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The Crow Convention with One Left in the Wake (Poem)

The Compassion of Crows

A poem about the compassion the crows show for each other and how the Crow became one of my favorite birds.

A few days ago, when I saw the compassion and caring they have for each other, it is more than some human beings.

The one left at the wake

He had waded in to deep  The embankment was too steep And this is where he Finally went to sleep

He had waded in to deep The embankment was too steep And this is where he Finally went to sleep

The Crow Convention with One Left in the Wake

© Shyron Shenko 7/18/14


The Crow Convention

Or maybe it was a wake

Was held in the corner of my yard today

Eight sat on my fence

Two were in the ditch

Something was in the water

The two were trying to pull it out

I ran to get my camera

To get a picture of what this convention was all about

That is when they started cawing

With such a mournful sound

It was then I realized what was in the water

One of them had drowned

The Crow convention

Had been held here for another’s sake

What had been their convention

Had become a mournful wake

I’ve seen how the Crows care for one another

When one was trapped

Inside a ring of wire mesh

The other five worked and worked

Until they got him out


Looking north toward the sight of the crow convention/wake

Looking north toward the sight of the crow convention/wake

previously held Conventions in happier times

previously held Conventions in happier times

Crow convention

© 2014 Shyron E Shenko

Comments

C E Clark from North Texas on September 30, 2020:

Have said for years now, that most animals have more character than most humans. So often animals try to do the right thing, where people look only to how something will benefit themselves. If you look at our current 'leader' you will see how lacking in character he is compared to these crows in your poem. Most of his fans seem to be the same in this category.

I love this poem and I hope everyone will read it and give it some deep thought. Posting it to AH & FB.

Stay safe, dear friend . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on May 26, 2020:

Once again current events remind me of this story where the crows tried to look out for each other. Those people who call themselves patriots who will do anything for this country (except stay home or wear a mask if they must go out) are selfishly thinking of only themselves.

Caring nothing about people they believe they have the right to infect with a miserable disease that could end in death. Who would have thought crows could be smarter and more compassionate than humans?

Posting this on AH & FB again.

Take care dear friend. Stay safe.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 15, 2020:

I don't know what I can add to my previous comment. Everything I wrote in it remains true, and if anything is getting worse. Going to post this excellent poem on AH & FB again.

Blessings dear fiend. Hope all is going well for you, and that you are healthy and safe . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on August 27, 2019:

Posting this on AH & FB again. Hoping some people will be able to learn some lessons from these crows. Seems like people in general are getting more and more selfish. More uncaring and rude.

I think the example in the White House should bare most of the blame. What a crass ignoramus Trump is.

What concerns me, however, is how the media are all busily talking about polls and who can beat Trump in the coming election, and how important it is for Democrats to vote, etc. While I think we must definitely turn out the vote and take nothing for granted, I do believe that Russia will intervene again, because nothing has been done to prevent them from so doing. Moscow Mitch is doing everything he can to make sure Russia/Putin will have smooth sailing to re-install Trump in the Oval Office. Since Russia has had a successful experience and is now getting help from a variety of GOP leaders, it should be easier than ever this time.

What is going to become of this country?

Hope all is the best it can be for you, dear friend. Blessings . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 01, 2019:

Jamie, thank you for the compliment and comment. I do appreciate you my dear friend.

Blessings

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 01, 2019:

Au fait, thank you for the comments and compliments, I do appreciate you my dear friend and I have not forgotten you I think of you almost everyday.

Blessings dear friend, I hope all is well with you.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 26, 2019:

Wonderful read Shyron! God Bless. Jamie

C E Clark from North Texas on April 26, 2019:

Back to have another read on this, one of my favorite poems. Posting on AH and FB. Truly, animals have more character than most humans.

Blessings dear friend. Take care . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on July 20, 2018:

This poem is one of my favorites because it proves that animals have consideration for each other and most probably feelings not so different from what humans experience. I'm so glad you observed this event and that you decided to write about it and share it with everyone. An excellent poem!

Blessings dear friend. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 23, 2017:

Kenneth, thank you so much for the comment, I do appreciate you so much.

Blessings always

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 23, 2017:

Au fait, thank you so much for the compliment and comment.

