Crow Art


It is an un-contestable truth

that crows are the greatest artists

of this whole wide world

creating art from nothing


But I acknowledge

that this assertion

may be arguable

to some I presume.


But what do they know?

From early dawn

unseen by the waking world

crows create sculptures

and ready-mades

from all they find.


Corvids invented


before humans

claimed it their own.


Jackdaws and Jays

with their cool

grey blue eyes

masters of this work

re-arrange leaves

effortlessly, so easily

into intricate patterns

of choice and design


In which Rooks

judging with their beaks

exercise an exquisite

taste for blunt humour


Ravens however remain

aloof in their rule

completing aerial feats

loop the loops and

arabesques in displays

of deep disdain.


Without corvids design

the constant effort to re-arrange

it would look as if

nothing had changed.


That old fiend Duchamp

would have appreciated

the crows efforts to lay

everything bare

if he himself had not

lost his wit

from endlessly

taking the piss.


Poe would of course

laugh rapturously

from the shallow

darkness of his pit.


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