Is it still called a murder of crows if

one of the members is a human?

is it a murder plus one?

I have a friend, his name is Zoltan.

Large almost blue he is so black

we visit everyday when I go for my walk

he sits at the same corner on the same fence, waiting.

At first, we only nodded good day to each other, exchanging

daily pleasantries, simple small talk between strangers.

One rainy day, I brought some apples and shared them.

He likes apples and later we found out he loves expensive cat food, it’s his favorite.

Who am I to judge? I like beets. So, we are all a little strange.

summer wore on and we became better acquainted, he began waiting for me, casually

holding space on the walnut tree in my yard.

We started walking together, him gracefully stopping as the dog did his business.

Zoltan is a true gentleman as he walks me to my door everyday now.

He hangs out with his friends sometimes and is introducing them to me, slowly.

When the mean tom cats come into our yard to hassle our little devil kitty, Zoltan and his friends

sound the alarm and chase them off.

I’m glad to have a new friend, it’s been a long winter in my soul.

I painted Zoltan when I was sick, in bed with the tumors growing deep as the snow outside,

that was years ago and thousands of miles from here.

I had repeated dreams of a bright eyed crow that was my friend.

I named the painting Zoltan dives…and now he is manifest.

He likes his name I can tell because when I speak the word

he puffs up his black feathers in pride, lifts his beak to the sky

and let’s everyone know, this human, is his friend and I AM ZOLTAN!

HA! 2016

Zoltansdive1artwork: Zoltans Dive HA! 2009 oils (sold)


This morning the real Zoltan waiting for our walk at the end of our driveway. 🙂

Support living artists, the dead ones don’t pay rent. 🙂



  1. Bill Jones, Jr.
    January 15, 2016

    I really like this piece and love the painting.

    1. HA!
      January 15, 2016

      thank you, I’m glad to know you enjoyed them. 🙂


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