Crow Conference

Crow Conference

A Poem by Kathy Van Kurin

 Crow Conference

Set up a ruckus, crow conference. Passionate discussion! What is so important, bringing such angst?   I am simply a bystander in this crazy ear shattering debate tossed back and forth like a badminton game.  Marshland trees- of Alder, birch, oak and cottonwood- are their conference room.  They have come from far and wide.  Is it a judgment session, a family reunion, or feud?  Calls ring out in dark rasping vowels drifting in the wind and echoing through the canopy.


Was I invited to their meeting, set my toe through the door? They are unaware and mindless of their interruptions, as I proceed; in my own endeavors of respite and contemplation, reading and thinking. Where is my peace? They are shady peace thieves! Shall I Stay and wait?  Surly they must tire of arguments.


In a sudden roar of clapping beaks they rush skyward, rudely announcing themselves- spitting venom! Board room exits in black cloud-members en-mass. An unwanted few stay behind, wanting to continue unfinished business. Unwanted by me!


Feverish new meeting: The Process begins in earnest, an entertaining discussion by scant remaining few.  Just drop the subject! They cannot. Crow conference pulls at the departing to entertain themselves anew,as only crows can do. With a rising huff of cries they now flock, bristling and brushing through the air away.


Departing, they say their final goodbyes and drifting farewells; on, and on, and on.  Floating and flying overhead,like a cloud of black air crafts, one by one.  Finally my tormentors are gone. Will they return?  The peace settles. Solitude resumes, while my shattered nerves breathe a sigh of relief, in a new melody. I cling to a new inner, joyous and harmonious tune and smile.

                    

Kathy Van Kurin        December 2016                


© 2017 Kathy Van Kurin



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Ha, they sure can shatter your peace, that's for sure--I walk around our cul-de-sac every day, and a few years ago, there were hundreds of them in the trees, all squawking, very nerve racking!

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Kathy Van Kurin

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Michael Stevens,
They are an interesting bird with a certain connection to dark poems and/or .. read more
Michael Stevens

1 Month Ago

I've heard they're very intelligent
Kathy Van Kurin

1 Month Ago

I believe it.
You have used some wonderful words to give us a picture of one of nature's wonderful events ... the meeting of a murder of crows. And your reactions and feelings have been cleverly put across. I loved this poem ( poem or descriptive prose?) Loved it anyway!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

5 Months Ago

Great Aunt Astri,
Oh, I like that! You are so helpful and smart. I had not thought this thing.. read more
Great Aunt Astri

5 Months Ago

I do actually prefer song birds too, especially the Blackbird who is the first to arrive in our cher.. read more
Kathy Van Kurin

5 Months Ago

That is awesome! I love that you have something so wonderful to rejoice in right there at home. Love.. read more
Do you think this is the yearly hello. Maybe the change of government. I suppose the good thing with birds is, they don't hang around for long. I remember being in this graveyard one day, and this solitary Raven landed on the headstone. I kept thinking to myself. Is this good or bad.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Kathy Van Kurin

6 Months Ago

Paul Bell,
They do appear to gather yearly. I thinks so at least but I don't know about the g.. read more
Read a few of your works, and this was absolutely my favorite... From the silliness of the concept... To the brilliance in execution... You put dark tones in here that are absolutely my type of crow to hear sow seeds of peace-eating rows... Hopefully a nap was taken after the departure of woe... Splendidly penned...

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Kathy Van Kurin

6 Months Ago

Silente,
Good for you. It is something when a person can see past what they are used to and f.. read more
Silente

6 Months Ago

Aye, is certainly is something, indeed... You are most welcome, and I am most glad you shared it as .. read more
LOL!
Kathy, there is, absolutely, no doubting whatsoever you've actually experienced and closely observed the cacophony, raucous din, and tirades a murder of cawing crows can reap into the peaceful, unsuspecting atmosphere of a quiet Fall day, and I've yet to know of anyone who's defined and expressed it any better or more vividly painful than you have here, in this brilliant rendition of catching, captivating prose … zowee, I love it!

You've really painted an amazingly clear picture of it all; this is super writing, Kathy … kudos to you! ⁓ Richard : )


psst! (a few missing commas here and there, and check spelling: Marshland, cottonwood, Surely, Boardroom, en masse, aircrafts)

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Richard

6 Months Ago

Looks spot-on to me, Kathy! : )
I loved it before, and double-love it, now … LOL!
As.. read more
Kathy Van Kurin

6 Months Ago

Richard
I know you enjoy writing but that is not your only gift; you come alongside those on.. read more
Richard

6 Months Ago

I could easily say the same of you, Kathy; we're ever-so grateful for You … me and all the rest of.. read more
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LSS
Wow! Am I glad you caught some of my prose, so that I would see what you bring to share. This work is amazing! What depth of observation. What clarity of description. Like droplets of rain, your prose begin to form poetry; creating a melody of thought and allowing my mind to reflect back to my own experiences. Restlessly waiting out my own black hordes to vent themselves and depart. Yet out of the poem reflects a wistfulness that sees behind closed doors and into man's own chaos; never ending only moving on to disturb others.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

8 Months Ago

LSS,
It is so nice to make your acquaintance. The unique interaction I observed the day this .. read more
LSS

8 Months Ago

Our home is on a hill above the surrounding land. Two great old dying maples bracket our house. Bir.. read more
I read somewhere that if you do something good for a crow it will forever watch over you and be loyal.

This is an engaging piece and I can almost hear the cacophony and clackker of the incessant crows having their Annual General Meeting - discussing and cussing you even, right on your doorstep :D



Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

8 Months Ago

Miss KWP,
Your response is delightful! A crow returning a favor; who knew! They birds are com.. read more
I read somewhere where the sounds they make are actually a type of communication. They bring an ominous feeling though whenever they flock together, squawking so loud you cannot think. My cats go crazy trying to catch them through the screens in the windows.

Nice reading you, Kathy!



Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

8 Months Ago

Kelly Scheppers,
How interesting; even through a window your domesticated cats-pets have enou.. read more
Having crows in my back yard and the pleasures of watching them and their so called meetings and what nots I thought this piece was brilliant! I once watched them chase down a hawk for what I think was getting one of their young. Loud buggers they are! I love how you portray nature and all its beauty even when annoying you managed to make the money seem interesting! I could feel the anxiety they caused with their ruckus! Love your style and your voice! Great imagery and spin on a crowfest! Tabby

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

8 Months Ago

Tabby Mac,
I am surprised at how familiar people are with crows and their behavior; a bird wi.. read more

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