Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Crow Goes Viral

Every morning the news is grim
in a way that somehow strikes home:
an accountant slays his wife and child,
before turning the gun on himself;
a young man gasps and sinks to his knees
as his knife wound blooms like a rose;
a music teacher hangs himself
and no one quite knows why.

But if the world is truly mad,
dear Crow, we need it more,
your moment of discovery,
your shaft of simple joy.
A crow at play is nothing much,
and yet you make us smile:
if only we could be like you,
at ease beneath our sun.

©  Abigail Wyatt

Clever bird toboggans down snowy rooftop
Abigail lives near Carn Brea, Cornwall. She writes poetry and short fiction. Her collection, 'Old Soldiers, Old Bones and Other Stories' , will be published by One Million Stories early in 2012.