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Crows and ravens

People tend not to like them. Their sharp cries are perceived as disagreeable, their dark shapes as threatening, their mere presence as a nuisance. But surely, given how many recent book covers proudly display them, I can’t be the only one who is strangely but powerfully attracted to crows and ravens. I find them mysterious, clever, reassuring. Whenever I spot them – flying above streets, foraging in parks, or gathering at dusk – I know there is more to life than the human-made frame of reference which completely absorbs my attention most of the time. I walk around a street corner, hear a crow speak, see it land closeby, and suddenly become aware of a totally different take on reality.

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