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The Business of Ravens by Roxanne Paris

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Title: The Business of Ravens
Author: Roxanne Paris
Number: 29/100
Allocated postcode: EH9

The Business of Ravens

Three of the biggest ravens in the world
met today in Edinburgh to discuss
their upcoming plans to scavenge,
stake their claim on mates
and cast vindictive looks at the robins.

They lined up — one two three—
as though they’d stepped out of
a children’s book on counting
and into a Hitchcock film.

They strolled through the Meadows
like winged wardens,
their bodies big as housecats
as though they had eaten one.
Perhaps they did.

Closer inspection revealed
blood dripping from their beaks.
Their cold eyes gleamed
at passersby as if to say:
“Next time it will be you”.

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  1. Each one of Roxanne’s poems is filled with ingenuity and wit. She is truly a musician with words.

  2. […] 31 bus taken from Lasswade by Nicholas Goodrick No. 28: Animal Haven by Juliet M Wilson No. 29: The Business of Ravens by Roxanne Paris No. 30: The Septuagenarian and the Quartermile by Roxanne Paris No. 31: Corstorphine, Midnight by […]

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