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"Crows in a Snow Storm" - Charles E. Watts


Two crows in a snow storm
Symbolize nothing
Black against the grey sky
The white air

They speak in telegraph codes
A long and three short caws
Before one flees from the white pine
To a cat piss spruce

One goes, and one stays
One flies into the forest
Three more fly onto the spruce
Bounce the branch

Like kids on a backyard
Trampoline, all flap and
Falderal in the crystal cold
North Country vapor

One says I like my life
So far, I am interesting
And you two have only
Gathered grubs and seeds

And are as boring as
The wind. Go away.
They glide to a nearby
Poplar and curse

The arrogance
Of some birds