counting magpies

Having broken down the old English magpie rhyme "One for Sorrow" into a series of ten pieces, I focus on the attribution of fate and chance to Nature. According to the superstition of the magpie poem, the number of magpies seen tells if one will have bad or good fortune. Inspired by time spent out West where Black-billed Magpies are abundant, I enjoyed using the rhyme to tell a few stories of my own.

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told
Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a bird you must not miss

- source unknown

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