Tuesday, July 9, 2013

When Raven Calls

This cool picture was created at digitaltrends.com
for a Mac application


When Raven
gives her gobble-cry,
listen for the message
she imparts.
She has visited your dreams.
She knows your secrets.
She is attracted to
the shiny brightness
of those longings
in your heart.

When the moon is full
and Owl Woman
sighs her weary sigh,
look up
into the heavens.
There be road maps there,
celestial navigation
to a land that is
the reverse image
of this one,
in the clouds.

They say stars
are but holes
in the floor of Heaven,
that lets
unearthly light
shine through.

May it bathe
all your dreams
in radiance.

Sometimes
an eagle, wind-surfing the sky,
lifts the heart
into its lazy spirals.
We gaze in wonder,
looking up,
as Brother Bird
experiences
the essence of freedom, 
circling
the currents,
inhabiting
the space between
the earth and sky. 
Our hearts take wing
and, for those few brief moments,
we can imagine
what it is
to fly.

Posted for Mary's prompt : A Bird's Eye View at Poetry Jam. My head always has a few birds flapping around in it, so this poem came easily. Owl Woman I borrowed from Ella who wrote recently about White Owl Woman.

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful Sherry. It always amazes me how you can write with such Indian spirituality.

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  2. This is so brilliantly written that I read it3 times before commenting. I loved the deep messages that lies in between your words and am surprised at how well you portray it. The picture of the raven is filled with mysticism, great selection.!

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  3. Oh, eagles are the consummate sky surfers! Poetry in motion.

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  4. The essence of freedom - great words and great truth, well captured

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  5. Wonderful poem Sherry. I love the eagle wind-surfing image particularly. I have a recurring dream of flying so appreciated the final stanza so much.

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  6. oh how i would love to fly...it has always been my greatest dream...not like superman but like wings...also like that stars are little holes that let the light in....smiles....very cool piece sherry...

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    1. hiya sherry...hope your computer ails are behind you...smiles...happy sunday

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  7. Brother Bird does experience the essence of freedom as he moves between earth and sky. It is so wonderful to just watch them with awe. And our own dreams. Cool write, Sherry.

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  8. So pretty, Sherry... I especially like:

    Sometimes
    an eagle, wind-surfing the sky,
    lifts the heart
    into its lazy spirals.

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  9. I'm amazed when such beautiful images and words come easily to you. I really think it's your shinning spirit that flows, spills out and let's us see inside of you. You're really special Sherry. Love knowing you.

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  10. I love watching eagles in flight, you've captured the essence of it here. Nice work Sherry...and your notes made me laugh!

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  11. You come steeped in spirituality ... this is lovely.

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  12. ...we always desire to do & achieve things we are basically incapable of doing &/or achieving... & when we get the opportunity or simply finally reach that peak of our desire we will realize we are still yet unhappy... life is just like that... full of contentment... full of ambitions... but i guess thar what makes a life exciting... because we don't just live... we create a living... how wants are more than what you only need... smiles... loved this Sherry...

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  13. I like this very much Sherry. Each stanza could read as a separate small poem. Sever really lovely images and I can't really pick a favorite. I like the raven photo as well.

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  14. Sherry, every stanza a gift--beautiful!! I love the Raven picking out the shiny brightness of the longing of your heart--wonderful!

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  15. your description of the birds is gorgeous, and then that riff on the skies above was another luscious layer.

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  16. Hi Sherry, visiting your poem again today in the Pantry. Oh, if only we could be as free as Brother Bird..........but, we can DREAM, can't we?

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  17. I love the sound of this...the formality that lends it a timelessness. I'm a bird lover, too, and a sky lover, and space lover, and word lover, so this is wonderful to me!

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  18. I have to echo Susie's comment--your soul shines out of everything you write--it is a gift you have and a gift you share.

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  19. Love the essence of spirituality in this superb poem. I have always wondered what it would be like to fly, can only imagine feeling such freedom. Wonderful Sherry!

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  20. The term 'vision quest' comes to mind. Beautifully done.

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  21. you had me at raven :) maybe it's the poe in me, but i like ravens :) again, I love the nature in your poetry, and how it ends.. what it is to fly.

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  22. Love this,
    "She is attracted to
    the shiny brightness
    of those longings
    in your heart."

    I am also attracted to those things, most often to the point of distraction.

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  23. Words that a Native American I believe would speak as he views his world with such love and understanding. You make the reader want to learn and listen to nature a bit more closely

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  24. Sherry, appreciate your affinity for nature and indigenous people. Lovely read.

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  25. As someone else also posted, here's my favorite part:
    Sometimes
    an eagle, wind-surfing the sky,
    lifts the heart
    into its lazy spirals.

    Thanks for letting me fly!

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  26. your poems transport me to a world of such intimate bonds with nature which I can never personally experience.I wish I could.

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  27. how we wish we can fly! your poem has an atmospheric feel to it. very uplifting. :)

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  28. This is a gorgeous piece Sherry. Your narrative voice is spot on and descriptions of man's link to nature always create a sense of completion.

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  29. Stars are but holes on the floor of heaven ... what a beautiful image! :)

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