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The Black Crows
by Ronald Dondiego
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Their black wings
Followed me
Night after
Perilous night

Their black wings
Followed me
Night after
Perilous night
Was their call
A black mass -
A rattling rasp -
Of brooding thoughts!
They were there
Perched upon
An empty bough
Outside my window
Upon an ash gray tree
As they screamed
Into the night, their terror!
Until there was a deathly silence
In the spring
They had driven
The song birds
The ones that nested
In the maiden
Green hair
Of my window tree
Where the sweet
Leaves of life
Once had hung
In the lofty wisp
Of a springtime breeze
Before they screamed
Into the night of terror
Until there was a deathly silence
Ah, I knew
It was ill

That they should
Be there, ever present
Ugly as sin
With their black
Wings beating
Out a litany of fear!
Shedding tumult
And darkness
Through my life
From the naked
Cursed bough
Of the ash gray tree
Where they screamed
Into the night, their terror!
Until the only thing left me
Was the sound of their deathly silence

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Reviewed by mayra elsherbeiny (Reader) 2/14/2011
Hmmmm... interesting.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/28/2010
Wow, I like this! I have never thought of them this way, what in interesting perspective!
Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe 11/7/2009
Powerful imagery. like the opening chapter of a mystery novel in a poem.
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 5/1/2009
Great poem man! Right up my alley!!
Reviewed by Alexandra Madden 12/21/2008
What a work of art. The imagery is priceless. The word choice couldn't have been better. I need to read more, but I had to comment before hand. I am anxious to read on. I love to write poetry as well, but I am in the beginning stage! I hope you will critique my works so I can improve. (Or atleast tell me that I am wasting my time!) Thank you very much...
Reviewed by Barbara Mercer 6/4/2007
Powerfully written imagery and sound.
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 1/22/2007
Intense powerful poetry~`*
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 2/9/2006
E x c e l l e n t !! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 12/28/2005
Hello Stranger~ So very nice to hear from you again. I'm thrilled to see you're still writing away. I've always enjoyed reading your work. You are such a talent!

Good luck with your new rekindled romance!

Happy New Year!

Reviewed by Theresa Rayman (Reader) 8/2/2005
This is extremely well written with great imagery and language. I like the way the one word lines support the empty, dark theme and the repetiton of "deathly silence" is really effective. Good work!
Take Care-TGR
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/24/2005
I find this symbolically meaningful, Ronald. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 4/10/2005
Powerful so dark and holds so much a truth to so many things in life.
This is a wonderful poem.
I Really love it!!
Reviewed by matthew Hewitt (Reader) 5/9/2004
I thought this was really good, I can see the Poe influence.
Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 11/2/2003
For many peoples, crows have a negative persona, but not for me.
Excellent poem with a very good ending.
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 10/31/2003
I felt as though I were reading my favorite author, Edgar Allen Poe: but, he's one of yours as well. Very well written, Ron. Visit me sometime.

Love in Christ~~
Bonnie Q
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Reviewed by Sandi Schraut 7/11/2003
Ron, I felt this as I too feel unease looking at the ravens outside, almost like they are a forbidding omen... WOW! Sandi
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 6/26/2003
Excellent mood piece, Ron! Oddly enough, I just returned from Berlin where I consider the crows my companions because I watch them every year from my window...their antics are endearing.

Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 6/21/2003
An attention holding poem Ron and some great images.
Reviewed by Vesna 6/15/2003
Excellent!! Now show me what you can do with LIGHT!!!...
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 5/25/2003
Just my style, their black wings scared the shit out of me in a cemetary last year. This is another Hitchcock personification.

JC xoxoxo
Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader) 5/16/2003
Fascinating, dark and macabre! Wonderful imagery! Great stuff!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/4/2003
dark intriguing and very well written
Reviewed by Birdie Houston 5/1/2003
Yes.........yes ! Super very dark : )
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 4/30/2003
Very powerful the Poe-like darkness!
Reviewed by Mari Laureano (Reader) 4/22/2003
ominous personification of those black things that drive us...awesome, as ever...**Mari**
Reviewed by Nickolaus Pacione 4/17/2003
This is one of those I am doing a double take on. Chilling write by far from you, I basically felt the presence of the crows when I was in Maryland.
Reviewed by jude forese 4/16/2003
dark, intriguing and very well written...
Reviewed by Karen James (Reader) 4/12/2003
classical style, a gang of "death" crows, disturbing - I loved it.
Reviewed by Danielle Maree 4/12/2003
Ron are you trying to spook me? :|

Poe would be proud to have written such a great poem as this...ty, Dani
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 4/12/2003
Sounds like you live in North east Baltimore.
Actually the crows are our friends, they're nicer to be around plus they eat a lot of the small pest and some pigeons. It's those flying rat pigeons that get on my nerve. As many black birds as we have around here, you never see them all nested up messing up your house.
Reviewed by anne cunningham 4/12/2003
"a black mass, a rattling rasp of brooding thoughts" poetry, that.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 4/12/2003
Superb horror ! ! !
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