Scarecrow Replies

 

Scarecrow Replies

 

This talk of destiny and exceptionalism and the incessant
push towards terror inflames my metaphorical innards.
Birds may kill, but they don’t practice genocide and never
erase history’s missteps with published falsities; their songs
remain true. Not so with man. What grows importance is
not what you hold but what another has in his grasp, no matter
how tenuous. I think of water and how some would charge
for the right to drink, or withhold it from those who cannot
pay. And air? Whose breath defines the dollar? Or the fear
that a distant neighbor might receive a benefit that you
neither need nor desire. Crows claim territory but roam
with the season, adapt as necessary. While they may provoke
curses in their wake, their damage is temporary and they
don’t poison for profit. If I could leave my post what station
would I accept? Having shared my days with sky-bound
friends, how could I choose another? They sing and swoop
and cooperate among the winds, taking only what they need.
They neither hoard nor covet. They steal but don’t swindle.
Their wings lift no grudges. Even gravity respects them.

 

 

“Scarecrow Replies” first appeared in MockingHeart Review in May 2018. Thank you to editor Clare Martin for her generosity and many kindnesses.

 

8 thoughts on “Scarecrow Replies

  1. Ah, and you are like the crows, claiming new territory in a new season of your life …
    Guessing your new turf is populated with Scarecrow’s brethren … that you’ll maintain the communication lines yielding voice to this wisdom source.

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  2. To be as adaptable and harmless as a crow is my life’s greatest aspiration. And “If I could leave my post what station / would I accept?” is just so delightful. Also a question I ask myself all too frequently… Hoping for a change of jobs in a near season. Thanks to you and the Scarecrow for your inspiration in the meantime!

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