Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Rob MacKillop, Mar 21, 2021.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    “Black was the without eye
    Black the within tongue
    Black was the heart
    Black the liver, black the lungs
    Unable to suck in light
    Black the blood in its loud tunnel
    Black the bowels packed in furnace
    Black too the muscles
    Striving to pull out into the light
    Black the nerves, black the brain
    With its tombed visions
    Black also the soul, the huge stammer
    Of the cry that, swelling, could not
    Pronounce its sun.”

    ― Ted Hughes, Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow




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    This crow instantly reminded me of Ted Hughes' magnificent if difficult poem. We walk by the crows rookery (last image) most days. There is nothing like the cragged squawk of a crow protecting its nest, cutting the air like a black knife.

    Q2M and yellow filter.
  2. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Excellent stuff, Rob and nice idea to set the poem against the images. Strangely today my Amazon recommendation was the collected works of Ted Hughes!

    I think my favourite of the set is the second. It looks more of a guardian of the path in that.
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  3. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Yes, it does, I agree. But with the first I was imagining you (dear reader) scrolling down the page, then seeing the crow. I like the trees in the first too. But, yes, definitely more on guard in the second.
  4. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Yes, it works well in that way. I enjoyed re-reading the poem too.
  5. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    A fine set, that go with the poem very well. The way the crow perches amongst the wonderful tangle of branches reminds me of a spider in its web.
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  6. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Indeed! Good analogy. He's in his domain, while I wasn't in mine. But I don't want to be called out for being sexist: it might be a she, or even a they.

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