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Set me free why don't you mate

Conversation with a captive corvid

By Raymond G. TaylorPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
Raven, British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield, Surrey. Photo: RGT

Caw, caw, caw, set me free. Please do!

What? Who’s that talking? Is it you?

Yes, me. Hear my plea, why don’t you set me free?

I’m a Raven. Dark corvid. What are you?

Me? I am human. How do you do!

Human? Where’s your humanity? Coo! Coo!

You stand there gawking at me in a cage?

Where’s your anger? Where’s your rage?

Anger? Rage? What can you mean?

You’re a Raven, a crow, you’re there to be seen.

Captured and captive and there to be viewed.

An item of interest, a figure of fun,

You flap and you squawk in your cage and your run.

This is a zoo mate, don’t give me no grief,

My visit is transitory, voyeuristic and brief.

I don’t give a fig for you plight and you pleas,

I’m only one punter not Attenborough. Perlease!

You bastard! You arsehole. Hey! Don’t turn your back.

I'm lucid, intelligent, a sage not a quack...

Well that may be so but I am no eco warrior.

Don’t try to guilt trip me or you’ll be the sorrier.

Bugger off then, why don't you? See if I care.

Alrighty, I will then, I'll just leave you there.

You do that, you moron, go get a nice coffee.

I don't care what you think, I don't give a toffee

See ya then!

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Inspired by a visit to the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield Surrey in October 2023. The Raven pictured was doing a lot of cawing and I imagined having a conversation with it.

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About the Creator

Raymond G. Taylor

Author based in Kent, England. A writer of fictional short stories in a wide range of genres, he has been a non-fiction writer since the 1980s. Non-fiction subjects include art, history, technology, business, law, and the human condition.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    I can't wait for the day where animal's finally take over and put all humans in cages 😈 Loved your poem!

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