Crow’s Song of Infamy – John De Gruyther


 Looking in the mirror he sees his own reflection

Also, someone else

his father?

Same facial expressions

Same syntax

Same desires

His great worry, carrying a crow on one shoulder a bag on the other

“Your Daddy he’s an outlaw. And a wanderer by trade. He’ll teach you how to pick and choose, and how to throw the blade. He oversees his kingdom, so no stranger does intrude. His voice it tumbles as he calls out for another plate of food. One more cup of coffee for the road.”

He’s getting old or older, but it is all the same.

When will wisdom kick in so he can learn the game

When self-care presides over the empire of blame

Silver hair

Same hairline

Same destiny

The crow’s song of infamy

“To the valley below.”

He smiles, all his own teeth

Flicks off the radio, the news too bleak

Running on empty one hell of a week

he hears tiny happy voices of the children below, speaking the only truths that matter, letting go of thoughts that rarely flatter

The here, the now, no need for the death of desire, chuck all regrets on a funeral pyre

His new mantra, a balm to heal scars

The grass is green, and sometimes yellow, finally he realises

 this is a fine place to mellow


©John de Gruyther 2018

Art: John De Gruyther

John is an author, poet, songwriter and visual artist. He has delusions of grandeur and wishes he was Johan Cruyff. John has worked with Titan Publishing, Star Trek Magazine, The Guardian, LSG Media, The Citizen, SFX magazine and many more. You can read more of his work at The World Outside the Window.

John has also just released his first collection of poems.


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