Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Turning Of The Crow



Sometimes there’s a sound
like a drawer opening and closing
and on the final thud
a noise like powder
raining on paper.

It took two mugs of coffee
to solve this early morning mystery:
the turning of a crow
in a cracked terracotta chimney pot
sending down a trickle of soot
and maybe a brittle twig
to land in the grate below.

The drawer slides, slams again.
Alarmingly so.
What if the crow
took a tumble,
spiralled down in a panic
of soot and wings?

All goes quiet.

The mind takes off
in yesterday’s black car.

All that remains
is a scatter of bird song
singing in the eaves.

8 comments:

  1. "powder raining on paper" especially strong

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Susan.

      I wrestled for a while to find the right words for this particular obsession. It means a lot to know that you like them.

      Take care,

      Jonathan.

      Delete
  2. We've had the occasional bird come down the chimney. Unfortunately it's always come down to me to have to deal with it.

    If you're interested, I've blogged about it on each occasion:

    http://kimayres.blogspot.co.uk/2008/06/bird-in-living-room.html
    and
    http://kimayres.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/noises-in-log-burner.html
    and the last 6 paragraphs of this post:
    http://kimayres.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/runners-up-in-scottish-tattoo.html

    After that we got the landlord to fix a cap onto the chimney top...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Kim. I shall put my extending brush together and head along to your chimney soon.

      Delete

Pages

Morlock Oil

Morlock Oil
A new collection of stories available now . Click on image for details.

The Quest Of Great Celtic Mystery

The Quest Of Great Celtic Mystery
New Chapbook Available (email rockinahill@gmail.com for details)

Furrow

Furrow
Bunchgrass Press