Hi Neighbor,

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fireblossom Friday : Corvid and sit a while.

As most of you know, a group of crows is called a “murder” of crows. Crows are often used in literature and films to convey a sense of foreboding or death. But crows are extremely intelligent birds who can figure out complex tasks–like using a stick to help them retrieve a piece of food–and they can distinguish individual human faces so that they know who is a friend and who to avoid. If you feed crows, they will sometimes bring trinkets and shiny objects to leave as gifts for you.

So, write about crows, or from the point of view of a crow, or use them as metaphors. Just write about crows!


Yeah, I heard
that expression,
‘eating crow.’
You could do
a lot worse.
We speak in
verse, but humans
never understand
us. We can read
you like a book,
look at your face,
and tell if you are
friend or enemy. See,
we have been around
for ages. Pages of
books have been
dedicated to us.
Smart, adaptable,
kind creatures
are crows. Get to
know us; we are
sociable and bear


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to Hi Neighbor,

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Love this! 🙂


  2. Candy says:

    You’ve told the crow’s story well.


  3. Too often we fail to even try to know our neighbor be it bird of human.


  4. sanaarizvi says:

    You give a fine voice to these magnificent creatures 🙂


  5. Shawna says:

    I love this! Excellent line breaks, controlling how the poem is read and emphasizing the rhyme. Great work.


  6. Kerry says:

    I would surely like to get to know a crow better.


  7. coalblack says:

    That’s right!

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