really appreciate you.

      Yes the Crows are a beautiful to watch.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Kenneth, thank you for the comment, compliment, up votes and for sharing, I do appreciate you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mary615, thank you for the comments, up votes and for sharing, you are appreciated.

      I was amazed at the compassion of these birds.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Karen, thank you for the visit and the comment. I really appreciate you.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Shyron, Many thanks for sharing this true poetic story with us here. It's a real lesson for us human kind here to learn from our fellow feathery friends to rise in kindness and empathy. Your presentation is very spontaneous to hold us readers till the end of the story. Good job done. A nice poem with a strong massage really. Shared and voted up interesting.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This is a great poem and one of my favorites. Sharing it again. Hope it comes through this time.

      I'm wondering what happened to the comment I put on here April 18. I shared it,etc. Have you looked in your spam folder? I can't believe how many comments end up in mine.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Shyron,

      You are very welcome. I love crows, ravens, bluebirds, falcons and eagles.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      What an interesting topic turned into a beautiful poem! This is certainly a hit worthy of all the accolades already written.

      I can't help thinking about the poor, drowned crow and all his mourning friends.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Kenneth, thank you for the compliments, comments, and up-votes.

      Have a blessed day.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Shyron,

      Wow, at the comments. I loved this hub. Every word and photo. Voted up and all of the choices. Great job.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      How sad for the crows to lose a loved one - yet, how compassionate and caring they are to try to save their brother (or sister). I often see crows gather in my back yard, but not every day. When I toss out unsalted peanuts or dried bread cubes they love to gather and munch.

      Thank you, Syron, for this compassionate poem and the pictures. Crows are highly intelligent. Bless them all and blessings to you.

      Up, *** and H+

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I think the crow is a very beautiful bird. I saw a fly who was lying lifeless once, and several flies came and tried to revive him. I watched in awe as they "worked" on that fly. I have read of many tales where an animal will try to save the life of another of their kind.

      I enjoyed your story of the crow convention very much.

      Voted this UP, and shared.

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      Karen Hellier 2 years ago from Georgia

      Oh so sad, but sweet at the same time.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Larry, so do I, and they recognize me, they call me to come out and feed them. Thank you for the comment.

      Have a blessed day.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I know they aren't everybody's favorite bird, but I think crows are beautiful.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Ben, thank you for the comment and compliment. Yes the crows talk to me, they have even become brave enough to fly to the feeder when I am only 10 feet away, when they see me put food out, funny thing, I had some corn to feed them and they would not eat it, I guess they like it fresh right in the field, Chip and Dale (Squirrels) would love the corn, but can't get to the bird feeder any more. Anyway they have their own feeder.

      Blessings Ben

      Shyron

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      Ben Zoltak 3 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      You bend a powerful poem Shyron, as evidenced by all these admirers, myself included! I love crows, I speak to them when they pass by, especially when I come home. I learned crows recognize peoples faces they are so intelligent, and they communicate to one another about specific people! I like that Patty Inglish in her comment above called them "people" as I am an Anishhanaabe and I should consider them people so I will. That they care for one of their own that passed on is no surprise indeed, the powerful and surprising crow!!!

      Ben

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Karen for your comment. You are so appreciated. Yes I was so fortunate to see and experence this.

      Blessings to you dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Susie! Thank you so much for your comments. I am glad that you have a convention in your yard and you can attend.

      Blessings and hugs to you.

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      Karen Kay 3 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Lovely poem... and you are so right! I am sure it was a crow version of a funeral or wake. They are such intelligent birds! I did a lens on them a while back. You were lucky to witness this!

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      We have 5 crows that live somewhere in the woods near by. It seems one must always be watching for food to be tossed out for them, because soon after they all arrive to feast. Or, at other times they will all be sitting in the trees in the yard just hanging out. They are amazing birds to watch.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Ann, I very much appreciate your visit and your comment.

