opera chorus all in black
black masks, long plumes
soprano singing dido’s lament
a large flock of crows caws above us
moving into the sunset
in perfect choreographed flight
which no human or humans
could design or sound
and even though the soprano’s voice
is beautiful and moving
and makes me weep
i prefer to listen to the crows
Note: “Dido’s Lament” is the popular name for the famous aria “When I am laid in earth” from the opera Dido and Aenas by Henry Purcell.
Andrea Nicki, Ph.D., is the author of the poetry book Welcoming published by Inanna Press at York University. She is completing a second collection of poetry called Beehive Love from which “crows” is excerpted. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in journals and anthologies such as Women Write Their Bodies: Stories of Illness and Healing (Kent State University Press), TriviaVoices, Women and Environments, Rain and Thunder, Eco Poetry 2009, Ochre: Journal of Women’s Spirituality and She is Everywhere: An Anthology of Writing in Womanist/ Feminist Spirituality, Volume 3. She is the poetry editor of Moondance Magazine.