Crow (1)


Crow’s no harbinger:
too busy with his own shit
to foreshadow yours.



Image: Mourning bird by Flickr user WorldIslandInfo, published under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license.

The poem was previously published in the Spring 2016 Showcase issue of The Zen Space.

2 thoughts on “Crow (1)

  1. Amen to that! Though I can see the attractions of believing that there is an almost supernatural interconnectiveness in the scheme if things that betokens events of import for our little lives. If only more people interpreted it in terms of the importance of biodiversity, the imminence of global warming and the senselessness of wanton slaughter …


    • Amen to that.

      “We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges… it is a profound mistake to believe that we must know of such things to be influenced by them, and in fact to believe so is to believe in the most debased and superstitious kind of magic. The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all.

      Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer


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