Sunday, April 19, 2009

"Crow school is basic..."

Crow school
is basic and
short as a rule—
just the rudiments
of quid pro crow

From "Felix Crow" by Kay Ryan. Read the complete poem here.

The Crow King, c.1200. Image from Wikimedia Commons.


jmcleod76 said...

I like him, too. Crows feel like kindred spirits to me. I enjoy them more than I would think possible for such a common creature.

Did you know that crows recognize individual humans? According to an ornithologist at Cornell, you can feed a chickadee or a sparrow from your hand, but they'll never remember you later. Feed a crow, anbd he'll seek you out later, follow you down the street, even. Too cool. And I love how they congregate at dusk. I always want to know what they're "talking" about.

BitterGrace said...

I thought of you when I posted this, J. I saw a trio of crows playing in the trees a couple of days ago, and they've been on my mind ever since.

Bozo said...

Did you know that the proper term for a collection of crows is a "murder?" (At least that's the word identified in James Lipton's delightful reference book "An Exaltation of Larks.") "A murder of crows!" Wonderful. I wonder where that came from.

BitterGrace said...

There's a story in the book "In the Company of Crows" about a group of crows apparently executing one of their number. That's a behavior other birdwatchers have observed. Maybe that's the source of the term--or maybe it's because they can be "murder" on the ears!