You are right about Hillary, nobody has been more maligned than she has, and all the stuff that trump has accused her of, he is doing.

I don't care if this does not get moved to a niche site.

Hope all is well with you and hope you had a nice Mother's Day.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on May 23, 2017:

Absolutely stunning; profound and very deep.

Fantastic work.

Keep it up and never look back.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 23, 2017:

Come back to this excellent poem, one of my favorites, that so well depicts how crows possess compassion, something that Republicans do not even know anything about.

Trump's budget will cut all manner of assistance to the poor, elderly, handicapped, and even healthcare for children (Chip). Millions who finally obtained access to healthcare through the ACA will have it taken away again. Food stamps and Medicaid are to be cut still more, along with programs like Meals-on-Wheels. All to give bigger tax cuts to the wealthy and force the U.S. to buy more military equipment that isn't needed from the wealthy weapons industry.

Most members of our Congress are also wealthy and will benefit from the tax cuts and from starving poor people and their children. It isn't Hillary who was, or is crooked . . .

Really like this poem very much. Can't believe it hasn't been moved to the Letterpile niche.

Take care dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 07, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing. On Tuesday or Wednesday it was 109° actual degrees not the heat index with the Brutal sun.

Blessings and hugs dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 03, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for the compliment and comments, I really appreciate you.

Blessings and hugs to you also dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 02, 2016:

As you know this is one of my favoritest poems you have written. A lot of people would learn something from these birds if they only could. Sharing it again.

Hope you are in a cool place and letting the grass fend for itself today. 99 degrees F. here right now. Blessings and hugs to you dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 27, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for the comments and complements I hope all is well with you Blessings and hugs to you also.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 25, 2016:

Back to share this amazing poetic story again. A shame people aren't more like these birds. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather day! Blessings and hugs dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 20, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing.

Blessings and hugs my friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 19, 2015:

Drawn to this excellent poem again. If only humans were so compassionate. Sharing of course . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 03, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the comments and compliments.

Blessings and Hugs to you also

C E Clark from North Texas on August 22, 2015:

Another of my favorite poems. Sharing this again and hoping to stay awake long enough to do that. So hard to stay awake . . .

Blessings and hugs to you both.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 05, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the comments, up votes, compliment, and sharing. I hope you are feeling better today, and that things are looking up for you.

Shyron

C E Clark from North Texas on June 03, 2015:

Came back to read some of the comments. They can be as interesting sometimes as the article. I do love this poem though. It's one of my favorites because it shows the empathy that some creatures have. Some humans could learn from these very smart birds. No, I'm not talking about any specific person, but maybe some groups of them? ;)

Voted up again and shared. Voted Awesome and Beautiful too.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 23, 2015:

Deergha, you are welcome, thank you for the comments, compliments, up-votes and for sharing. I really appreciate you.

Blessing and Hugs.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 23, 2015:

Au fait, I got it this time. I check spam almost every time now, I wonder how many of my comments have been sidetracked.

Thank you my Dear Friend for the comment, compliment, up votes and for sharing, I really appreciate you.

Yes the Crows are a beautiful to watch.

Blessings and Hugs, hope all is well with you.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 23, 2015:

Mary (tillsontitan), thank you for the comment, compliment, up votes and for sharing, I really appreciate you.

Yes the Crows are a beautiful to watch.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 23, 2015:

Phyllis, you are welcome, thank you for the comment, compliment, up votes and for sharing, I really appreciate you.

Yes the Crows are a beautiful to watch.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 23, 2015:

Kenneth, thank you for the comment, compliment, up votes and for sharing, I do appreciate you.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 23, 2015:

Mary615, thank you for the comments, up votes and for sharing, you are appreciated.

I was amazed at the compassion of these birds.

Blessings and Hugs

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 22, 2015:

Karen, thank you for the visit and the comment. I really appreciate you.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on April 20, 2015:

Shyron, Many thanks for sharing this true poetic story with us here. It's a real lesson for us human kind here to learn from our fellow feathery friends to rise in kindness and empathy. Your presentation is very spontaneous to hold us readers till the end of the story. Good job done. A nice poem with a strong massage really. Shared and voted up interesting.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 20, 2015:

This is a great poem and one of my favorites. Sharing it again. Hope it comes through this time.

