My shadow is a cormorant,
waterlogged and scarecrow cross,
black flags from scent of fish.
The bird’s a presence
ominous and waiting,
waving from the corner of your eye.

The cormorant flies
on wings, heavy as my heartbeat
and broods behind my smile.
It cackles when I whisper and
ties my tongue with brine.

My cormorant is shadow
The cormorant is me.

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November 21, 2017

28 responses to “Cormorant

  1. Pingback: “Cormorant” By Björn Rudbergs writings – Gardenlovepoet·

  2. Nice balance between bird & poet’s point of view; shadow birds are easy to care for as well, and can be spirit guides.

  3. I can feel that ominous shadows of the cormorant Bjorn ~ I have not seen one yet in the wild ~ An interesting choice for the bird spirit in you ~

  4. This is so beautifully descriptive. Having watched cormorants preen and clean for long periods and thinking about how industrious they are to tidy up whether they have caught anything or not!

  5. This is gorgeous! Love the idea of a cormorant that is as “heavy as my heartbeat and broods behind my smile.” 🙂 Beautifully penned.

  6. kaykuala

    My cormorant is shadow
    The cormorant is me.

    Invariably one sees its goodness centered close to and around one’s own idiosyncrasies


  7. Great choice of bird – another of my favourites, Bjorn! I am especially taken by the cormorant shadow, as well as the phrases
    ‘waterlogged and scarecrow cross’;
    ‘…wings, heavy as my heartbeat’
    ‘ties my tongue with brine’.

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