an actual murder (20220415)

not many crows in the woods
ravens, yes, plenty of them
gliding overhead and honking their horns
the big black cadillacs of the sky

usually the crows
stay in town
or the edge of town
where they can grab
unattended lunches
discarded bread
anything edible that isn't nailed down

theses woods are
almost wetland
just a thrown stone's distance
from the sea

it is a surprise to see so many
an actual murder
raising a ruckus
and then we see why
a horned owl perched on
a low branch

they surround him
cawing insults and warnings
and when he flies on silent wings,
they ensure his exit is as noisy
as they can make it