Kay Ryan has a way of getting right to the point. I’ve been subscribing to Poetry Foundation’s Audio-Poem-of-the-Day. So each morning I get to hear a poem read to me. It’s a good way to start my writing time.
This morning “Felix Crow” was in my ear. It made me think of my last post, “The Secret.” So far (it has been only a few days now), I’ve been good about looking for that moment during the day when I see something new or beautiful or amazing.
Kay Ryan’s “Felix Crow” calls attention to those things we don’t always see as beautiful, like crows. We tend to over-look certain creatures who don’t meet the standard definition of beauty. Here in Florida, we certainly ooh-and-aah when we see the roseate spoonbills or a tri-colored heron. Not so much, a crow or buzzard.
“Felix Crow” called me up on that. So I’m opening my eyes a little wider today. Thanks to Kay Ryan.
Here’s the poem. Just click to hear the reading.
P. S. For those of you following my earlier posts on writing prompts, the poem (and crows) made me think of another writing prompt. Today look for something others might not think of as beautiful. Later when you return to your notebook, write for ten minutes or more about what you saw.