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Punched in the Face by a Crow’s Perplexity
by Catfish McDaris

A bit of dirty snow, melted.
A giant crow watched me
from a telephone line that
marked the sky with talk.

When the bird took flight,
its wings were black blue.

I asked, “How can the earth
be healed?”

It replied, “The earth is
fine, it is humanity that is ill.”

PAINTING: Crow on Snowy Branch by Ohara Koson (1877-1945).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I wrote this poem while thinking about the sad times we live in. All that needs to be done for our children and all the creatures of the Earth. I watched a crow looking at back at me through the snowy November air.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catfish McDaris won the Thelonius Monk Award in 2015. His 30 years of published material is in the Special Archives Collection at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Catfish is from Albuquerque and Milwaukee.