I'm wondering what happened to the comment I put on here April 18. I shared it,etc. Have you looked in your spam folder? I can't believe how many comments end up in mine.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 20, 2015:

Shyron,

You are very welcome. I love crows, ravens, bluebirds, falcons and eagles.

Mary Craig from New York on April 20, 2015:

What an interesting topic turned into a beautiful poem! This is certainly a hit worthy of all the accolades already written.

I can't help thinking about the poor, drowned crow and all his mourning friends.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 19, 2015:

Kenneth, thank you for the compliments, comments, and up-votes.

Have a blessed day.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 19, 2015:

Shyron,

Wow, at the comments. I loved this hub. Every word and photo. Voted up and all of the choices. Great job.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on April 19, 2015:

How sad for the crows to lose a loved one - yet, how compassionate and caring they are to try to save their brother (or sister). I often see crows gather in my back yard, but not every day. When I toss out unsalted peanuts or dried bread cubes they love to gather and munch.

Thank you, Syron, for this compassionate poem and the pictures. Crows are highly intelligent. Bless them all and blessings to you.

Up, *** and H+

Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 19, 2015:

I think the crow is a very beautiful bird. I saw a fly who was lying lifeless once, and several flies came and tried to revive him. I watched in awe as they "worked" on that fly. I have read of many tales where an animal will try to save the life of another of their kind.

I enjoyed your story of the crow convention very much.

Voted this UP, and shared.

Karen Hellier from Georgia on April 19, 2015:

Oh so sad, but sweet at the same time.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 17, 2015:

Larry, so do I, and they recognize me, they call me to come out and feed them. Thank you for the comment.

Have a blessed day.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on March 16, 2015:

I know they aren't everybody's favorite bird, but I think crows are beautiful.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 23, 2014:

Ben, thank you for the comment and compliment. Yes the crows talk to me, they have even become brave enough to fly to the feeder when I am only 10 feet away, when they see me put food out, funny thing, I had some corn to feed them and they would not eat it, I guess they like it fresh right in the field, Chip and Dale (Squirrels) would love the corn, but can't get to the bird feeder any more. Anyway they have their own feeder.

Blessings Ben

Shyron

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on November 21, 2014:

You bend a powerful poem Shyron, as evidenced by all these admirers, myself included! I love crows, I speak to them when they pass by, especially when I come home. I learned crows recognize peoples faces they are so intelligent, and they communicate to one another about specific people! I like that Patty Inglish in her comment above called them "people" as I am an Anishhanaabe and I should consider them people so I will. That they care for one of their own that passed on is no surprise indeed, the powerful and surprising crow!!!

Ben

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 05, 2014:

Thank you Karen for your comment. You are so appreciated. Yes I was so fortunate to see and experence this.

Blessings to you dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 04, 2014:

Susie! Thank you so much for your comments. I am glad that you have a convention in your yard and you can attend.

Blessings and hugs to you.

Karen Kay from Jackson, MS on November 03, 2014:

Lovely poem... and you are so right! I am sure it was a crow version of a funeral or wake. They are such intelligent birds! I did a lens on them a while back. You were lucky to witness this!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on October 31, 2014:

We have 5 crows that live somewhere in the woods near by. It seems one must always be watching for food to be tossed out for them, because soon after they all arrive to feast. Or, at other times they will all be sitting in the trees in the yard just hanging out. They are amazing birds to watch.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 06, 2014:

Ann, I very much appreciate your visit and your comment.

Yes, "murder of crows" I have heard that is what the family unit of crows is called from childhood, but it seem a misnomer to me also. Maybe it is because when I was a little girl my grandfather's corn field could be destroyed/killed in one day if he did not have the scarecrows standing out in the middle.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 06, 2014:

Crows have large families, don't they? I find them, as all birds, fascinating though they don't always have a good reputation. This is such a moving poem. Isn't it strange that some animals react this way to each other's misfortune and some don't?

Did you know the collective noun is 'A murder of crows'? Seems a misnomer in the light of your story!

Lovely poem and photos. So good you were quick to react with the camera. Looking forward to reading more.

