The Cat and the Crow
By Eugene C. Bianchi
Blue eyes in chocolate face squint at the door
ears forward rump raised
with a swift fix
on my full hands fumbling the knob,
he grasps the sweet moment,
and lunges to freedom but not too much
as he hunkers under Volvo or cryptomeria
mindful of hawk, owl maybe crow,
no place in the open for a Siamese without claws.
Back for the monumental purring on my chest
during Netflix “Max at the Movies”
not far from water food litter
to sniff and mark the known world,
the feisty curmudgeon loves me.
Crows prance the morning driveway
squawking their daily agenda
not threatened by me or the New York Times.
No need to divebomb my white hair
or my feline in silly harness.
Suddenly they soar fullthroated from the oaks
to see the big picture of
life tumbling along the river,
then down again to sandbank for morning prayer and
They wink each other for takeoff,
up and up a proud squadron
ready to swoop and flap over the barricades,
black messiahs to save the earth.
Eugene Bianchi is a retired professor of Religion at Emory University.
This poem was published in Bianchi’s second book of poetry, Ear to the Ground: Poems from the Long View, Parson’s Porch Books, 2014, p. 34. For more of his poetry, including the book of poems, Chewing Down My Barn, and his aging blog, see his website, http://bianchibooks.com.