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lenten journey – fifteen
March 28, 2012, 12:36 pm
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The pilgrimage through life can take us through some very difficult places.  It is important to face these with honesty, truth and love.  Here is a poem from Ted Hughes.  While I don’t agree with his conclusion, he faces things and this journey is of absolute importance.

Crow’s Theology

Crow realized God loved him-
Otherwise, he would have dropped dead.
So that was proved.
Crow reclined, marvelling, on his heart-beat.

And he realized that God spoke Crow-
Just existing was His revelation.

But what Loved the stones and spoke stone?
They seemed to exist too.
And what spoke that strange silence
After his clamour of caws faded?

And what loved the shot-pellets
That dribbled from those strung-up mummifying crows?
What spoke the silence of lead?

Crow realized there were two Gods-

One of them much bigger than the other
Loving his enemies
And having all the weapons.


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I love Ted Hughes, but have always found ‘Crow’ his most challenging work. Crows are very intelligent birds — and, mythologically speaking, tricksters. The two qualities seem to go together here.

Comment by The Solitary Walker

I read somewhere recently that Hughes found ‘Crow’ his masterpiece.

On a slightly different corvidian note, do you know Mark Cocker’s ‘Crow Country’? All about rooks – utterly beautiful

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