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"Dust of Snow"

My daughter is studying this Robert Frost poem in school:

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Two things to say about it:

1. The crow did it on purpose.

2. It says a lot about the narrator that the crow's dusting doesn't put him in a worse mood than he's already in. This could be one of those questions like Beatles or Stones? Are you mad or does it brighten your day when you get punked by a crow?

OK, a third thing: the word "rue," which is pretty much out of circulation by now. But rhyme is an unforgiving taskmaster.

Click the "crows" tag to see some of my earlier entries on crows.

photo by jim dandy
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Rue the day it disappears from crossword puzzles...


How can you tell a crow from a raven?

Re: crows

Crows say "haw haw," while Ravens say "nevermore, nevermore."

It Is Illegal To Film Crows

"Migratory birds (for a complete list, refer to 50 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 10) are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). All native species of birds, with the exception of upland game species (chukar, pheasant, quail, grouse), introduced species (starlings, house or "English" sparrows, and feral pigeons) are protected by the MBTA.
Migratory birds, their parts, nests or eggs may not be possessed, transported, imported, exported, purchased, sold, bartered, or offered for purchase, sale or barter without appropriate permits.

Use of birds for a movie is not allowed in the United States, unless the film is produced for the purpose of wildlife conservation education (National Geographic or Discovery Channel films, for example). Commercial use of migratory birds is
prohibited. This would include using birds in films produced for entertainment or commercials."

-USFWS Law Enforcement Division

...but I suppose a photo is OK.

Re: It Is Illegal To Film Crows

Wow. Very interestink. I vonder vhy.

I didn't realize crows were migratory birds. They seem to stick around during the winter, since they survive on road kill, french fries, and stuff they dig up out of your garden.

Edited at 2010-12-16 03:31 pm (UTC)

Snow Bird

I've heard about this curious subject in the directors commentary on 2 different movies. And maybe the crows that live off my scraps, migrated from some other place like Kansas. haha.
"Hey Heckle, I hear it's pretty in the east this time of year."

November 2018



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