Rooks at twilight

We are waiting for the rooks to rise
the way they rise each evening
the way they rise as the light falls
the way they rise as one
rolling bowling calling squalling roiling boiling swirling whirling
mass of birds
wings spread like hands
against the darkening sky
circling once
twice
then settling again
black leaves
black fruit
black birds
carved out of nothingness

and I wonder what stories
they tell themselves
about how it is
to be a rook.

For Lill at dVerse OLN.

25 thoughts on “Rooks at twilight

  1. Sarah,
    I’ve seen starlings do this, in some sort of gestalt flight pattern, and its amazing. So beautifully described here I can see it in my mind’s eye, and from a distance “black leaves/black fruit/ black birds/carved out of nothingness”
    pax,
    dora

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  2. ‘rolling bowling calling squalling roiling boiling swirling whirling’
    – I love how your poem is so full of movement and hope, Sarah. So beautifully and skilfully written!

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  3. The list of verbs….
    “rolling bowling calling squalling roiling boiling swirling whirling”…
    is an amassing of verbs just as you’ve written about the amassing of rooks. I think they must be your totem! 🙂

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  4. Great poem.
    I especially like these lines,

    the way they rise as one
    rolling bowling calling squalling roiling boiling swirling whirling

    You brought this vision to life with a wonderful combination of words.

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  5. I like the repetition of “the way they rise” in the first few lines, it builds into the lovely string of action verbs that create such vivid imagery! Then the repetition of black “carved out of nothingness” is so magical! 👏👏

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  6. I understood ‘rook’ is a bird, wanting to know more I googled him. ‘A large, gregarious, black-feathered bird’ seen in the ‘Palearctic realm’ ~ fascinating ~ your poetry describes them beautifully.

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  7. “rolling bowling calling squalling roiling boiling swirling whirling”

    both strongly visual and onomatopoeic! Wonderful description of the sight.

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