Humiliation

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Choking and gagging,

he coughed up feathers. Eating

crow did not tickle.

 

*Eating crow is an American colloquial idiom, meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proven wrong after taking a strong position. Crow is presumably foul-tasting in the same way that being proven wrong might be emotionally hard to swallow (Wikipedia).

49 comments

  1. Nice one. I wrote in the past a poem small about eating crow and I also have a haiku in the same genre. A lot of people do not know the meaning of eating crow. I’m glad you put the definition in with your poem. I wish I would have done this.

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  2. I heard of this phrase before, but never knew what it meant — thanks for the education! I wonder how nasty a crow tastes? Because you know what? Being proven wrong doesn’t taste all that bad…assuming you add a little pepper.

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  3. We English speakers appreciate the explanation as well. πŸ™‚ How many of us reading this wonderful haiku can identify with its message?
    “Eating crow” is not necessarily such a bad thing. Humiliation may not feel good, but it gives us an opportunity to learn from it (if we are smart!) I personally ate some crow many comments back as I lacked the skill to explain my well meant intentions and came across rude and judgmental. For this I will always remain apologetic. Receiving forgiveness counterbalances a meal of crow nicely though! πŸ™‚
    With love.

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    • Well said, as usual. You could probably take any word and give it your masterful tweak!
      Oh, I cringe knowing what you mean. It’s challenging to communicate via the written word, at times. Things said can be easily misconstrued. I appreciate your understanding and am touched by your words. Thank you so much πŸ’–

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  4. Ha! A limerick for you, PR!
    *ahem*

    Prickly thorns or not she’s no meanie,
    A poet-acrobatic Houdini!
    From her head to her toes
    Our dear Rose is a rose
    Who knows how to rock cangos and beanies!

    Ha! Thpptttt!

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  5. Ha, Ha, makes one smile , all this gorgeous banter. Rooks and Crows, although clever, would be loved by me if they could improve and tone down their pitch considerably..until they do , hmmm not much I can do…send a falcon like in the days when men were men and each had a falcon the hunt with. Those were the days..xx

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