Friday Poem: 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

8 thoughts on “Friday Poem: Crow Blacker Than Ever              

  1. The poem evokes images of the Creation story and of the crucifixion of Jesus. (I’m not Christian; my college classes on religion taught me to understand the implication.) Dark, despairing, and ominous of the abysmal condition of the world in 2020 – Covid 19 threatening to kill us all, the man in the White House destroying democracy in our country and helping crush it throughout the rest of the world, Black and other people of color howling to be treated justly, politicians submerging any latent decency under the darkness of their avaricious souls. “The agony does not diminish.”

    Hughes was a great poet, an original thinker, but like so many creative geniuses, not a very decent human being. Self centered and arrogant, he drew conclusions about the dark core of the world, but he never established a code of honor for himself. Maybe he was too young. Maybe he shouldn’t have married until he was much older. To be an astute observer is one thing we should all aspire to. To curb our own appetites for the sake of others is another.

    But yes, Hughes was a great poet, as Picasso was a great painter, Hemingway a great writer. I would never want my grandchildren to fall in love with such men. I do want them to live in a more decent world.

    Thank you for posting this poem – gave me much to think about.

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