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crows            from a painting by Alex Colville


only seven of them

but they hold the world
in perfect balance

between the earth & sky
their flight sustains
a tension of stark symmetry

the upthrust of their wings
supports the sky above them

their fierce downstroke
holds the earth in place

this is the reason
it is always daytime somewhere

to keep the world in perfect balance
requires a constant flight

of seven crows