      Yes, "murder of crows" I have heard that is what the family unit of crows is called from childhood, but it seem a misnomer to me also. Maybe it is because when I was a little girl my grandfather's corn field could be destroyed/killed in one day if he did not have the scarecrows standing out in the middle.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Crows have large families, don't they? I find them, as all birds, fascinating though they don't always have a good reputation. This is such a moving poem. Isn't it strange that some animals react this way to each other's misfortune and some don't?

      Did you know the collective noun is 'A murder of crows'? Seems a misnomer in the light of your story!

      Lovely poem and photos. So good you were quick to react with the camera. Looking forward to reading more.

      Ann

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you again Au fait for the comments, vote and sharing. I am glad this is your favorite poem. I think it is probably my favorite also.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Came by to check this out again. It's one of my favorite poems all around, not just poems by you. Voted up and awesome and sharing again.

      Almost bedtime . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jo, for your comment and compliment. You are right we humans do not have a monopoly on caring.

      I really appreciate you.

      Have a Blessed day

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is beautiful and so sad! We as humans, do not have the monopoly on caring. A very touching display captured in a beautiful poem.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Tom (Crazyhorsesghost/He Who Talks With Crows), I am so pleased that you enjoyed my Crow Convention. I now have eight crows that visit daily, except yesterday, they did not come around at all and the food was still there this morning, and I have not seen or heard them today.

      My name (I was told is Cherokee) but don't know what it means in English, but is not a variation of Sharon which many people think.

      Thank you Tom for being a dear friend.

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I really enjoyed this one to Shyron. You got the crow down perfect. They are very much social animals. Almost human in many ways. My Sioux name in English is " He Who Talks With Crows ". The crow is my spirit animal so I was really touched by this Hub Page of yours. Thanks again Shyron for writing something that both lifted my spirits and made me think. Thanks.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peg, for you kind comment. I really appreciate you. It was strange that I did not see my feathered friends today and I really miss them.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      You've captured the essence of fine feathered friends here in your soulful poetry. I loved the imagery and the presentation of your kind thoughts for these, God's creatures.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Lauren, thank you so much for you comment. I had a wonderful experience yesterday. I was working in the garage with my hubby and my garden shed is on the other side of the house, I need to go get a piece of lumber for hubby and as I turned the corner the crows were there and I startled them, all flew away but one and it flew to the crow birdfeeder and cawed. I had taken food for them so put the food in the feeder and this let me get with 5 feet then flew up in the tree and came back to the feeder after I walked away.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Minister Jacky for you comment. I read your hub, but had nowhere to leave a comment.

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      Jacky Hughes 3 years ago from Yarnton, Oxfordshire

      Thank you. It is a nicely written poem. Animals do seem to have some kind of ability to connect with and feel for each other over and above instinct.

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      Lauren Irving 3 years ago from Davie, FL

      Like the way you described what you had seen in your yard. I think Crows are now my favorite Bird. I love the way they show compassion.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Scarface1300, I am glad you love my poem. Thank you for the comment.

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      Scarface1300 3 years ago

      Love this.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Aunt Jimi, It is funny that almost all animals have compassion for each other. Thank you my dear friend for the up votes and sharing.

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      Aunt Jimi 3 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Isn't it funny how animals have more compassion for each other than people do? Really like this poem. Sharing and voted way up!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      FlourishAnyway, I am so glad you love this story. I also think that animals are smarter than people give them credit for.

      Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate you.

      Shyron

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Shyron, I loved this. It was told with compassion and sentimentality but was not sappy. A perfect observer's description. Very well done. I am convinced that animals have a full thought process and social order that we often do not give them credit for.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Kim, thank you for your comments. I always knew the crows were smart, but this was the first time I realized they also have empathy for one another. I do hope my poem will show how caring these birds are.

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      Kim Dessaix 3 years ago

      I love watching crows too. They seem to be the most intelligent of birds. Thank you for helping to improve their reputation.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      John, thank you for the comments, I did not see the other one, but it is appreciated anyway. Yes the crows are very intelligent.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I did leave a comment about this hub previously but it hasn't shown up Shyron. Anyway well done, interesting subject. Crows are very intelligent.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Jaye, thank you for reading and commenting, up votes and sharing this hub. I really appreciate you my dear friend.

