Friday, June 16, 2006

"Crow and Crane" by Keith Harvey

Crow and Crane

As she lay
on her side
on ferns
full of him
she watched a crane
through the shallows
at the river’s edge
snap a frog in two
with its beak
and swallow
with a forward thrust.
She closed her eyes
and saw crows
fly in parallel
a mating ritual,
a preamble
to the crane’s feast,
and she praised the crows
for their instruction
and worshipped
the whiteness
of the crane’s wing.

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