This house is build on the footprint of one
that burnt when all this country burnt.
Oh Crow, we humans were different
before. We were innocent like animals,
waking each morning to sunshine
or no sunshine. The only complication
was the mind playing with its abacus.
Well, we are still simple, sound of body,
but with burnt edges, the mind a chaos
of new growth and charred wood.
But Crow, what we were before, we’re not.
Is that why you surround this new house
with your songs of life? Yours is a dark beauty
but your vision of life springing from death
is as true the magpies’ who melody about love
in the skeleton trees on the ridge.
. . . . . . .
Another crow poem. There may be more from now on because:
Before the fires Ervin fed magpies. We watched generations grow up, witnessed the shifting power structures when a dominant pair died, were entertained and delighted. One year we even raised a baby. We were magpie people.
Since coming home (and it does now feel like home) no magpies come. Crows have taken the space, they come for the meat morsels, they sit on the railings of the deck and drink from the birdbath. So far, and surprisingly, they have not crapped there.
Magpies fly by with indifference.
I don’t understand much, but, for the want of better words, it is like the totem of the land has changed.
We have changed. Perhaps when you traverse the threshold of trauma something essential changes. For some unknown reason it seems apt that crows would be the dark messengers of growth for me at this time.