      I usually have 6-7 attendees at my crow conventions. You three reminds me of what it says in the bible "where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I also".

      Blessings my dear friend

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Patty, It is so good to see you. Thank you so much for you comments, I know and I think of you every day when I see the crows and I thought of you when I wrote the poem.

      Blessings my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Victoria for your visit.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Dear Faith, thank you for your comments, sharing and blessings (I do need lots of blessings) and most of all thank you for your friendship.

      Blessings to you always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the compliment, comments, sharing on FB and HP; and for the pin to your Birds board.

      Have a Blessed day my dear friend.

      Love Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Peggy W. thank you for your comment, up votes and sharing. And you are right, I have seen empathy in many animals, but this was the second time I saw it in the crows.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      It's trite to say I love crows, but I always have done. Intelligent, charming, mouthy at times. Caring...now that's a word. Another reason to cherish the black-feathered people.

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      Victoria Baughman 3 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful insight!

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Shyron, you have so much insight--into the actions and feelings of both people and animals. This is a lovely poem. For the past few days (in between rains), I've seen quite a few crows congregating where I live, though only two or three at once. Maybe theirs is a 'mini-convention.'

      Voted Up/Awesome/Beautiful/Shared

      Jaye

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Meant, except for the sad first photo of course. Blessing always

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, thank you for your comment and sharing with your followers and on twitter.

      I know that you dearly love birds, and so do I. My favorite was the Cardinal until I was an uninvited attendee at the Crow Convention.

      Seven Convenied this morning and they were screaming at me because I did not put corn out for them, but they are happy now.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Shyron,

      What an inspiration from witnessing such a convention of the crows! Such a touching poem here as to the crows and their mourning over their lost friend. As others have stated, we can learn a lot from the crows in helping out our fellow brothers and sisters in times of peril and perseverance until it is done.

      Your photos are lovely.

      Thank you for sharing!

      Voted up ++++ and away

      Blessings always

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Excellent poem, Shyron. I love it! You definitely have a way with words and with drawing. Isn't it amazing how some animals have more character than humans?

      Sharing this with HP followers, and on FB. Also pinning to my 'Birds' board and voted up, BAI.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It is true that some animals seem to have more empathy and concern for their own kind and sometimes even others than we humans do at times. We could learn from that! Up votes and sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Shyron, that must have been heartbreaking to see that. As you know from my poetry that i dearly love birds. I didn't know that much about the crows. They are beautiful! Thank's so much for sharing your photo's. Shared on twitter..

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Kevin, thank you for the up votes and pin. No I got to close and they all flew away, then came back late in the day and were even on my patio.

      Blessings my friend, I truly appreciate you.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for the compliment and the comments, you are truly appreciated.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jamie for your comment. I have been feeding the Crows for sometime and have never seen anything like this before except when one got stuck inside the wire mesh and the other five would not leave it there but helped it get out, what a treat it would have been to film that feat.

      Blessings to you my friend.

      Shyron

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      That was something else Shyron. It must have been sad to watch them go through that for their mate. You told a loving tale that we can all be aware of - by the way, did you ever get your photo?

      The only crows that I have seen are 1-2 at a time in trees, on feeders or walking down street centers being picked on by mockingbirds.

      I voted this up and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So interestingly written and a wonderful mind you have when it comes to writing and sharing your thoughts.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I love how this moment with the Crows shadows larger more human moments. Well done. Jamie

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi Bill, Thank you for the compliment and the comment. This actually happened last Wednesday, I heard the cawing of the crows and thought they were fighting and ran for the camera then when I walked out to the culvert to get better view of the ditch I saw two crows trying to pull the other one out of the water the eightt that I counted were cheering them on, but I walked to close and they all flew away.

      Blessings to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have the imagination and creativity necessary for a writer to become a very good writer (or poet)....beautiful insight and writing my friend.