crane was flying low
intent and majestic
there, nestled between
his shoulder blades
sat his jolly passenger,
a crow just along for the ride
spirit manifests
in many ways…

Black Bird Guidance

Walking down a new street

a bit timid, still moving feet

When big blackbirds, crows I think

came diving at my head, crawking and squawking

putting up a stink

Fear came and roosted

in my screaming countenance

waving arms and hands around my head

doing the scaredy-cat dance

Until I turned around

and chose a different street instead

As the Crow Walks

Speculating on the crows
those that lately let me know
that coyote medicine exists
even in the bird world

(which is actually the same world)


Hop, hop, look quick, hop
the big black bird
plays chicken with my car
hop, hop, quick look, stop

Right in the middle of the road


Crow has a message for me
I think I’ll pay attention

‘cause here comes a bunch of them…

Daily Napkin for Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Daily Napkin for Tuesday, November 3, 2009

At dawning, the full moon
paling on her journey west..
Birds shake awake with
crisping leaves glowing
new light awakening..
Misunderstood crows
caw indiscriminately —
city roosters between
darkness and light