Posted by: John Looker | 7 April, 2021

One tree and six or seven crows

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The old apple tree,
bent over, struggling into bud

and two crows plundering for sticks,
scattering debris and flapping home
unhurriedly with their building bricks:

like Vandals at a Roman villa
just lost in wonder.

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© John Looker 2021

I’ve tried to catch them in a photo but they are too wild, too quick.


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  1. An excellent poem as usual John. I love the analogy to Vandals!

    I do hope you are keeping well in all of this….

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    • Thank you Kim. Yes we’re both well thanks, and I hope you are.

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      • Its been nice to read one of your poems John. I have a particular fondness for all members of the crow family. From way before I read Ted Hughes as a teenager, falling in love with Baskin’s illustration for Crow and then the ones in Cave Birds. You capture
        them in just a few lines.

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        • Thank you, it’s kind of you to leave a comment. I think we admire crows for their resourcefulness and guts. They are not cute or pretty are they, but a force of nature: Ted Hughes captured that for me!

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      • Yes we’re fine. This past year has actually been good to us, apart from the worry about absent children.

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  2. I love covids, John, as you may know, and this is a strong poem. I am glad to see it. What makes the poem is the final line. I also like the way the contrast between the old apple tree and the plundering behavior of the crow works. The apple tree is struggling into bloom, fulfilling its function in life even though old age is making that difficult. The metaphor is obvious, at least to me. Then the crows plunder, scatter, flap, and build, fulfilling their function in life too by building a nest. The dance between the two images ends up in total delight.

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    • Thanks a lot Tom, I’m pleased it works for you. I reworked it and reworked it, trying to catch something. You would have loved watching those birds!

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  3. Hi John, i have a particular fondness for all members of the crow family and I have loved them even before I read Ted Hughes as a teenager, with the illustrations of Baskin for Crow and Cave Birds. You have captured them within a few lines.

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  4. that’s excellent John, very evocative.

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    • Thanks Tom – it’s good to hear from you.

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  5. Thanks John, you have reminded us all how wonderful crows are, one of my favorite birds. Enjoyed the mental picture you painted with your words.

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  6. I love this poem, it is beautiful. Ethel

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    • Thank you Ethel. That means a lot to me. Best wishes, John

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  7. This poem is a great way to memorialize a special moment. We experienced a similar sighting. Miraculously, it happened as I was having my grand-daughter photograph a tree covered in red berries highlighted by green leaves and a covering of snow. At that moment a large flock of migratory birds discovered the tree. Within minutes all the berries were gone.

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    • That must have been an extraordinary sight Jane, indeed one that’s almost a privilege to witness! I hope your grand-daughter caught in her photos. Thanks for letting us know about it here.

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  8. Hi John,

    Keen on crows, as I am (all kinds from colourful jays to raucous rooks and giant “gronking” ravens), I can’t help a chuckle or two over those cheeky rascals plundering your old apple tree!

    Great poem though.

    Best,

    Paul

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    • Hello Paul. You are right of course, it’s hard not to admire corvids! And in truth I watched them for some time in fascination. Thanks for stopping to comment. All the best, John

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