The crowsFour of them have been cawingfor days now. I don't knowwhy the word is 'cawing',because they craah.I've never heard a crow do anything other than craah -on different pitches,at different lengthsand alternating tempos;but 'caw' is a human invention that can be dropped, when it comes to crows.All that is neither here nor there, really. Butthe pied crows and their craahshave been dominatingair space as well asair waves.I tell my mother on the phonethat they remind me of her(she's forever complainingabout her croaky voice)and she bursts out laughingand says, "Please greet the crowsfrom me."Well, they sit on the roof,grooming themselves- I notice they are very curiousabout each other's underwings -
and they poop generously,
rudely onto the tiles
from their vantageon the wifi dish.It's two big, shaggy onesand two sleek, younger-looking ones -are they a family,invading this suburbof sunbirds, white-eyes, weavers, mousebirds,hoopoes, robins, thrushes, bulbuls, gulls,sacred ibis, hadidah, flycatchers, wagtails,
nightjars, herons, plovers, doves,
gymnogene and guinea fowl?
Or are they rival pairs- ragged oldies against a shiny new generation -craahing, gliding, hopping, hooping,hoping to talk things through?One of them doesfly a close hoop overthe older-looking pair,who turn their necks up with interest,but do not jump.Their expressive beaksand measuring eyes,their confident shouldersand charming white bibs,leave a person guessing.Since I've beeen writing this,they are totallyquiet.- Silke Heiss, 5th December 2020
Crow is the totem animal of Sacred Law
"If you look deeply into Crow's eye, you will have found the gateway to the supernatural. Crow knows the unknowable mysteries of creation and is the keeper of all sacred law."
"The law which states that 'all things are born of women' is signified by Crow."
"Human law is not the same as Sacred Law. More so than any other medicine, Crow sees that the physical world and even the spiritual world, as humanity interprets them, are an illusion. There are billions of worlds. There is an infinitude of creatures. Great Spirit is within all."
- from 'Medicine Cards' by Jamie Sams and David Carson, New York: St Martin's Press, 1988, 1999.
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