Crow was first published in 2008 in my collection Genteel Messages (now out of print).
Crow flew just once
in a straight line
the hooded one
living in my garden
straight as a shoulder-fired missile
brought down the escaping harrier
seen circling Crow-Empire
rammed it side-on
knocked it spinning out of the blue
the red bird fell tumbling to earth
and out of sight.
For entertainment Crow plays with the wind
Crow soars and tumbles
circles and zigzags
Crow dives and darts
like a scrap of windblown blackbag liner
in spite of all that straight as the crow flies propaganda ______________________
but today's the long grey day
when echoing silence reigns
so Crow won't fly this day
he'll simply sit in his tree
with his silver eyes blinking.