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A CROW CALLS













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    a crow calls
    three times
    no one answers
 
I love the call of crows in the morning
it seems like they have something important to say
"good morning - this is the first day
of the rest of your life"
or "beware a message from a stranger"
or maybe, "you idiots,
how can you make such a mess of the world"
or maybe there is no meaning
dogs bark, crows call, feathers fly
 
much preferable to blue jays
they squawk
blue jays from Hell, my friend Robert used to say
probably because they looked like they were wearing hoods over their heads
not to mention they would swoop down like kamikazes
and steal the rice cake right out of your hand
 
but crows are more shamanic
omens of great portent
signs of agreement, Don Juan would say
as if they know the exact time of my death
casting a shadow across my path
 
watchmen at the gates of dawn
town criers...
"6 o'clock, a hard frost, and all is well"
sentries in black
"halt! who goes there?
say the secret password"
 
    a crow calls
    three times