Crows, Reckoning

The crow remembers your face

Crows, Reckoning

A crow remembers who crowded it out of the trash can,
who cast at it sticks and rocks and rockets fashioned from bottles.
Long after you have forgotten, the crow remembers your face,
the space between your eyes, the rise of your cheek,
your beakless maw, and with caw both credo and cri de coeur,
the crow causes you to recall that gardens are, by their nature,
not nature, but the cult of cranium over creation,
a human rebuke cloaked in clover and cockscomb and crocus.
A crow says, If a garden is not god-wrung, then who
seeded the Garden of Eden, crux of the human cradle,
till ceded by Adam and even then who, do you suppose,
forespoke the stain of Cain if not a crow, or a murder
of crows.
Jessica Goodfellow

MM Goodfellow



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Poem ©2013 Jessica Goodfellow, all rights reserved. Used by permission of the author and publishers diode and Mayapple Press. Film ©2015 Motionpoems, Inc., all rights reserved.