Just so common

The common crow

Cawing crow-chorus announces the morn
sitting in my balcony, the one eyed crow, greets the dawn

neither a murderer nor treacherous
but very inquisitive and raucous

it scolds pigeons eyeing its favourite perch
calumnious criticism it cares not for much

oblivious to long told ludicrous lores
eats carrion, leaving eyes*, as flesh it scores.

*(O Raven, you have searched my skeleton, and eaten all my flesh. But please do not touch these eyes as I hope to behold my Beloved.)

The above is a very famous couplet by Baba Farid.

Written for dVerse poetics. Today’s host, Ingrid says : For this week’s Poetics, I would like you to choose a member of the corvid family, and (taking inspiration from the examples above if you wish) write a poem (or even a song) about it.

I have written corvid poems earlier too. You can read one of those here.


66 thoughts on “Just so common

  1. Love the use os the rhree eyed one and baba Farid ‘s couplet.
    Kaga kharag dhandolaya
    Sagla khaya maas
    Eh do naina mat chhohe
    Phir dekhan dee aas
    (Apologies to those who dont understand punjabi)

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  2. I am intrigued by crows. They are highly intelligent and I often stop to gaze upon them on my walks. They like to perch high on the treetops to survey the landscape and that caw just seems to echo.

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  3. Stellar writing here, Punam! I especially resonate with; “it scolds pigeons eyeing its favourite perch
    calumnious criticism it cares not for much.”❤️❤️

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  4. Putting in a good word for the much-maligned crow – love your couplets Punam.

    (Baba Farid is a new name to me – I see he had a huge impact on Punjabi literature. Lines that survive centuries hold such profundity.)

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