Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Corvid Whimsey



All in black
With feathers lustrous
So misaligned
By those oblivious


A reputation justly unearned
As death’s messenger
Courier of bad tidings
Omen unwelcome


Discover
Intelligent bright eyes
One life mate
Simple being

Companionable flock
An unkindness of ravens?
A murder of crows?
Ignorantly, unmindfully called

Curious, inquisitive
Hecklers with raucous cries
Superb at maneuvers
Masters of flight

Most perfect of corvids
Whimsical creatures
Emissaries of joy
And delight

Terry Duff

35 comments:

Trée said...

Terry, written from heart and scribe by the fingers on a keyboard. Now that's love! Beautiful.

"Emissaries of joy
And delight"

A wonderful turn of phrase! Good stuff Terry. :-)

Crazy Me said...

Very nice.

mergrl said...

very very nice Terry (hugs)

Lindsey said...

Lovely poem!!!

Agnes Mitchell said...

Terry, that is an incredible poem. Insightful and enlightening.
So beautifully worded.
You do have a gift.

I'll be back this afternoon to catch up on all that I'm missing here.

Thank you again for your visits to my world. Your words always seem to have a deeper meaning and offer up straw of hope to grasp tightly.
Much love to you.

Autumn Storm said...

ohmygosh, this is just wonderful, Terry! Brilliant, I would have to add too.

tsduff said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I don't write much anymore, especially poetry. But the mood struck so I went with it. Besides, all of you are so creative and talented, you inspired (prodded) me to lift the pen. Things not used get rusty. You guys are so nice to come by.

Autumn Storm said...

Not that you've jumped back in the saddle, so to speak, we'll be expecting to be delighted often!

tsduff said...

oh no - pressure! I have been harboring a secret desire for many years - and I've been trying to take the plunge to take a class. Registration is on Thursday (tomorrow). I've always loved ceramics, both sculpture and the wheel, and dabbled in it during high school but never pursued it later. Now, I have a fear. I think I will look stupid. Hell, I know it shouldn't matter, I just wish I could practice it in secret and see if there is anything creative there. Silly situation, but I'm having trouble getting past it. "Oh look at Grandma playing with clay!" I'm embarrassed about my fear. Seriously, I think I'm too old for this.

Autumn Storm said...

Age has nothing to do with trying new things or exploring new hobbies.
You must go register tomorrow!
Understand the fear though, but you just have to push it to the back of your mind and just do it.
I doubt you'll regret it.
Best of luck, you must take pictures of your work and post it here, so we can see.
Anyone who can write like you do has a artist's soul, I'd be willing to bet you'll knock out something wonderful, and even if you don't, you'd have done something you've always wanted to do and hopefully had a lot of fun in the process.
Hugs,
and goodnight, off to bed soon, x

tsduff said...

:-) Thanks Autumn. Your encouragement gives me determination.

Nighty night.

Autumn Storm said...

xxx
(still here - oh, and left you a msg at trace's)

tsduff said...

Sorry about the headache - hmmmm, brandy in small, measured quantities has been known to help (measuring cup not being a tumbler). I'm off to Tracey's.

Autumn Storm said...

For headaches?! never ever heard that before, one would think alcohol would worsen it, esp. since I very, very rarely drink, a sip of brandy and I'd be legless lol

tsduff said...

LOL, legless! Ha ha. The thought is that a small amount will relax and ease tension, thus making the headache vanish. It is nice in a coffee too.

tsduff said...

However, "legless" is a step closer to sleep :-D

Jeanne said...

We bought a used potter's wheel a few months ago, since I haven't done any pottery for 20 years either. I'm 46, but I must say I stopped believing in aging long ago. I don't feel any different, just have seen alot more and formed new insights. We have to rebuild our shed to make a studio, and I don't know when that's going to happen, but I'm one step closer anyway.

Are those ravens, specifically? It's been so long since I've seen black crows. Here, the crows are grey hooded.

tsduff said...

Jeanne,

I love hearing about the used potter's wheel. There's hope for me yet! I'm still a nose under 50; LOL, how did that even happen? I don't really feel any different either :-D

I've pictured both American Crows and Ravens here... Crows are smaller and have a wedge shaped tail whereas Ravens have a diamond shaped tail and a lovely roman "nose". Perhaps you have rooks where you live. I've never seen a grey hooded crow.

Http://www.earthlife.net/birds/crows.html#cr

mergrl said...

Oh Terry I think that sounds like a fab idea :0) you so need to sign up for that class!

just think you could get a wheel and some clay at home and have your own little Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze scene from "Ghost" with your sweetie....ooh la la LOL

tsduff said...

Don't laugh Tracey! Last time he was in Florida, I watched Ghost alone, and when that scene came on... well, I was a goner in dreams... :-D

mergrl said...

well then now is your chance to live the fantasy :0) if thats not reason enough to sign up for the class I don't know what is

Autumn Storm said...

Absolutely, forget all the other good reasons, this one is more than enough :-D

tsduff said...

Okay - so it's done. I'll be playing with clay every Wednesday night from January to March. We shall see what masterpieces lurk within this bird woman yet.

Autumn Storm said...

Yey! Good on you - look forward to seeing some of your creations, x

tsduff said...

You inspired me as well Autumn, by posting your own paintings for us to admire. Remember though, I'm a beginner so hope you are prepared to see a coil construction bowl first off, LOL. I'm actually beginning to look forward to this!

mergrl said...

woo hoo good for you Terry! it is gonna be a blast and I can't wait to hear all about it :0)

Autumn Storm said...

:-)
Was (sorry for the lang.) crapping myself each time, but forced myself and you guys have been so nice and encouraging, its now one of my favourite hobbies.
So glad you are excited,
and practise makes perfect! In no time at all, I'll wager you will be knocking out masterpieces and thrilling us no end.
Hugs for facing your fears :-)

tsduff said...

Well, don't hold your breath. Haven't really finished facing the fear yet, LOL! Just wait until after my first class when I can begin to breathe a little bit again.

thrilling us no end ha ha surely you jest! :-D

Autumn Storm said...

Nope, bona fide prediction :o)

mergrl said...

morning Ms. Terry :0)

hope you have a great morning, no snow here yet, meeting is boring (and in the computer lab can you tell LOL) and I'm sleepy (gee I wonder why) LOL

big day to register for that class, don't chicken out or I will get Autumn and we will be forced to come and get you and make you go :0)

take care my friend and I will see you later :0)

Jeanne said...

We have rooks near here, and a good number of ravens right here. The hooded crows are grey with black wings and hoods. Then we have a smaller corvid called Kaja, which isgreyish black with a grey head.

Keshi said...

I dun like crows..they scare me lol...especially magpies...

Quite a profound write-up...

Keshi.

tsduff said...

Jeanne, your rooks, ravens and crows sound cool - I'd love to see them. I would especially like to see the Kaja - which I've never heard of before. Perhaps it is like a blue jay in size? I love them all :-D

tsduff said...

Hi Keshi -
LOL you don't like magpies? You just don't know them :-D Do you brown or yellow billed magpies in Australia? Thanks for dropping by - have a great day.

Jeanne said...

Kaja is Jackdaw, I've found out. Here:
http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/jackdaw.htm

Our Hooded Crow:
http://www.arthurgrosset.com/europebirds/hoodedcrow.html