Saturday, December 10, 2005


COLD BLUE AIR


Out today in the cold blue air down from the white mountains, shifting armfuls of chunks of oak firewood from here to there in aged stages closer to the house, raking chestnut leaves in a pile that covers the garden hose, dipping into my vast stone inventory for multi-kilo rocks with which to really pin down the netting over the greens so as to stop even mighty winter winds from blowing the netting off and letting snow crunch everything down, or more immediately making the greens available to crow beaks - even though the local crows have no taste for spinach, they are irritated by my patent and repeated refusal to let them have any whatsoever: this type of refusal from pale beakless beings does not go down a fat black beak very well at all, gets stuck in the craw.

Thus, as I was rocking everything down, the Crow Committee caucus in the garden cedars and on poles nearby, harrumphing Look! What! He's! Doing!, black silhouettes against the ice-colored wind even then beginning its heavy horizontal rehearsals, building up the strength required to carry all that snow up there further down the mountain. But now the firewood is a lot closer at hand and I've worked up a good sweat. No need for a stove till the sun goes down. I stand at the big window, watching the crows tilt their heads this way and that in the wind, analyzing those new rocks.

3 comments:

Dalene said...

Crows do strike me as the nosy neighbors of the neighborhood, with an opinion on just about everything their neighbors are doing. All the while, doing not much else themselves. The covening of the crows, when I am out tending to this and that, can be counted on.

Mary Lou said...

Smart little buggers those crows! I am sure that by Wednesday they will have figured out a way to get to it. SO what if they dont like it, it is the thrill of the hunt for them.

Robert Brady said...

And for me, on the other side of the hunt. Nyeh-nyeh-nyeh...