The Crow with the Broken Wing

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse10 Jul 2015

Black-smooth sleekness
Mocked by drooping
Feathered fan trailing
Through dust.

Seagulls are pecked
Viciously, a fox
Skirts by warily -
For now:

Hopping on through
Jarring pain, snapping
Up scattered morsels,
Defending doomed

With every skip,
Every gasping
Tortured breath.