Crow is Walkingexternal image crow.jpg


Crow is walking
to see things at ground level,
the landscape as new under his feet
as the air is old under his wings.

He leaves the dead rabbit waiting—
it's a given; it'll always be there—
and walks on down the dirt road,

admires the pebbles,
how they sparkle in the sun;

checks out his reflection
in a puddle full of sky
which reminds him
of where he's supposed to be,

but he's beginning to like
the way the muscles move in his legs
and the way his wigns feel so comfortable
folded back and resting.

He thinks he might be beautiful,
the sun lighting his back
with purple and green.

Faint voices from somewhere far ahead
roll like dust down the road towards him.
He hurries a little.

His tongue moves in his mouth;
legends of language move in his mind.

His beak opens.
He tries a word.




I initially thought of the first part of the poem as a change of perspective. Since the crow is used to flying, walking allows him to see things at a level that he hasn't seen things from and may help him to realize things that he hasn't before. I also think that the second passage is talking about things that we take for granted. It also talks about trying something new instead of doing the same routine over and over again. In conclusion I think that this poem is talking mostly about first time experiences and the beauty that can be seen through them.

I think it is interesting how the author makes the crow seem so human like. In stanza 4, it is like a person looking at themself in the mirror. Is the author trying to make a comparison between the human and the crow's lifestyle? Also, I agree that second stanza is talking about death. And how sometimes we take life for granted. What other common themes show up in poems?

I agree that this poem is about exploring new ideas and gaining a new perspective once you have tried something outside of your comfort zone. We will never know if we like something unless if we try it out ourselves. Just like the crow in the poem, we might end up enjoying the new change. The idea of the second stanza talking about death is a very interesting one. I did not realize that at first but now that it is mentioned and I read the stanza over, it definitely gets me thinking about it. The end of this poem gives us freedom to imagine what will happen next. What do you think will happen after the crow tries to speak?

I agree with both of the previous ideas that this poem is about a change in someone/something's perspective. I also agree that this poem is about taking risks and the only time we learn is when we are able to step out of our comfort zones. To continue on to the last sentence and question of the paragraph above, we are left to interpret what happens after the crow tries to speak. I believe that there are two things which could happen if the crow were to speak. In an optimistic sense, the crow may actually be able to speak when he "tries a word". However, in a more pesimistic sense, the crow could completely make a fool of himself and just squawk. But I believe these two senses represent what we go through in our lives with the decisions we make. We must choose between things daily; make a decision which we know could go well or could go completely wrong. Many times, we all play it safe and stick to the routine, preventing any possibilty of something going wrong. But the "what if?" question will lingere. So do we play it safe and keep ourselves comfortable, but not know what could have happened? Or, do we risk it all and try something new?

When I first read this poem, I thought of the basic form of the poem and what the author was trying to talk about. Immediately, a reader can see that the crow is having a change in perspective. The author talks about how the crow begins to like the feeling of walking, may even think that he is beautiful, and how the raven tries to speak a word. As we read through the poem and exchanged our thoughts on it, I noticed like everyone else in the class that there was an evident change in the point of view for the raven. When I looked at the poem the second time, I thought that it could be an analogy to critical thinking and maybe even to this english course. Mr. Schauble mentioned in class that the history of the course was to help students gain their critical thinking credit. Generally, the definition of critical thinking is to find more than one answer or point of view to a topic or question. So when the crow sees the world from the ground instead of the sky, it gives him a different point of view of the question "What does the world look like?" This poem of a change in point of view may be an analogy to this course by the content of this course. This course is supposed to help us understand the world and literature better by gaining the skill of exploring possible answers to the same question. Maybe one of those questions that will be presented indirectly in this course is the same to what the raven is thinking; "What does the world look like?"

I also agree that this poem could be about gaining new perspectives, learning something new, and taking risks. I don't think Stanza 2 isn't so much about death but about looking at the dead rabbit as just "a dead animal" and not as its meal (--further supporting the idea of different perspectives). I also agree that the Stanza 2 is talking about things that we take for granted... Rather than going for something that will always be there, the crow continues exploring his "new perspective". It was a time where he could take in nature differently--alone. I noticed that the stanzas become shorter towards the end of the poem. I believe it has something to do with how the author wants the reader to feel. For example, as you read through stanza 5, you may feel a gradual crescendo or climax as if a symphony is playing according to how the crow thinks. As the author separates the lines in the last 2 stanzas, it feels as if there is some suspense created, depending on how you read it. ( =) I don't know if the "separation" of lines affected you, but it certainly made me feel as if I was right about to jump off a cliff near the last line of the poem...)

(We need another good example here but I couldn't think of one.)

I agree with the above statements about gaining new perspectives. As for stanza 2, I think that it may also be that the dead rabbit isn't a new experience to be taken in. The crow will cross hundreds of different dead rabbits throughout its life, but as for walking, maybe once or twice. People are interested more in new experiences than the everyday things- It's a given. A seemily incredible event or environment, such as having beautiful sunrises and (mostly) sunny weather, becomes common place and dull to those who experience it every day. We often forget how privledged we are. It is only through looking at what others have and don't have (usually the latter) that we can see how lucky (or unlucky) we are, and perhaps see that we are beautiful. We may also find that others have something that we want or are interested in.

I think the dead rabbit refers to others who are afraid change and who refuse to change. Those people will always be around and it would be useless to try to force them to change. When the crow sees the sky in the puddle, he thinks that that is "where he's supposed to be." He still thinks of that flying is the best thing for him and he belongs in the sky. However as the poem progresses, the crow realizes that walking on the ground is just as exciting as flying. He likes the way he feels and thinks he is beautiful. I think the two main points of this poem are change can have a positive effect on your life and it is important to take risks. The crow took two risks in this poem. He walked on the ground and he tried to speak. Even though the crow had no idea if he would like walking, and he had no idea if he would be able to speak, he tried both things anyway.