4.20.2017

Take It or Leave It

It’s the nature of ultimatums.
If this, then that
or if not this, then another thing
determined by the issuer,
nothing else after.
Pondering this, I notice
now there is a crow
on the rosebush outside my kitchen window
that ordinarily hosts a circus of sparrows.
The sparrows have been gone all year.
I wonder
if the crow issued an ultimatum.
My way or the highway, stupid sparrows.
Maybe I am meant to take this occupation
as a sign. The crow prophesizes--
this will not end well.

NaPoWriMo Day 20! 
For Fireblossom’s prompt in the Imaginary Garden: CORVID AND SIT A WHILE

14 comments:

  1. Love the idea of crows issuing an ultimatum!

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  2. Yes, I also love the crow ultimatum. Crow prophesy...uh oh

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  3. Oh wow a crow prophesy! Love this, Marian ❤️

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  4. Like the ultimatum, Mariam. Sounds like part of a contract. Leave, don't come back, and we'll pay. Mrs. Jim and I were walking the other day and came onto a leafless tree full of birds. They were all grackles except for one little dove sitting lower. I came closer to get a better picture, the birds left, all but the dove. After the others had gone the little bird hopped up to the top.
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    1. What a gorgeous story, Jim. There must be some kind of moral there. :)

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  5. A crow prophecy is portentous. Loved this poem.

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  6. It may well be the crow is offering a glimpse into his/her world...but you need not follow ;)

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  7. Oh, I like this. Bossy crows.

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  8. A crow after my own heart, and a fortune teller to boot.

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  9. Ha! Watch out! Very vivid. Thanks, Marian. k.

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  10. spooky sparrow hunters, they are ~

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  11. Sounds like we're in for murder most fowl. (Sorry!)

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  12. Excellent observations! Your poem is so well paced and leads the reader through a series of scenes, leaving one with much to ponder.

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