An English In Kentucky


















August 18th 2010    Tim Candler

    Occasionally a Crow will lose his tail feathers.   It gives him a different appearance.  When he flies in the distance he can be mistaken for a Black Vulture.  But on branches of the dying Sycamore he will make a noise, and a person can for a minute feel sympathy for him.

    I reckon tail feathers are central to correct deportment whilst in flight.   I imagine the effort of flying without tail feathers leaves a body aching and a mind slightly unnerved.   But on the branches of a dying Sycamore a Crow can feel kingly and pretend that he is as good as ever he was.

   I imagine too it takes a while for the new feathers to grow, and I guess in the community of Crows there will be the odd joke shared by those Crows who still have their tail feathers.

   Yet when it comes to how a Crow might lose his tail feathers, I imagine there is opportunity for heroic explanation.  A chance to boost a ragged image of one who has seen it all.  A collision with death survived, rather than something as small as a mite or a fungal infection.


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