How the crow goes: naturally by Douglas Colston

Douglas Colston | Nov 20th, 2022 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Why the crow?

It is natural.

The ideal way to live one’s life –
whether referred to as मार्ग (Mārga: ‘the eight-fold noble path’),
道 (the Dào)
or Λόγος (Logos: the ‘Word’) –
crows concerning all manner of things …
including the Sun, darkness
and ‘how’, ‘why’ and ‘when’
(perhaps, too, even Ukraine).

The crow’s path
is the road to enlightenment …
it crows
dark and light.

Expressing contempt makes a path –
the path expressing contempt …
it is something that ruins, wrecks and ends
(it may be considered akin to desecrating the dead).

The model is the path that buries the dead
(that which ‘lives’).

Undertakers and contractors –
and those that collect or receive taxes –
anyone is ‘the Way’.

The journey leads where?

The undertaker.

Concerning the hangman,
what existence journeys that way?

The journey existing as the hangman’s goal
(one that is like ‘death’).

Poet Bio

Douglas Colston has played in Ska bands, picked up university degrees, supported his parents during terminal illnesses, experienced chronic mental and physical illnesses consequential to workplace harassment, married his love, transitioned into Counselling as a vocation, fathered two great children and had his inheritance embezzled. Now, among other things, he is pursuing a PhD.

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