d’Verse Poetics Prompt- Confidence Is A Crow

The challenge is to write a poem in the first person that compares some trait of ours with something animal. It should not be a whale, but another creature (mammal, fish, bird, insect, etc.) with which we have something in common. The title should be the animal thing, in the same way Marjorie Saiser chose ‘The Print the Whales Make’.

Call me what you wish,
I sing for no one.
Melodies?
Banal ; Humdrum.
You’ll note once I complain
Ruffling feathers and casting doubts,
Then I’ll disappear.
You’re left to study the remains.
My cleverness needs no color.
Primed and proud,
I’m purposefully fearless.
Notice, as I notice you.
A shadow with a sharp eye,
Unashamed to fly,
Confident enough to walk.
Call me what you wish,
I sing for no one.


Poetics: The Print the Whales Make | dVerse (dversepoets.com)

24 thoughts on “d’Verse Poetics Prompt- Confidence Is A Crow

  1. lifelessons 04/13/2021 / 9:10 pm

    You aced this prompt. I’d know that crow anywhere!!!

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/14/2021 / 6:45 am

      I wasn’t sure I was successful but that’s where it took me. Appreciate your comment!

  2. Tricia Sankey 04/13/2021 / 10:08 pm

    That bird does have some attitude! I like the line, “My cleverness needs no color.” Yep, the crow is not our play thing to sing or look pretty! 😆

  3. ben Alexander 04/14/2021 / 3:43 am

    Susan – that last line is very clever!

    I sing for no one.

    Well done 🙂

    -David

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/14/2021 / 6:49 am

      Thank you, David. I appreciate that. That’s my favorite line.

  4. Ingrid 04/14/2021 / 4:46 am

    I love the aloofness and independence of the crow expressed here, Susan.

  5. kim881 04/14/2021 / 5:01 am

    I have an affinity with corvids, magpies and crows in particular, and your poem really appeals to me, Susan. I love the attitude you’ve captured here, and the lines:
    ‘A shadow with a sharp eye,
    Unashamed to fly,
    Confident enough to walk.’

  6. sanaarizvi 04/14/2021 / 2:44 pm

    This is absolutely stunning! I love; “My cleverness needs no color. Primed and proud, I’m purposefully fearless.”💝💝

  7. robtkistner 04/14/2021 / 5:48 pm

    Powerful and defiant poem Susan, and extremely well written. I could see every action and attitude of the crow/raven in your poem. Excellent!

  8. rogblog666 04/14/2021 / 6:51 pm

    i have always loved the attatude of the crow. this expresses it with great gusto

  9. memadtwo 04/14/2021 / 8:57 pm

    Crow is definitely his own person. And he demands your attention. (K)

  10. calmkate 04/17/2021 / 6:07 pm

    they sure are strong words with a powerful attitude … if you have these traits you will achieve much! And if more of us would emulate your last line our world would be a better place, well written!

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/17/2021 / 6:10 pm

      Thank-you! I too believe more confidence and less explaining would make things better. 😉

      • calmkate 04/17/2021 / 6:42 pm

        ah I wish but so many need complicated drama …

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