I’m Twinkling Here, Said The Crow

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“Twinkle, twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.”

~ traditional English lullaby [from a poem by Jane Taylor (1783-1824)]

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“Twinkle, twinkle little bat,

How I wonder what you’re at!

Up above the world you fly,

Like a tea-tray in the sky.”

~ Lewis Carroll [or the Mad Hatter, if you will]

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“Twinkle, twinkle little crow,

How I wonder what you know!

Up above the deck so high,

Like an ominous evil eye.”

~ Ally Bean [blogger extraordinaire who likes to rhyme]

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PLEASE NOTE: It has been brought to my attention that the stupid birds in these photos are not crows.  These birds are something called TURKEY VULTURES.  So, with the help of Zen-Den, I have rewritten my verse to accurately reflect this fact.  Here goes:

“Twinkle, twinkle turkey vulture, 

How I wonder what’s your culture.

Up above the deck so high,

Like an ominous evil eye.”

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

37 thoughts on “I’m Twinkling Here, Said The Crow”

  1. Crows don’t have red beaks. I’m no expert but those may be what some peope call “turkey vultures.” I would very much like to see you rhyme “turkey vulture.” “Twinkle, twinkle turkey vulture – how you are so misunderstood in our culture . . . “

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    1. REALLY? Those aren’t crows?! Well, slap me on the butt and call me Sally. I wondered about the red on the beak, but figured that I’d just never noticed it before.

      I don’t like that those icky birds were something called turkey vultures. Both because that name sounds dreadful + I’ll never be able to make a good rhyme with it.

      What a defeat all around. *head to desk*

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        1. See what attention to detail brings to enlightened individuals – misery. I hate myself for having brought “workplace madness” upon you.

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          1. Oh don’t be silly. I like details. That’s where life is. And in this particular case, the details are showing me how uninformed I am regarding birds. 😉

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  2. Twinkle, twinkle little scribe,
    How I wonder what you imbibe.
    High above most blogs I know,
    Funny topics – way to go!

    A bit lame, but the best I could come up with when Tom and Jerry are playing in the background. Yep, it’s still half term here.

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    1. nance, having taken a quick look at Julius Caesar Act V in Sparknotes, I agree with you. As I read the summary I got the heebie jeebies thinking about those stupid birds. Good reference, my dear.

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  3. Our turkey vultures are really big…you see them circling in the air over something…and you hope it isn’t you!
    Twinkle Twinkle big odd birds
    (How hard to think of perfect words)
    Up above featherless creatures you fly
    Do you think “what’s for dessert?’ when up there in the sky?
    (OK, it was really hard not to end it with some form of “Die weaklings, die!”…that’s just too creepy…)
    Thanks for the morning’s laugh

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    1. philosophermouse, I can’t stop laughing here. Dear lord, do you suppose that these large, dark, mean birds really think of us as dessert?!! I don’t like that image in my head at all. Thanks, I think.

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  4. Turkey vultures are quite relaxing to watch glide around in the sky. Half the time, I’m not sure whether my big gliding birds are turkey vultures or juvenile eagles. Also known as buzzards, by the way, but I am not coming up with a rhyme for buzzard. You, Z-D and Polly are the rhymiest!

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    1. Zazzy, we don’t have enough open sky around here to watch birds glide, so I’ll take your word for it about watching these birds. When this group of birds arrived in our backyard they descended in one dark, noisy swoop; then they sat around long enough for me to snap a few photos before flying off. Turkey vultures are buzzards? Didn’t know that.

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      1. Just checked RhymeZone.com for a rhyme to “buzzard”- according to the site “no perfect rhymes were found.” I guess that’s why we call them “turkey vultures.”

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    2. Zazzy, no need for a rhyme for buzzard:

      Twinkle, twinkle turkey vultures
      Known as buzzards in some cultures
      High above Ohio fields
      Circling like cogs and wheels…

      With apologies for adding in another syllable in the first couplet where it’s not supposed to be.

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  5. I was scared to death by turkey vultures one day while walking Mozart. One swooped down 5 feet from us and scooped up a squirrel, with another vulture on its heels. Needless to say, I screamed quite loudly!

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    1. Beth, that sounds awful! I’d scream, too. These birds that I photographed [which were not crows ;-)] were large & beady-eyed. They weren’t bothered by me and my camera standing on the deck, so I can see where you and mild-mannered Mozart posed no threat to them.

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    1. Margaret, so you’re not a ornithologist, either. Cute birds I can identify, but this bunch– not so much. Strange that they appeared out of nowhere. I’ll give ’em that.

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    1. These birds were menacing. I’d much rather see my trees filled with a flock of robins! Not to mention that rhyming with robin would be so much more fun– than vulture.

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  6. OMG!!! We have had an invasion of crows in our neighborhood this spring. I have no idea why. They wake us up at o’dark thirty every morning. Caw, Caw, Caw. I hate them!

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  7. Not to put too fine a point on it but there’s a reason those birds are perched there: some tasty half-dead dinner lies below. They like to dine in each other’s company. You want to see ugly just wait until the turkey vultures alight.

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  8. Ha! I’m amused by your verse(s) and by all the discussion and futher verse they have generated. (Now I will probably find myself trying out my own as I attempt to go about my business.)

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