Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 194,030 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

A Murder! .......(Of Crows) - Poem by Kelly Kurt

The crows gathered today
Not all in one spot, mind you
Six or seven in the large elm at the end of the block
Another group, right above me in the oak
Several unseen covens dotted in earshot
All the while being circled by more
The loud cries of this murder
Made the rounds like a drinking song
Restless, after a verse or three
Exchanging positions
Large, black calligraphic musical notes
Shifting the cadence, annotating the sky and branches
When their summit concluded
They were gone
Leaving silence in their wake

Topic(s) of this poem: birds, life, nature


Comments about A Murder! .......(Of Crows) by Kelly Kurt

  • Pamela Sinicrope (10/27/2015 3:19:00 PM)


    For the 'realistic' and 'austere' poet, this poem contains some beautiful and expressive imagery about crows! I think you've studied them about as closely as the back of your hand. Also, you threw in some unknown vocabulary...I was puzzled by your sentence, a murder of crows, ' which precluded me from commenting until now. I had to look that up. I didn't know that it was a collective noun for a group of crows...but the more known use of the word almost works here too and so it adds to the mood of the poem. The day you wrote this poem, the crows arrived at my house too. We have a huge elm tree in the side yard that is visible from a large bay window in my kitchen where I write. They were on every branch and flying in from every direction...loudly...Crows are fascinating and highly intelligent animals. I enjoy watching them and took many photos. I think over time, this will be one of your best poems, and on the 'face value' level, it is happening in real time. Kind of fun. Thanks for sharing this great descriptive study of group behavior! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (10/27/2015 3:28:00 PM)

    You are too kind, Pamela. Thanks. It stuns me that happenings like this are almost completely ignored by most people. I was mesmerized and although I have experienced crows gathering many times, it was a new experience and thoroughly captivating.

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/24/2015 4:20:00 AM)


    They were gone
    Leaving silence in their wake...wonderful sharing with birds and life theme.
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (10/24/2015 5:03:00 PM)

    Thanksmyfriend

  • (10/24/2015 3:26:00 AM)


    When they leave there is a deafening silence
    Thanks Kelly-10
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (10/24/2015 5:03:00 PM)

    They are loud by themselves, but a large gathering is almost earsplitting.

  • Valsa George (10/23/2015 11:19:00 PM)


    Typical of the crow behaviour! The collective noun 'murder' cannot be more apt for any other birds or animals! 'When their summit concluded, they were gone and left silence in their wake.....! Interesting description! Enjoyed the poem! . (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (10/23/2015 11:45:00 PM)

    Their call is louder than any other animal here (except for cicadas) When they flew off, it was silent.: -) Thanks, Valsa

  • Edmund Strolis (10/23/2015 2:03:00 PM)


    They do get restless don't they. This devilish composition that they make as you so perfectly noted is open to interpretation. They sound like the black wing of an asylum that has been set ablaze. Captured perfectly! (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (10/23/2015 3:58:00 PM)

    Thanks, Edmund. As the trees become leafless, they are more conspicuous. This adds to the experience

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/23/2015 1:50:00 PM)


    Superb! ! ! Crows are real noisy with their kaw kaw everywhere and everytime and I doubt whether they ever listen to each other? Great imagery, Sir. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (10/23/2015 3:55:00 PM)

    Thanks, Mohammed. They seem to come and go here. I have heard that they are intelligent. Their 'caws' are a bit eerie.: -)

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 23, 2015



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