An Artist's Quest

Ode to Crow

A page from my Mixed Media Mindfulness journal- using acrylic paint, pencil, crow photos printed on Grafix adhesive transparency- and of course my recent favorite a bit of Colortool spray paint

A page from my Mixed Media Mindfulness journal- using acrylic paint, pencil, crow photos printed on Grafix adhesive transparency- and of course my recent favorite a bit of Colortool spray paint

I came upon a dead crow the other day while walking my dog. At the scene there were no feathers strewn about no sign of a struggle so maybe it was just this crow’s time. I kept thinking about that crow and its kind, about crow life and community, crow work and pleasure. Where I live crows have found a niche, they forage and hunt, they crack walnuts and acorns by dropping them on the road from high up in trees- I’ve seen this myself- clever critters. They heckle and pester the birds of prey like the hawk and owl that live in the trees near by. At dusk they seem to gather together in community in a big oak tree between us and the dairy next door, later they fly off to roost for the night somewhere else, our oak tree seems more like stopping by the pub after work to chat with friends. I don’t really know much about a crows life but I do know that anytime I’m asked what superpower I’d want if I had one I always say flight – and whenever I ponder a next life, if there is a next life to be had, I think please let me be a bird. And not a humming bird (too busy) not a woodpecker (hard headed) I don’t think eagle or even hawk is in my future (too noble) –  although the crow is much maligned, I think a crow would suit me fine- clever and social, a little bit pesky, but interesting and a fine flyer defiantly a fine flyer. So if the universe is listening I wouldn’t mind seeing for myself how to get there as the crow flies!

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10 responses

  1. Anne R. Blanton

    Beautiful words Lisa, and of course art in your mindfulness journal as well- I too am much a lover of birds. Perhaps a dove in my next life- their cooing such a balm. Peace be within you this most gorgeous Autumn day. Anne

    October 2, 2015 at 10:03 am

  2. love this post and your page, Lisa!

    October 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

    • Thanks- If the universe is listening what would you come back as?

      October 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm

  3. Another lovely post!…as usual!Thank you for your inspiration. Crows and Ravens are among my favorite birds…they are amazing. If you are interested, John Marzluff has written at least two books on them; one has wonderful woodcut illustrations and is quite readable for a scientist-written tome.

    October 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm

  4. Bonnie

    Loved today’s post and your reflective, poetic musings along with artful visual journal entry. You might enjoy knowing about “A Bird Black as the Sun” a poetry collection edited by Enid Osborn of Santa Barbara.

    October 2, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    • Such wonderful recommendations from my wonderful readers- Thanks I’ll check it out!

      October 5, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  5. Elliott

    Crows and Ravens have a special place in my heart, I remember as a child on my walk to school a crow had taken to my little sisters blond hair and would swoop down as we past to take a sample for its nesting. Needless to say it was quite freighting for her, she took to an alternate rout, I found it delightful, maybe s little naughty on my part I couldn’t find in me to come to her aid, I watched in wonder

    October 8, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    • Delightful story- your sisters version I bet is a bit different!

      October 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

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