Theodore Roethke / Night Crow

Night Crow

When I saw that clumsy crow
Flap from a wasted tree,
A shape in the mind rose up:
Over the gulfs of dream
Flew a  tremendous bird
Further and further away
Into a moonless black,
Deep in the brain, far back.

Theodore Roethke

  1. Cool poem, thank you. I quoted it with a link to this page yesterday in a post about crows in my blog about Japanese culture and martial arts. The post was translated into Spanish and German. The addresses are:

    http://www.aikiweb.com/blogs/moon-in-the-water-19051/crow-4294/

    http://entrenandoaikido.blogspot.com/2011/09/cuervo.html

    http://wirtrainierenaikido.blogspot.com/2011/09/krahe.html

    Thanks. Regards, Niall

    • Hello, Niall. I enjoyed your post on crows. They are endlessly fascinating experiences for me. (The original Zatoichi films have been highly recommended by a dear friend so I intend to see them one day.) I also admired your poem, “moon on the water.” Thanks for visiting and commenting. Very glad to be aware of AikiWeb. I’ll visit often! ~ Donna

  2. Hi Donna. Thank you very much for the nice comment. I’m putting a poem of the week on my blog as well as a post about aikido and Japanese culture.

    http://mooninthewater.net/poemoftheweek/2011/12/22/je-est-un-autre-by-lawrence-durrell/

    Regards, Niall

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