4 JANUARY 1930, Page 26

The Crow

I KNOW a willow tree, unpollarded, neglected, Where sits a ruminative crow,

• Who, in the grey canal below, Hour after hour, perceives himself reflected.

Or does he watch the ewes, heavy with lamb, ungainly, Nibble the sapless winter grass 9 Or note the straggling heron pass ? No, I surmise he's introspective mainly.

Certain it is, the need for marital activity Ceases to urge him, for a time, To petty larceny and crime, And leaves him in this state of strange passivity.