“……and have you ever heard an old crow belly-laugh?”








“……and have you ever heard an old crow belly-laugh?”





Old Crow spots a lush field of succulent peas,

Hiding under fronds stretching for miles under evergreens.

High mountain-valley meadow holding much to please

And sighing caws does Old Crow beak over these worthy beans.



Just now Old Crow spies there a gorgeously plummaged one,

A veritable Lady Crowser so daintily pecking at just one pea.

Pretty, pretty most specialest beauty of a lady, so madey

Like those peas to please all friends and mostly Old Crow in plea.



Just as Crow circles to swoop down to bow to this Lady,

Ugly Cird calls about far away sounds from the riverine seasides:

“Such ugly, ugly bawling sqawling voice we uns do hear, ol’ Matey”

“Can we uns gather pease and quick, quick, get away to friend’s cave, besides?”


52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David Kanigan
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 00:18:31

    Grab the peas and run (fly)!

  2. Cat Forsley
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 00:21:52

    Fly Fly Fly xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Soar Soar Soar xoxoxoxo
    Above it all 🙂 xo

  3. lscotthoughts
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 01:03:20

    I love the fun language and visuals in Old Crow’s adventure! 🙂

  4. totsymae1011
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 02:44:22

    “Daintily pecking at one pea”? Well, what a proper one she is.

  5. Claudia
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 05:14:33

    …so daintily pecking at just one pea… oh i feel sad for her…

  6. willowdot21
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 05:29:51

    Darn it old Crow craws so loud !! Lonely, only Crowess looks up shocked! Crow knows he must lead his crew of critterly unfolk to safety in yon friends cave… but Oh! the temptation to tarry, such lavish repast and beautiful lady Crow beckoning from below ..the temptation is so…………….. darn it damn it but duty calls and old Crows even if reluctantly joins our band our merry band and Good has one the day! ( loving being back in the fold XXXX Granbee ) xx

  7. Linda Willows
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 07:45:54

    such worthy, worthy beans! Love it all Granbee! Linda

  8. eof737
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 00:11:39

    That ugly bird is something… reminds me of a few humans. 😆

  9. Colleen E Gunderson Photography
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 05:52:15

    Love your writing. As a new reader, I wonder where the temptation lies: with Lady Crowser, or Ugly Cird? Or neither, and it’s just a choice to be made… ?
    Thank-you Rose 🙂

    • granbee
      Aug 08, 2012 @ 03:45:34

      It seems to me that BOTH are tempting, quite tempting! Yet Old Crow WILL make the right decision and combine LadyLove courting and innovative resolution of Ugly Bird’s worries quite successfully, as we will soon see!

  10. Christy Birmingham
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 09:13:43

    There are crows around here it seems every day, squawking outside my window as I try to write. I think your crows are more interesting!

  11. Soma Mukherjee
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 15:10:36

    old crow belly-laugh..i bet they give an extra one after belly ful peas…lol
    fun poem Rose 🙂

  12. Sue Dreamwalker
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 03:49:02

    Hi Granbee, Im smiling so here today as today I gathered in pounds of peas and spent the morning shelling them with my little granddaughter who ate more than she picked.. Lol. Ready to freeze..
    I think that lady crowser is maybe luring her mate with her petite ways…
    Its not the crows around my own garden that are the problem, but the Wood pigeons .. They ate lots of young cabbages…

    Thank you Granbee for you lovely visit earlier.. I always treasure your comments… Much love to you ..
    Sue xx

    • granbee
      Aug 08, 2012 @ 03:59:09

      Thanks so much for sharing this about your wood pigeons and your pea shelling with granddaughter! Love sharing all these wonders about God’s creatures with you!

  13. littlesundog
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 06:35:36

    Well, Granbee, I shall be observing the ever-present crow family a little more closely as they gather down in the canyon! I have photographed the new baby crow with his family (now a group of seven – last year it was just three!). The baby makes an awkward WAAAACK, WAAAACK, while the adults Caw! CAW! CAW! Oh my, and the courtship dances… like no other! Quite flamboyant and beautiful!

    What a lovely story… I patiently wait for more!

    • granbee
      Aug 09, 2012 @ 04:18:42

      Wow, thanks for sharing about your very own local crow family–and the courtship dances! I can see I will have to share royalties with you for these wonderful images! So VERY pleased you are now with us on this critterly journey!

  14. bardessdmdenton
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 01:42:47

    Love the opening, Rose:
    ‘Old Crow spots a lush field of succulent peas,
    Hiding under fronds stretching for miles under evergreens.
    High mountain-valley meadow holding much to please’

    What a mouth-watering vision. Nothing like a fresh raw pea! XO

  15. becca givens
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 03:04:16

    Oh my — grab and run!!! 😀

    I would love some fresh shelled peas myself … miss my grandmother’s cooking for this one!! DE-lightful!! 😀

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