Raven vs. Crow

I saw the movie “Moonrise Kingdom” (more on that in an upcoming post), but one of my favorite parts is when Sam meets Suzy. She is the raven in a production of “Noye’s Fludde.” Seeing her in that costume reminded me of a little poem I wrote a few years ago.


Some say a raven scouted land,

proceeding from old Noah’s hand.

The raven flew both far and near

but it did not return. Oh dear!

Then Noah sent a fair white dove

who picked an olive branch with love.

When Noah sent her out again,

she stayed to nest. The flood did end.

But if, instead, he’d sent a crow

to look for land, both high and low,

that crafty bird—so sly and wily —

would have returned with poison ivy.


  1. I need to go see that movie. Should I see it before or after you write about it?

    Poison ivy. You’re so funny. This may be the first time I’ve ever seen reference to that in a poem.

    Friends of mine told me recently about hearing a presentation by a park range in Yellowstone about how ravens problem solve and work together to steal things from park guests. Sort of like the velociraptors in Jurassic Park. Okay, now I’ve wandered completely off topic, but that’s what I thought of when I saw ravens in your title.

    Happy Sunday!

    • Nancy, I love this story! Wish I could have heard it, but it confirms everything I’ve learned over the past few years about those darn corvids.

  2. a different tail on ravens and crows, that is how to tell them apart i have read. i have not seen the movie though.

  3. oh..my husband did take our youngest to see it. now i want to see it.

  4. Ha! I think you’re right! (Now you should write a poem about what Poe would’ve written if he wrote one called “The Crow.”)

  5. Very nice! Of course, I’ve always been a fan of crows….fabulous, brilliant creatures….

  6. Too funny!