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I thought you might like to read something written on Christmas Day a year ago.
Despite recent worries, they are still here and we talk every day. But sadly our beloved tame crows with their funky white wing patches both disappeared on the same day. We can only assume they were killed (needlessly) by a local farmer or some local redneck gunman.
No more do they come a’tappin’ on our window for their breakfast.
Is it all my fault? Did we make them trust too much our ruthless species?
Christmas Ravens, a Conversation
The ravens were aboard their wintry nest
On Christmas morning with no-one about.
Murmuring so softly as in tranquil rest;
A conversation, I had little doubt.
Is that the nest you’ll lay your eggs in
A case of only a few short weeks on?
Seems early to be of such things thinkin’
But summer will see your young fledged and gone.
Till April you’ll reign over all country
Outmastering lowly competition
Who flee and yield beneath your majesty.
A soaring black cross in dominion.
A predator, for sure, cruel to some eyes,
But you scavenge and clean up our mess too.
Is it jet blackness or just your sheer size
Which upsets our civilised point of view?
A world without ravens except in zoos
Would render yet more tame this land of ours;
To some, perhaps, mere incidental news,
Just so long as you strut round London’s tower.
So, today, beneath a high conifer
(With no awareness of our Christmas day)
I listen quietly and hear you confer
But will never understand what you say.
© RM Meyer
Winswell Water, Christmas 2019