Ann

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 02, 2014:

Thank you again Au fait for the comments, vote and sharing. I am glad this is your favorite poem. I think it is probably my favorite also.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 02, 2014:

Came by to check this out again. It's one of my favorite poems all around, not just poems by you. Voted up and awesome and sharing again.

Almost bedtime . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 10, 2014:

Thank you Jo, for your comment and compliment. You are right we humans do not have a monopoly on caring.

I really appreciate you.

Have a Blessed day

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 08, 2014:

This is beautiful and so sad! We as humans, do not have the monopoly on caring. A very touching display captured in a beautiful poem.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 08, 2014:

Tom (Crazyhorsesghost/He Who Talks With Crows), I am so pleased that you enjoyed my Crow Convention. I now have eight crows that visit daily, except yesterday, they did not come around at all and the food was still there this morning, and I have not seen or heard them today.

My name (I was told is Cherokee) but don't know what it means in English, but is not a variation of Sharon which many people think.

Thank you Tom for being a dear friend.

Thomas Byers from East Coast , United States on August 07, 2014:

I really enjoyed this one to Shyron. You got the crow down perfect. They are very much social animals. Almost human in many ways. My Sioux name in English is " He Who Talks With Crows ". The crow is my spirit animal so I was really touched by this Hub Page of yours. Thanks again Shyron for writing something that both lifted my spirits and made me think. Thanks.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 07, 2014:

Thank you Peg, for you kind comment. I really appreciate you. It was strange that I did not see my feathered friends today and I really miss them.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on August 07, 2014:

You've captured the essence of fine feathered friends here in your soulful poetry. I loved the imagery and the presentation of your kind thoughts for these, God's creatures.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 06, 2014:

Lauren, thank you so much for you comment. I had a wonderful experience yesterday. I was working in the garage with my hubby and my garden shed is on the other side of the house, I need to go get a piece of lumber for hubby and as I turned the corner the crows were there and I startled them, all flew away but one and it flew to the crow birdfeeder and cawed. I had taken food for them so put the food in the feeder and this let me get with 5 feet then flew up in the tree and came back to the feeder after I walked away.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 06, 2014:

Thank you Minister Jacky for you comment. I read your hub, but had nowhere to leave a comment.

Jacky Hughes from Yarnton, Oxfordshire on August 05, 2014:

Thank you. It is a nicely written poem. Animals do seem to have some kind of ability to connect with and feel for each other over and above instinct.

Lauren Irving from Davie, FL on August 04, 2014:

Like the way you described what you had seen in your yard. I think Crows are now my favorite Bird. I love the way they show compassion.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 03, 2014:

Scarface1300, I am glad you love my poem. Thank you for the comment.

Scarface1300 on August 02, 2014:

Love this.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 29, 2014:

Aunt Jimi, It is funny that almost all animals have compassion for each other. Thank you my dear friend for the up votes and sharing.

Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on July 29, 2014:

Isn't it funny how animals have more compassion for each other than people do? Really like this poem. Sharing and voted way up!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 27, 2014:

FlourishAnyway, I am so glad you love this story. I also think that animals are smarter than people give them credit for.

Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate you.

Shyron

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 27, 2014:

Shyron, I loved this. It was told with compassion and sentimentality but was not sappy. A perfect observer's description. Very well done. I am convinced that animals have a full thought process and social order that we often do not give them credit for.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 27, 2014:

Kim, thank you for your comments. I always knew the crows were smart, but this was the first time I realized they also have empathy for one another. I do hope my poem will show how caring these birds are.

Kim Dessaix on July 26, 2014:

I love watching crows too. They seem to be the most intelligent of birds. Thank you for helping to improve their reputation.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 26, 2014:

John, thank you for the comments, I did not see the other one, but it is appreciated anyway. Yes the crows are very intelligent.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 26, 2014:

I did leave a comment about this hub previously but it hasn't shown up Shyron. Anyway well done, interesting subject. Crows are very intelligent.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 25, 2014:

Jaye, thank you for reading and commenting, up votes and sharing this hub. I really appreciate you my dear friend.

I usually have 6-7 attendees at my crow conventions. You three reminds me of what it says in the bible "where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I also".

Blessings my dear friend

Shyron

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 25, 2014:

Patty, It is so good to see you. Thank you so much for you comments, I know and I think of you every day when I see the crows and I thought of you when I wrote the poem.

