Today he strongly wishes to be gone forever
From the two-room studio apartment
He has lived in as a bachelor for over thirty years.

Atop the chimney of the house across the street
A raven lands,
Settles itself, and caws its raucous cry.

No use his imagining its joys or sorrows,
Much less its beliefs. He has long thought
Animals have it better than humans.

Seeming spiteful,
It struts in flat black relief
Against gathering gray clouds.