The Fateful Goodbye of the Black Crows

black birds on tomb stones
Photo by Ellie Burgin on

A life has been taken

And it shouldn’t have been

We are waiting for grace

To wash away this grave sin

The sun is still rising

To present a new day

Yet the emptiness lingers

The memories will not fade

Oh! why hadn’t Providence

Let us escape from this place

Had he not seen our troubles

Throughout time and thru space

Our fortunes degraded

As our spirits debased

As I looked out the window

And wondered?

What could have been?

Tears filled my eyes

At the thoughts of our sin

What will it portend?

For our dear departed friend

Just then it so happened

A murder of crows filled the air

They flew all together

Making acrobatic moves tinged with bombastic flair

At once they moved in unison

And perched stealthily on a tree

There followed deathly silence

Then a stirring of the breeze

After a bit

One started to caw

Then another one started

Then more

And then more!

My puzzlement grew

At this concerted show the crows were putting on

Then suddenly they flew away

In an instant

They were gone!

At the bottom of the tree

A faint figure caught my eye

A dead crow!

Don’t you know!

I let out a startled cry!

His inky black quilled feathers stilled

Lightly blowing in the wind

I realized just then

It had been a ceremony

For their silky black flying brethren

With a solemn prayer to the heavens

And a nod to the cloudless sky

I thanked the crows

For who knows?

Without their help

I suppose

I couldn’t have ever endeavored

To wish my beloved

A fateful goodbye



Published by The Appeal to Safety LLC

I am the owner of The Appeal To Safety. The Appeal to Safety is a Construction Safety Management/ Safety Consulting business. We provide Site Safety Managers/ Site Safety Coordinators/ Concrete Safety Managers/ Construction Site Fire Safety Managers for prospective NYC Construction companies that are well-versed in NYC Dept. of Buildings, FDNY, CDC, DOT and other relevant government agency codes and regulations/ safety standards. We also can provide EHS Construction Safety Managers for Heavy Civil Construction projects based in New York City and vicinity. We have a vast database of Licensed Safety Managers that we utilize to find Outstanding Safety Manager Candidates for our clients. Please contact for any and all of your Construction Safety needs! Together we will make The Appeal to Safety! Enjoy my original poetry with curated music videos! Have a great day!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: