Angela Eastman


A crow


his beak into the


until he pulls


a piece of fruit.

He hops

and flaps

silken wings,


into a tree

picking and gulping

his red prize.


I stand beneath

not two feet away

in awe of his shining plumage

mesmerized by his motions.

He’s content

to let me watch

but I want so badly

to touch

that feathered head.

I pull out a camera

to trap him in a frame

but in the second it takes me

to lift it to my eye

he hops

and flies

to another tree

seeking other company,

those of like feather.

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