a brief language... | Scott-Patrick Mitchell

a brief language of crows



at dawn, crows chew colloquial news, how 
they eat apple to the core, adore bin day,

scavenging horizon, prying lids off garbage. 


a bloke i met, he said watch what all those 
murders do: they are on to me, on to you.
their funerals are a clamour: black becomes 


colour of how a beak can glamour. corvine 

law sees them tearing down walls, clattering 

claws on gutters, one blue eye watching you, 


the other sky, blinking in half-light. these would  
be writing desks, they swoop now: the magpies 

bark & scowl. i heard that down south, the crows 


even dig out meth discarded in petrol station 

trash cans, much to the amusement of cops 







Scott-Patrick Mitchell (SPM) is a non-binary West Australian poet. SPM appears in Cordite, Westerly, Southerly and Rabbit, as well as anthologies such as Contemporary Australian Poetry, New Poets 1, Stories of Perth, banQuet, Hashtag Queer and Going Postal. SPM’s debut collection, The Bruised Universe, is forthcoming from Indifference Publications.

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