“Social Dinosaurs” by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

“Social Dinosaurs” by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

they watch us
to you or me, a crow
is a crow, but they know where you live

they know all
about you, and your trash
and how you treat your corvid neighbors

in quiet
nest speech they talk of love
but public caws are all about you

and your cat
they see you feeding her
you are on the list and all crows know

in Jonesville
and over to Waycross
in Willow Valley you’re known on sight

your lights went
out in a blaze of sparks
shorted by feathered suicide squad

near the opened fuse box
crow ninjas had to pick toolbox lock

nestlings watch
they remember naughty
and nice, they keep my shrubs beetle free


David C. Kopaska-Merkel, founding member of the International Vampire Society, has written myriads of poems and stories since the ’70s. He won the Rhysling award (Science Fiction Poetry Association) for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. His latest book, Footprints in Stone, co-authored with Ron Buta, describes a fabulous trace-fossil site in Alabama.