- one of Kell's poem prompts: see her blog: http://ofkells.blogspot.com/ (triumphs, decade, darker, problem, godlike, break/staff, so-called, bound, crow, mark, were the words, the poem title being a nod to the title of the book from page 29 of which the words were selected)
In the darker place near my heart
I’ll take a crow bound with raffia
to keep him still but not quiet
on my bumpkin explorations.
A decade should suffice to break him in:
imagine the feeling of godlike triumph
when the so-called problem of his struggles
is overcome and I can walk the city streets,
him perched wing-free on my ebony staff,
a hoarse but docile finial calling out landmarks.