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A Murder Of Crows

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Benjamin

With scant cognition of the corpse's stench:

Black heads together, they begin to mutter

Like magistrates that sit upon the Bench.

Whilst those beneath them mitigate and stutter

Over a fortuitously come by supper.

Who'll get the soft parts, who will get the rind.

And judgement passed: incongruously flutter

About their bloody feast; paying no mind

To what the creature was, only what's left behind.

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dr_con

Appropriately morbid! now is it a naturalistic piece or more of gothic bent? Regardless, it is to my liking.

 

Con/Jur/D


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Benjamin

It stems from a recent comment I made re: the traditional Scottish poem/song "Twa Corbies". Where two crows discuss how to dismember the body of a fallen knight. The interpretation here however, is up to the discretion of the reader. Purely as an exercise I've tried to observe some of the rules of Spenserian Stanza :smile:

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moonqueen

This is great! I love anything about ominous birds, but my lord, G, you are more ambitious than I. Excellent 'exercise' you have accomplished with this one.

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Gatekeeper

There seem to be a good many crows and their kin in poetry.

Just as well, as they are apt subjects and smart enough to enjoy their fame, I suspect.

This was fun!


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fdelano

Made me think of black-robed priests around a heretic after their torturer finished his job. Just one of many images that could aptly apply. Great mood piece.

 

And judgement passed: incongruously flutter

About their bloody feast; paying no mind

To what the creature was, only what's left behind.

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Benjamin

Old folklore symbolized most natural things ie: raven on the roof was a bad omen.. other birds, creatures, trees etc. are all represented in the ageless imaginings of mankind. The nature of crows however, seems to make them stand out as a reflective source for the less savoury aspects of humanity. On a somewhat different note: I recall as a child the crows singing in Walt Disney's "Dumbo" "I've done seen about anything.. when I see an elephant fly!" G. :smile:

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dcmarti1

Like magistrates that sit upon the Bench.

 

Reminds me of the Pope line:

 

Wretches hang, that jurymen may dine.

 

Loved this poem.

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David W. Parsley

Geoff, Poe meets Ogden (g)Nash with a dash of Swift in this dark caped swirl of rhyme!

 

- Dave

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Benjamin

Thanks dcmarti and Dave.

A little self-indulgence.. perhaps more Vincent Price than Poe :-) but even the most innocuous of themes may hold dark connotations from fairy tales upward. G.

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