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Friday, 23 September 2011

Who is The Cleverest Crow of Them All?

Mirror mirror on the wall
who is the cleverest crow
of them all, Caledonian crows?
The elite group of species, who
can use twigs to fish insects
out of holes and crevices,
whittle branches into hooks
tear leaves into barbed probes,
are innovative problem solvers,
blithely elegant,in pure dark robes?

Said the rook to the mirror
'the latest research makes me shiver,
people will not consider us thirsty,
hungry, capable or free, since its
proven, we were never fools.
The corvid family, ravens, rooks,
magpies, jackdaws and jays, were
cautious, cooperative, concerned
and cool, tis no argument as scientists
say, and I just read the news on BBC, that
'clever crows can use three tools'

Mirror mirror, now what's your suggestion?
The crisis deepens, descending to recession.
Should it be a round table conference,
summit or a mediation, or a call for a corvid
crow collection? Beware for they can locate
hidden secrets in succession, and solve
serious problems from reflective reflections.

With so much warfare and so many dead
No one knows where Ghaddafi has fled.
Tis worthwhile that research has led
to the discovery of problem solvers pool,
a mixture of brown, grey and black,
if humans and animals have failed,
lets call the corvid crows, to use
the tools to make peace instead.

© Anjum Wasim Dar

Crows use mirrors to find food
Anjum Wasim Dar was born in Srinagar Kashmir. A refugee migrant to Pakistan, she was
educated at St Annes Convent Rawalpindi. She is a published and award winning poet.


  1. If only they could!

    Clever crows, not clever us.

    Anna :o]

  2. HyperCRYPTICal Thank you for sharing your views

  3. Over the years I have observed that Humans seemed to be programmed for genocide, meaning we devalue people of other races/colour/religion and are not all that concerned when we hear of their demise.
    However, there is a strand of DNA in humans that recognises our common humanity.
    However again, almost without exception, leaders of nations, religions and racial groups see advantage in demonising 'the other'.
    So, it important that you do what you do and appeal for peace as a better option. after all, with tools of war now potent enough to end life as we know it for the whole planet, there is no room for narrow nationalism and bigotry.
    Well done!

  4. Clever and thorough - "reflective reflections" indeed. How can we use the tool of our mind with a heart full of light to help us do what is right?