Written for:  The Sunday Muse #54

baby crow

Fledgling American Crow on Hand photo by Robert Langham

Handle me
I am still
a baby.
If you help
raise me, I will
forever be
your protector.
After I am
on my own–
flown the coop
as they say–watch
for little gifts outside
your door. Crows
are generous
to people
that care for them.
You can tell by
my face, I keep
promises. Did I
say thanks? Oh,
I am ashamed. Should
have been first
on my list.

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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22 Responses to Careful!

  1. Carrie V. H. says:

    Love the sweet words of the baby crow! Love this Sara!


  2. Sweet and true. Crows are so smart and giving, if treated well.

    The last three lines made me smile. 🙂


  3. wyndolynne says:

    A charming invitation/reminder. 🙂


  4. robtkistner says:

    Thia is sweet Sara, taking the piece to a gentle tender place. Nice write. I went more toward their other persona.


  5. kanzensakura says:

    Wonderful! I had a crow that for years would bring shiny bits of things and drop onto my back porch. Eventually, it stopped so I assume the crow died. Crows can be tender if you are good to them.


  6. Susie Clevenger says:

    Ahh…This is so sweet, and crows do remember those who have been good to them.


  7. coalblack says:

    Crows DO leave little trinkets and shiny things for people who feed them or help them, as you clearly know!


  8. I have heard stories of crows who return to visit their caretakers, and who bring them little gifts. I loved this poem!


  9. Beverly Crawford says:

    Those who take the time to learn about crows are amazed at their perceptions. Often there are gifts, I’m told. Well written!


  10. It’s so good to see that crows are so polite and willing to keep up a healthy friendship


  11. Regina Phillips says:

    I love the idea of that mysterious gift!


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