Chatter in the Courtroom

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics:  Corvid poetry
(posted by Ingrid)

"To the corvidae family belong a variety of birds including ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, choughs, magpies and of course, the common crow. Though these birds may be a familiar sight all around the world, they are quite remarkable in their unique intelligence: European magpies have been shown to recognise themselves in mirror tests, and rooks and ravens have demonstrated their ability to make tools and solve problems. This intelligence has been noted by poets and writers as long ago as Aesop in the 6th century BC."

For this week’s Poetics, I would like you to choose a member of the corvid family, and (taking inspiration from the examples above if you wish) write a poem (or even a song) about it. Those of you who like an extra challenge may choose to populate your poem with a variety of corvidae. Here are the collective nouns for the main corvid types to get you started:

A treachery of ravens
A parliament of rooks
A clattering of jackdaws
A scold of jays
A chattering of choughs
A mischief of magpies
A murder of crows  

Parliament of rooks
was in session.  'How
do you plead, crows?'
'Not guilty', claimed
the murder.  'Why don't
you question that 
mischief of magpies?'
Magpies whined in
protest, and were
cleared from the court.
A clamor arose from
the clattering jackdaws, 
who were promptly
drowned out by
the scolding jays.
'This treacherous act
was performed by 
the ravens,' chattered
the choughs.  'Okay,
it was me,' said a crow.
'Shoplifting is an act
perfected by my grandfather
who always was a sucker
for shiny things.' 

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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13 Responses to Chatter in the Courtroom

  1. rothpoetry says:

    Very nicely done! Great use of the prompt!


  2. Lol – enjoyed this, Sarah.


  3. Ingrid says:

    Brilliant! These collective nouns are too good not to make use of 🙂


  4. Clever and fun. I enjoyed this!


  5. I have always thought of magpies being the thieving ones.


  6. Wonderful! I so enjoyed this.


  7. memadtwo says:

    Well done. They all make their case! (K)


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