Outside my door a cawing crow
of blackened wings and indigo
delivered by night’s shivering storm.
The wind and winter’s howling call,
scattered nests and down the feathers fall.
Crack of limbs, cold and bare branched
mesquite leaves and needles spiral to the ground.
In a swooping field he flies into the tallest pines
deep and slow, the trees creak
wild in tones of cello.