That Which Hath Wings

spiral crows 2s

“Curse not the king, no, not even in thy thoughts, and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber; for a bird of the air shall carry thy voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.” –Ecclesiastes 10:20

Black is for nothing
waiting—shadow bird, mirrored
particles of air

of skies that open
wings, hold inside the absent
voice that shatters all

which is, which becomes,
which hath grown darkness—veiled words
becoming matter—

Nothing is waiting,
nothing sings but the silence.
All is black on black,

formless, flying on
feathers’ breath, and all shall be
now and forever

nothing nothing no
thing nothing nothing nothing
nothing nothing no

cries no conjuring–
every thing zeros falls in
to black as black is–

Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge this week is “Raven”.  I have many a crow poem and many pieces of crow art in some form of completion, and this is a poem I’ve been worrying for awhile.  I changed its form recently from a series of shadormas to haikus.  I think the shorter stanzas are better.  But it’s still a work in progress.

Yesterday I was walking on 153rd Street, which borders Trinity Cemetery, and I heard some crows–then many many crows–looking up, a murder, circling and calling against the blue sky.  I haven’t seen that in the city before.  And I thought, well, I have artwork for that too.

What it signified I don’t yet know.

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18 responses to “That Which Hath Wings”

  1. Sharon Mann says :

    Good morning Kerfe, I’m so drawn to the poem and the artwork today. I zoomed in on your artwork and loved each stitch. I also like how the crows are floating above.

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  2. Janice says :

    This is all impressive…I gather that the poem was not made with this particular piece of visual art but they go together well. Seeing a murder of crows must have been quite an experience.

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  3. rivrvlogr says :

    In a world of dark words, dark thoughts and dark souls – the former released by the latter, revealing the darkness they hold as if legitimizing unacceptable behavior…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Frank J. Tassone says :

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #5: Method two Madness’ latest haiku sequence for my current #haikai challenge!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jodi says :

    wow – so powerful…. the art really drew me in dramatically

    Liked by 1 person

  6. merrildsmith says :

    I love this, Kerfe–the art, the words, the pondering, the wonder, the mystery of crows. . .

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sue Vincent says :

    Fabulous, Kerfe.

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