Monday, August 07, 2006

Funeral of a Crow

A crow’s black corpse
On an otherwise pristine road pavement
Threw me off my leisure track

With furtive steps I neared the crumpled body
And saw it had been savagely torn apart
Coal-bead eyes dully staring into the sky’s expanse as if wishing
It could find refuge in the wind even as it’s life flickered and was violently stilled

The coils of pink guts made bright trailing patterns
On the grey-white canvas of pavement
Soon enough other crows would come to claim the body
Beaks pecking listlessly into eyes,
Beaks pecking solemnly into guts and wings;
To take into the body
What used to be brother, and absorb into self


Blogger Plus Ultra said...

I read most of the poets in Singapore,Robert Yeo is a friend. Robert, Kirpal Singh and myself read poetry in Kluang and Johore Bahru. Aaron Lee is the son of my class-mate, Gek Kiagh and Aaron and myself were winners at the same poetry competition years ago...but I have never heard of you, but if what I see is what you are capable of, you should have published more than most of them put together!Wow, Medusa, why be a slave to some job, be a full time poet and impact the whole world, and you look so young (20s), in another few years you will be a poet of international standing...this is no tripod, lady!Go for it....I really mean it with all my heart and soul! Yes, back to this poem, so typical of man eat man, big fish eat ikan bilis,,, etc etc, I remember writing something in the same vein many years ago, when I was in Form 2 (sec 2)....really enjoy this!

7:38 AM  
Blogger Medusa aka expiringpoet said...

Kian Seng, thanks for your vote of confidence but I'm still far from confident in my writing ability, much less try to get my poems published :)
Which is why I started my blogs, to get to know more able and gifted poets who are so generous with giving me guidance and encouragement. People like yourself, Liz, dsnake, Pat and Floots - make me glad I've joined this amazing internet community of writers :)
Perhaps one day someone will want to publish my works..heheh!!!

PS: tks for letting me know about the other poets, I'll make sure to read up on their works!!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

Waiting for your next post, I have recommended this blog to a poet in Johore

4:15 PM  
Blogger camera shy said...


i love this piece
the pace
was perfect

the images
the pink the dark
the contrast

nice work

8:51 PM  
Blogger Danny Sillada said...

This poem is so powerful with metaphorical imagery, a satirical take on what is happening in Labanon and other war-torn countries.

The title itself is poignantly intriguing.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

You must have found a job if your activity here is anything to go by

1:11 AM  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

It is too long....Still waiting for a new poem, even a short one will do, I guess it is your work, what do you work as now if I may ask..

4:12 PM  
Blogger Medusa aka expiringpoet said...

Dear Plus,
Apologies for my very late reply...yes, I have started my new job in a foreign language centre. It's an Admin cum Finance Manager position. It's always a steep learning curve at the start which explains why I've been behind in my blog postings and visiting friends' blogs
Hope to visit you again very soon my friend. In the meantime, pls continue to write your wonderfully inspiring pieces ya? :)

6:25 AM  
Blogger Medusa aka expiringpoet said...

Dear Camera Shy,
Is your camera shy or are you? :) I love your comment on my work..hehe!!! Muchos gracias!

Thank you my dear!

6:27 AM  

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