Blue Elephant WIP Performance Confirmed: Nov. 15, 2018
RAVEN, NOT A CROW
(contributed by Mary Lowery)
They say I crow.
But I’m not a crow, I’m a raven…..
Raucous in quarrels.
Clamourous for ascendancy
Rag-tags in twigs and boughs
They tangle in their caw-cuss rows
In knots too hard to untie.
Shape shifter in
its baby steps— a totter-teetering,
its head-nods to wavering grass—
a prince in practice, its tail-bats—
a regal slap to the air; now
rushing the vulture devouring the lamb,
darting at wild dogs
destroying the deer,
for fresh doe-flesh,
or meat for a meal
one perched bird sovereign over
a four-and-twenty caucus crowing in flattering imitation
self-heralding in woodland pipes,
Or in ancient proclamation,
“Kroark, kroark, kroark!”