A glimmer of sky
is reflected in its eye,
echoing with the raw
and ragged corvine caw,
reminding us of misty dawns,
morning breath of autumn yawns
and branches bristling with jet feathers
as the harbingers of winter flock together.

Kim M. Russell, 12th July 2018

Toril Fisher Fine Art

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Artistic Interpretations with Margaret

Margaret is our host this Thursday and she tells us that her friend, the artist, Toril Fisher, has once again generously offered to allow us to use her paintings for inspiration.

Whether we can place ourselves in the paintings or our poems take on the qualities of the animals in them, Margaret asks us to interpret the images with a new piece of poetry written in any way we choose.


31 thoughts on “Harbinger

  1. What a great title, Kim. It sets up the tone of some dire consequence… death of all those darling buds of May. The crow is a wonderful symbol in this piece.

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  2. Makes me ready for fall, Kim. Very descriptive and the rhyme is so fitting. You might want to see if you could just as well use feather in place of feathers.

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  3. I really like the power build in this piece – the pace and rhythms and rhymes work to fabulous effect – as do your carefully chosen descriptives ~ most wonderful. Makes me want to soar with them.

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  4. kaykuala

    reminding us of misty dawns,
    morning breath of autumn yawns

    They serve a useful purpose to wake us up despite a ghostly caw in the mornings!


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  5. A great poem Kim. You certainly stepped into this piece. I always thought of the crows as dual harbingers, both winter and spring owing on their migration. the rhymes work beautifully in this piece. the building toward the end is masterful.

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    1. Thank you, Susie. We went along the coast over the weekend to Great Yarmouth, where it seemed to be a little cooler. As soon as Wimbledon is over, the UK heats up again. 🙂


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