Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Conference of Crows

Conference of Crows
Black trunks accent gray morning
upon flat sky of smoldering light,
overcast the color of old chalk.

Wet snow persists, wind dead calm,
fox tracks follow pheasant tracks
along farm lane through field.

Conference of crows holding high court,
talk of confronting a hawk in flight,
or a perched owl to persecute.

Decisions will soon be reached,
with much greed and little patience:

                        where to fly,
                                                       what to eat,
                                                                                      when to leave.

©  2012  Richard Havenga
(Click on photo to enlarge)
Photo Location:  Parnell-Cannonsburg,  (Parnell) - (Cannonsburg)  Kent County,  Michigan (Michigan


  1. Hi Dad!

    I missed this post earlier, but am so glad I took the time to go back and search for it! I LOVE this one! And ever since you mentioned it to me, "conference of crows" has stuck in my head. I think of it whenever I see them assembling in a tree or atop a cliff as I'm hiking. There was another crow conference yesterday on the rocks atop Bald Hill. I listened in. ; )

    Thanks for teaching me to be an observer and lover of nature, Dad!



  2. Sarah:

    Thanks for your kind remarks. I'm sure you observed with openness and patience, as you decided where to trail run next, what to eat when you finished, and when to leave.

    I'm still learning from that big book you gave me on my birthday, 2010; In the Company of Crows and Ravens.




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