Call of the wild

crowsIt happens at the same time every night — just before dark. One by one, winged black silhouettes begin to move across the sky. All over the city, as if in response to some mysterious signal, they abandon their day-time haunts, rise up and join the exodus. By ones at first, then twos, tens, hundreds….. they head in the same direction — silent, purposeful.

I look out the window of the Skytrain as I head home and catch sight of them, scrawled like graffiti on the pink-streaked sky — a secret code of moving black marks. A message of crows. I feel a thrill, a tug at my edges. As if something in me wants to pass through the hard Skytrain metal and glass, fly out into the night and join them? Or maybe it’s just the satisfaction of knowing they’re out there — beyond the control of city-planning, a mystery, a wildness……

5 Responses to “Call of the wild”

  1. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    As many as 30,000 crows gather at the rookery (roosting site) near Willingdon Ave and Still Creek in Burnaby every night during the winter — or at least they did until the trees were cut down recently to make way for a Costco and a Keg restaurant. Many crows still gather and head in that direction, but they seem confused. I’m not sure where they sleep now….

  2. cynthia nugent Says:

    Hi Jacquie,
    I love your blogsite. It is really entertaining and well-written. Your haiku are beautiful. I thought the one translated into Japanese and then back again was really interesting and cool. Who did the crow art? It is lovely.
    Your fan
    Cynthia

  3. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    Thanks! So good to hear, and I also think the back-translated haiku is cool (“sugoi” or “kakoii” I think they would say in Japan). And I did the crow art. I hope to include more of my art in this blog –if I can find time to make some (and the nerve to show it).

  4. J-P Antonio Says:

    Hello I’m going back again to the start of your blog because my brain goes slow. For various reasons, lately I have been thinking about eyes and trees and eyes in trees and then I thought about this image of yours, crows flying in flock. It came out in a haiku.

    Eyes are everywhere
    Peering through the leaves and branches
    In the rookery

    Thanks for indulging my efforts.

  5. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    I’m thrilled that my blog has inspired you to haiku!

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