We have all lost our loves
and revelled in our misery
while longing for oblivion and release
and the hopeful terror of reliving.
We may have experienced the distraction of birds
tapping at a window or fluttering sootily down a chimney
to enter a room like an uninvited saviour or demon
and worried and fretted as we try to discern
which is witch.
I would like to believe Poe
but can the raven
really call ‘nevermore’.
I have heard many a ‘caw’ from the crows
and ‘jack’ from the jackdaws.
And I have heard many a raven call,
but never a
‘Never say never’ says Poe.
But ‘naw’, say the crows.
‘Cack’, say the jackdaws.