posted on February 5, 2008 at 6:43 am

with no small trepidation
i set out on my journey
my self imposed exile
my feet heavy with doubt
my hair blasted back by the wind and rain
my white knuckles gripping my wand of jet
my crow my familiar above
crying mournfully against the sky
a black crow with blue beak
blacker than black
a beast of a bird to be sure
but now we belonged together
we were watching out for each other in symbiosis
the crow and i we learned to think alike
the crow would soar in the skies
i would look through its eyes
i feed it sweetmeats and teach it to talk
a beautiful bird it is oh it is
and wonderful things that it has found for me
found before they were ever lost mind you
golden rings and things
tears of hanged men and more again
the bird in forest like a dark blur
turns its eye to gaze at you
a message passes between you
how i do not know
it occurs to us at the same time
the rain is like needles
the pines drip drip drippety drip
the moon is full behind the storm
and the moon the crow and i in cahoots
the moon and the crow in the sky
i on the ground below
as agents for each other within alien elements
the moon can intercede with the atmosphereans
those beings who live in the ether
yes no part of creation is empty
why would it be?
why why had they drummed the old mad magician out out out
the moon looked across the see and saw
the crow croaked in the branches of ash
the lovely moon who whispered low to me
the crow with feathers black as coal
both female the bird and satellite
both orbit me so dutifully
am i really mad i wonder
and the moon croaks and the crow whispers
am i really mad i wonder
and the earth just twists it around on me
its all in the past now
where else could it be?
me
the crow
the moon
three associates in town
fast and easy

26 Responses to “fast and easy”

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    fantasticandy | 5 February 2008 at 7:29 am #

    now THIS is the stuff!
    what a way to start the day….
    no-one is writing better than this these days.
    did you read walter de-la-mare as a boy?
    he’d have loved your work.
    brilliant.
    luv,
    andy L.

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    Hellbound Heart | 5 February 2008 at 9:40 am #

    reminds me of moments of the dark tower by steven king or something that clive barker would write…austere, otherworldly and rather lovely…just finished rereading weaveworld by clive barker…christ that man can write, also read not so long ago a brilliant science fiction novel written in 1966 (or thereabouts) that blade runner was based on…needless to say the book shits on the movie…
    have a lovely evening, all…will somebody please tell Somebody that we’ve had enough rain up here on the north coast…
    love always

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    isolde | 5 February 2008 at 10:14 am #

    there were two birds outside on the weekend on the washing line
    and after the rain stopped one carrolled loudly and ecstatically
    and the sound of it went straight into my heart with the joy of it
    and at that moment I thought
    oh lucky bird how happy you are the rain has come there you are in the beautiful garden but what about the other birds who have lived and died in the drought
    it doesn’t seem fair no it can’t be that life is just luck or individual experience
    perhaps
    life as a bird means you also inherit and share the experiences happiness joys and sorrows of all the other birds born throughout the ages or alive at the same time
    and the same goes for any other creature
    so you are in fact just a temporary expression of birdness
    or humanness
    so it really doesn’t matter if your life has a few details that may not be ideal because your birthright is all the wonderful stuff as well which you can absorb through things like birdsong or music or running with the brumbies if you are a brumby
    and if you are open to it you can get a fair bit out of the stuff other creatures and plants do as well
    and it’s particular voices in song or art or music or being in nature that can release or connect a being with this sense of something greater than themselves and transform a poor or wretched life into a magnificent experience

  4. avatar
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  5. avatar
    Linjo | 5 February 2008 at 10:41 am #

    Am feeling a little contrite for disturbing the peace yesterday. As per the opening line of yesterday’s blog I am uninvited due to my opinions. Forgot who I was dealing with. Just reading today’s beauty has reminded me. Best wishes Steve.
    Linda

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    mime | 5 February 2008 at 11:45 am #

    we welcome you…

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    Ethereal Butterfly | 5 February 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    Ahhhhh exultations! The sorcerer has returned this evening & the magic is exemplary……………..
    How are you doing Linjo & how is your mother ? –( I know she is seriously ill with Leukemia)…. I know you’ve had a bad time lately. Peace Linda. Heather

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    😀 …well.the tale began long ago.cant wait for the next installment sk…peace,love and mung beanz !

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    hahahahaha… , the comment above fascinated me.

    a mocking bird.

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2008 at 1:03 pm #

    uh… i mean, you, Ethereal Butterfly.

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    melissa | 5 February 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    Wow, SK .. I found this evening’s read really very beautiful. Sometimes I’m amazed at what you share with us 🙂 I found this before .. I have a fascination with crows (which is probably kinda odd to most people)

    “Crow is a omen of Change.
    Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time,
    therefore, it sees past, present and future simultaneously.
    Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer.
    It is the totem of the Great Spirit
    and must be respected as such.
    They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength.
    Look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life.
    Crows are messengers calling to us
    about the creation and magic that is alive in the world today
    and available to us.”

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    Ansible Jon | 5 February 2008 at 2:29 pm #

    lovely lovely lovely. i adore the crows and all the corvids.
    proud member of ASCAR (American Society for Crows And Ravens).
    reminds me of the end of a poem i wrote many years ago:

    “the crow and i have much to share:
    each lost for words
    and long for flight.
    he and i want not to go.
    he and i want you to know
    of words whispered in solitude
    then cast into the night.”

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    Brien Comerford | 5 February 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    Hall of fame prose. If Sk’s blog was exclusively about nature, animals and spirituality, he would be incomparable, inimitable and nonpareil. There are probably spelling errors because I have a horrible flu and my brain is unglued. Go away flu!

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    you are lovely brien. i seriously agree with u! yes i do!

    a mocking bird

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    davem | 5 February 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    Alice!!!

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2008 at 11:17 pm #

    evvenly!;)

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    matt davison | 5 February 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    we don’t have crows in NZ but aussy is teaming with them..and yes they are beautiful and facinating criters…even if they do wake me at 6 am with Raaaaaaaaa Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa………Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…rara…..

    mthe d to the g!

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    Anonymous | 6 February 2008 at 1:12 am #

    hahahahahaha

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    Anonymous | 6 February 2008 at 1:13 am #

    so?

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2008 at 1:37 am #

    Matt D’s comments are v. humorous!:D

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    here comes the raven shes coming around | 6 February 2008 at 2:32 am #

    magical
    with shades of cohen
    yet so very
    kilbeyesque.

    tim

  22. avatar
    rain | 6 February 2008 at 2:48 am #

    nice one . 😀 x

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    Brien Comerford | 6 February 2008 at 2:58 am #

    The West Nile virus has decimated the crow population in the greater Chicago metropolitan region. I grievously miss these intelligent creatures. I have witnessed crows drop large nuts in the road and then wait for cars to small the shells. Within seconds the crows would feast on the nuts. Crows are too smart to get hit by cars unless some vicious, sociopathic degenerate kills them with sheer irreverence.

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    Brien Comerford | 6 February 2008 at 3:00 am #

    Cars Smash the shells. Good night.

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    veleska1970 | 6 February 2008 at 3:09 am #

    this makes me think of edgar allen poe’s poem….”quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’ “

    The Raven

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    lily was here | 6 February 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    Matty D, no no, our crows go arrr arrr …its the aussie accent 🙂

    xxx

    I Luv these crow tales Killer, with nary a whisper of Sheryl or Russell


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