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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hungry Peregrine

Hawk Roosting

I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.

Inaction, no falsifying dream

Between my hooked head and hooked feet:

Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.

The convenience of the high trees!

The air’s buoyancy and the sun’s ray

Are of advantage to me;

And the earth’s face upward for my inspection.

My feet are locked upon the rough bark.

It took the whole of Creation

To produce my foot, my each feather:

Now I hold Creation in my foot

Or fly up, and revolve it all slowly—

I kill where I please because it is all mine.

There is no sophistry in my body:

My manners are tearing off heads—

The allotment of death.

For the one path of my flight is direct

Through the bones of the living.

No arguments assert my right:

The sun is behind me.

Nothing has changed since I began.

My eye has permitted no change.

I am going to keep things like this.

By Ted Hughes - From his book,  'Lupercal' (1960).

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ted Hughes Crows Revisited

Crow Blacker Than Ever

When God, disgusted with man,

Turned towards heaven,

And man, disgusted with God,

Turned towards Eve,

Things looked like falling apart. 

But Crow.. Crow

Crow nailed them together,

Nailing heaven and earth together-

So man cried, but with God's voice.

And God bled, but with man's blood. 

Then heaven and earth creaked at the joint

Which became gangrenous and stank-

A horror beyond redemption. 

The agony did not diminish. 

Man could not be man nor God God. 

The agony




Crying: "This is my Creation," 

Flying the black flag of himself. 

By Ted Hughes.  From the Life and Songs of the Crow (London: Faber & Faber, 1970)