This morning, a murder

This morning, a murder
of crows puncturing
the dawn, cawing

and bobbing
on bare branches,
alive with alarm,

or exhilaration. How
I envied their full-
throated response to

the call of that moment —
so pure, and sharp,
and temporary —

and how they then
left it wholly
behind, flew gladly —

without one backward
glance — into the
next, unknowable,

while the sun —
having heard their excitement —
could not help but rise.


  1. Delightful, Cate – enjoyed reading this several times!

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    1. Thank you, Jazz! So glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Lately, we have been having alot of birds. Not sure if they are crows. It’s fun watching them and scary too because of the movie The Birds.

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    1. That darn Hitchcock; first, he ruins showers, and then he ruins birds. 🙂
      They are fun to watch, and this time of year, as species migration approaches, can be especially interesting. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. How fun! (Nice touch with the title.) This sounds like many of the mornings around our house, except they might be yelling at our cat, Savannah! 🙂 Have a good day. -Russ

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    1. Thanks, Russ! Those corvids are brash and bright birds, interesting to observe.

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