Misnomer

For Red Wolf Poems


Image: Yuki yanagi ni karasu (Blackbird in snow)

 

This picture from the Library of Congress
is entitled Blackbird in snow.
‘Tis no melodious blackbird:
to me it is a dratted crow

cawing on a snowy branch,
with malice aforethought low,
a nasty bird of evil purpose
a devious so and so.

Whereas the merle’s a glorious bird
with song to give us joy.
Perhaps the artist never heard
him sing, nor saw him true.

The Turdus merulus,
close relative of the thrush
delights our days with music pure –
to hear him brings a reverent hush.

Clear of eye, with yellow ring
grey legs and orange bill,
he runs, not hops like other birds,
a truly magical thing.

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15 Responses to Misnomer

  1. Blackbird.. For sure its a crow of some kind.. (Though crows here in Sweden are more grey).. On wikiart the picture is corectly labeled as crow. To me it looks like a raven or maybe a rook…

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  2. b_young says:

    Well, it is a Black Bird. I suspect he’s a raven.
    Still, I’d prefer to see your merle in real life.

    (the font: Somehow the text setting got switched to “Headline.” If it ever happens again, that’s what to look for)

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  3. Romi says:

    “Karasu” is a Japanese word for “crow.”

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  4. Irene says:

    Your poem reads like delightful birdsong, Viv. RWP’s last prompt will be next week. RWJ will continue. 🙂

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  5. Well written, Viv. Corvid it is.

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  6. lynn__ says:

    Are you saying the “dratted crow” and “glorious merle” are one and the same bird? Oh say it isn’t so!

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  7. Misky says:

    I love to watch birds, even those pesky crows and magpies. Love your approach to this image, too. Nice one, Viv.

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  8. Ron. says:

    Great response to prompt, V! Salute!

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  9. tialys says:

    I love blackbirds – they are my favourites. They worry me with their nesting habits as I feel they are at more risk from cats (especially ours!!) and it’s a shame about their unfortunate Latin name!!

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  10. catterel says:

    Totally agree! And the merle is a bird of very regular habits – we can set our clocks by the one who comes in our garden!

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  11. I don’t know where that huge font size came from, but it was impossible to scale down. Sorry about that.

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