Blessings my dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 25, 2014:

Thank you Victoria for your visit.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 25, 2014:

Dear Faith, thank you for your comments, sharing and blessings (I do need lots of blessings) and most of all thank you for your friendship.

Blessings to you always.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 25, 2014:

Thank you Au fait, for the compliment, comments, sharing on FB and HP; and for the pin to your Birds board.

Have a Blessed day my dear friend.

Love Shyron

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 25, 2014:

Peggy W. thank you for your comment, up votes and sharing. And you are right, I have seen empathy in many animals, but this was the second time I saw it in the crows.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 24, 2014:

It's trite to say I love crows, but I always have done. Intelligent, charming, mouthy at times. Caring...now that's a word. Another reason to cherish the black-feathered people.

Victoria Baughman from Michigan on July 24, 2014:

Beautiful insight!

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 24, 2014:

Shyron, you have so much insight--into the actions and feelings of both people and animals. This is a lovely poem. For the past few days (in between rains), I've seen quite a few crows congregating where I live, though only two or three at once. Maybe theirs is a 'mini-convention.'

Voted Up/Awesome/Beautiful/Shared

Jaye

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 24, 2014:

Meant, except for the sad first photo of course. Blessing always

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 24, 2014:

Ruby, thank you for your comment and sharing with your followers and on twitter.

I know that you dearly love birds, and so do I. My favorite was the Cardinal until I was an uninvited attendee at the Crow Convention.

Seven Convenied this morning and they were screaming at me because I did not put corn out for them, but they are happy now.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 24, 2014:

Dear Shyron,

What an inspiration from witnessing such a convention of the crows! Such a touching poem here as to the crows and their mourning over their lost friend. As others have stated, we can learn a lot from the crows in helping out our fellow brothers and sisters in times of peril and perseverance until it is done.

Your photos are lovely.

Thank you for sharing!

Voted up ++++ and away

Blessings always

C E Clark from North Texas on July 24, 2014:

Excellent poem, Shyron. I love it! You definitely have a way with words and with drawing. Isn't it amazing how some animals have more character than humans?

Sharing this with HP followers, and on FB. Also pinning to my 'Birds' board and voted up, BAI.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2014:

It is true that some animals seem to have more empathy and concern for their own kind and sometimes even others than we humans do at times. We could learn from that! Up votes and sharing.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 23, 2014:

Shyron, that must have been heartbreaking to see that. As you know from my poetry that i dearly love birds. I didn't know that much about the crows. They are beautiful! Thank's so much for sharing your photo's. Shared on twitter..

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 23, 2014:

Kevin, thank you for the up votes and pin. No I got to close and they all flew away, then came back late in the day and were even on my patio.

Blessings my friend, I truly appreciate you.

Shyron

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 23, 2014:

Devika, thank you for the compliment and the comments, you are truly appreciated.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 23, 2014:

Thank you Jamie for your comment. I have been feeding the Crows for sometime and have never seen anything like this before except when one got stuck inside the wire mesh and the other five would not leave it there but helped it get out, what a treat it would have been to film that feat.

Blessings to you my friend.

Shyron

The Examiner-1 on July 23, 2014:

That was something else Shyron. It must have been sad to watch them go through that for their mate. You told a loving tale that we can all be aware of - by the way, did you ever get your photo?

The only crows that I have seen are 1-2 at a time in trees, on feeders or walking down street centers being picked on by mockingbirds.

I voted this up and pinned it.

Kevin

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 23, 2014:

So interestingly written and a wonderful mind you have when it comes to writing and sharing your thoughts.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on July 23, 2014:

I love how this moment with the Crows shadows larger more human moments. Well done. Jamie

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 23, 2014:

Hi Bill, Thank you for the compliment and the comment. This actually happened last Wednesday, I heard the cawing of the crows and thought they were fighting and ran for the camera then when I walked out to the culvert to get better view of the ditch I saw two crows trying to pull the other one out of the water the eightt that I counted were cheering them on, but I walked to close and they all flew away.

Blessings to you my friend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 23, 2014:

You have the imagination and creativity necessary for a writer to become a very good writer (or poet)....beautiful insight and writing my friend.

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