Mirth And Joy by Jean Gregory  Evans

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Two Crows MEAN Joy!
Mirth left; Joy on the right. (no pun intended)

Inspiration for title, “Mirth And Joy”, came from
A Traditional rhyme:
One crow means sorrow
Two crows mean joy
Three crows a wedding
Four crows a boy
Five crows mean silver
Six crows mean gold
Seven crows a secret that’s never been told

The original rhyme seems to be The Magpie rhyme. There are many versions to the rhyme, for example, these lyrics:
One for sorrow, two for joy,
Three for girls, and four for boys,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret, never to be told

Counting Crows, an American rock band, took its name from a divination rhyme about the crow, heard by Duritz in the film Signs of Life. The traditional British rhyme begins the third verse (around the 2:07 mark) of the song “A Murder of One” on the album August and Everything After : “Well I dreamt I saw you walking up a hillside in the snow / Casting shadows on the winter sky as you stood there, counting crows / One for” …

Another rendition:
ONE is a message
TWO is for mirth!
THREE is a marriage,
FOUR is a birth.
FIVE is for riches
SIX is a thief
SEVEN is a journey
EIGHT is a grief.
NINE is a secret
TEN is a sorrow
ELEVEN is for love,
TWELVE is for joy tomorrow.
THIRTEEN is bad luck
FOURTEEN is danger,
FIFTEEN is a change of luck
SIXTEEN is a stranger.
SEVENTEEN is for adventure
EIGHTEEN is a love that’s new,
NINETEEN is fame and honor,
TWENTY is a wish that comes true!

A lover of art and nature, Jean adores animals, whimsy, smiles, and chocolate chip cookies, not necessarily in that order.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work of art. I had forgotten this little rhyme.

  • Thank you, Bunny! The rhyme is new to me and I thought, very beautiful. I researched and have just added more information.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsalmost 3 years ago

    What a great poem! Just love the image and words together!

  • Pamela, Congratulations on your home page feature! … I’m glad you enjoy Mirth and Joy. I fell in love with the poem and it inspired me to make this image. I am so pleased that you like it! .. BTW, I added some information about this lovely poem.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • TrixiJahn
    TrixiJahnalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work and great poem!

  • Thank you, TrixiJahn! You may be interested to know that I just added some information about the lovely poem.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Cal Kimola Brown
    Cal Kimola Brownalmost 3 years ago

    I love the image Jean. I love crows – thanks for the poem and all the info, it was all news to me.

  • Cal Kimola, I fell in love with the little rhyme and was inspired to create this image. While you were viewing it, I was working on adding more information about the poem! I hope you will get a chance to see the last version of this poem. :)

    – Jean Gregory Evans

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