My Irritations, Aggravations and Inspirations

December 19, 2010 “the anvil and the crow”



“the anvil and the crow”

black crow

with onyx eyes

midnight pools

in midnight skies

watches with his flinty orb

his black beak clicking

to the pounding beat…


tink tink


tink tink

the avian smithy’s piceous hammer

rapping the rhythm

tapping the time

to the paean of my soul

the inescapable gaze

through sooty haze

the curious bird

discerning the meaning

of the syncopated peening

my heart

drawn from forging fire

a white hot glow

in the eye of the crow


atramentous wings

forming it

shaping it

upon Love’s cold anvil


©tlh 12/19/10

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10 responses

  1. Love this!

    December 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm

  2. Would love to hear you read this, Tracy!

    December 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    • Thanks, Cindy 🙂 I have added my voice…hope you enjoy 🙂

      December 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm

      • Thank you so much, it is beautiful.

        December 20, 2010 at 3:30 am

  3. Have you been hanging out in my backyard? 😉

    I love this, Tracy. Watching the crows strutting about the yard, all filled with attitude, glaring at me with that eye, I relate.

    December 19, 2010 at 7:21 am

  4. Love how the structure of the poem mimic the sounds…wonderful imagery in this one Tracy.

    December 19, 2010 at 8:56 am

  5. Wonderful imagery! It was lyrical and your wordplay phenomenal, Webster is my friend for this one. A whole new look on crows.

    Well done…D.

    December 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm

  6. Jingle

    awesome piece..

    Here is the end of the year awards 4 you, enjoy!

    End of The Year Awards 4 Friends of Jingle or Jingle Poetry Community

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    At this time of the year, We wish you all the best !

    December 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

  7. Chloe

    This poem is simply fantastic. I also listened to your reading of it and LOVED it!! I am in awe!

    December 26, 2010 at 3:46 am

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