“Shivering Crow” copyright Kathy Ferrell 2005 all rights reserved
5.25 x 7.75″ ink on Bristol board
illustration for Sherry Decker’s short story “Shivering, We Dance”
Book of Dark Wisdom #6, Summer 2005 Elder Signs Press
You’ll often catch me staring out an upstairs window, coffee cup in hand, looking west toward the river. I am enjoying the antics of a very small murder of crows that have commandeered a huge pine tree on the bank. Though they are only three, one would have difficulty finding a more raucous trio than these. On the best days, they will honor me with a visit to my back window, announcing their arrival with a level of self-confidence that would befit a bald eagle. With cocked head and intelligent eye, they take turns examining me and my art through the window pane.
They are my loudest and most valued critics. I take these little visits personally. I won’t bore my readers with a seminar on the remarkable intelligence & abilities of these animals, but for a thousand reasons, they fascinate me. The feeling seems oddly mutual, and I feel secretly honored.
b. 1871 d. 1933
By the time she passed away many years later, she had found success and become a “Missus” in her own right. A proud, resourceful survivor, possessed of an innate intelligence, impelled to prosper in this bold new land. Watching my ebon art critics today I think of the “someday soon” when I sit down to do my ancestor’s portrait. I will depict her with the crow perched on her hand, two triumphant.
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