The speculating rooks

by Helen Hooker October. 28, 2018 383 views

The grounds of Culford School is home to large numbers of rooks and they were out in force early this morning as I took a pre-breakfast walk. Seeing these two sitting on the remains of a dead oak tree reminded me of a short poem by Edward Thomas (1878-1917), which I once encountered set in a piece of music I performed several years ago:

‘Thaw’

Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed
The speculating rooks at their nests cawed
And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flower of grass,
What we below could not see, Winter pass.

~

28 October 2018

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