Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ravensong

Raven, by Sue Coleman

Raven,
lift me up on your black wing,
because I'm floundering here,
in this boggy morass
of Must-Do's.

I want to soar mountaintops, 
swoop over rivers,
sit in the crook of the tallest cedar 
on the planet
and survey the morning.

Send me a great gray space
with nothing in it,
that I might contemplate vastness,
letting go of the particular.

Invite me with your bent wing,
and I will follow.
Send me your gobble-cry
and I will sing it back to you,
as you ride the thermals,
I, land-locked,
and envious
of your
lack of tethers.

Lift me up on your black wing
and take me home,
where the winter waves
pound against the dunes,
where I can plant my feet
on the sandy shore,
and be homesick
no more.




36 comments:

  1. Hopefully you will soon have a bit more 'gray space' of your own again soon! Hopefully the vast is on the horizon. Nice thoughts here, Sherry!

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  2. Lovely images...if we could only fly....

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  3. Oh Sherry this is absolutely stunning the third stanza in particular moved me. Amazing work

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  4. I'm breathless, speechless. This plea has power. Hold on there, girl.

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  5. stunning piece ... we all need that space.. or need to fly to where we need to be...

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  6. How wonderful it would be to fly, to see the way they see. Beautiful poem.

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  7. i can so relate...i am drowning in must do's and its killing my ability to fly....

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    1. i hope you get that flight back home soon enough you know....smiles...swinging through early on the pantry run...smiles.

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  8. add my caw to the cause, Sherry, to speed you on your way home ~

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  9. Sherry, the second stanza really reached out
    to me..I too want to soar mountaintops..what
    a feeling of elation that would be..thinking of
    you and your journey home..

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  10. beautiful lines.....hope you soar above those killing must do's and find your own 'gray space' very soon...

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  11. keep singing this song like a mantra, mi amiga, and soon their will be a metamorphosis where it will be your eyes overseeing upon the great expanse rather than the prarticular. you will sit upon a grand promontory over the sea watching the osprey play and the waves rising to cooling sprinkles upon your face and Tofino being that place.

    wonderful. gracias

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  12. Commenting on this a second time, Sherry. Indeed there are so many must-do's in life that sometimes get in the way of what we would LIKE to do. I think we all yearn for that gray space sometime!!

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  13. I can feel the yearning in your words, Sherry! We all have times when we'd like a raven to carry us on its back so we can be homesick no more. I hope you eventually find your own.

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  14. pefrect! as gabriella said, you can feel the yearning, the urge.. beautiful.

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  15. One needs space to know more. If only one can fly like them and be back. Great write Sherry!

    Hank

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  16. Ah reading this beautiful one again.....I love this Ravensong...these are the words of every soul waiting for that great lift...

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  17. Oh Sherry - you can hear your voice in this one shining through - you will be at the sea soon - you are at the sea now - the waves are part of you pounding in your pulse dancing in each lyric you write - you are the sea - it has never left you although you long for it <3

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  18. Somehow you must get to live at the beach....keep on!

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  19. The meditation of your words is beautiful. To reach out for the domain where you can contemplate and silently wonder about the intricacies of living and life would be a bliss. May we all reach that point. :-)
    Beautifully done.
    -HA

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  20. your poems never fail me with their metaphorical, environmental, and wise themes. They make me think and sigh.

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  21. This is a beautiful poem Sherry ~ I specially like this part: envious of your lack of tethers and the whole last stanza ~

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  22. As Mary said, sometimes we all yearn for 'that gray space'....Sherry! ...I would also love to fly on this raven's back ...there's a lot to uncover its secrets!! Smiles...
    Beautiful words, great images you created, Sherry. Lovely~

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  23. yes, the 'must-dos' are taking way too much time lately...

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  24. Aw..Sherry! How powerfully sounds your wish! Good intention! Keep it up! I believe your dream'll come true soon :)xx

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  25. I hope the 'raven' listens to your plea. May you be by your beloved beach very, very soon. Home awaits.

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  26. Ah a wonderful use of the raven. Such a maligned yet majestic creature.

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  27. Oh Sherry, this is gorgeous, riveting. I love this poem. Bookmarked for rereading.

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  28. The must do's are always with us. I like your prayer and raven wings are strong and swift. I think you have hit on a Universal longing we all recognize. Thank you, my friend,

    Elizabeth

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  29. We all need a space ..of our own..where we feel contended and happy..so nicely written Sherry... loved it... :-)

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  30. I want to soar mountaintops,
    swoop over rivers,
    sit in the crook of the tallest cedar
    on the planet
    and survey the morning.

    I think everyone of us has such a dream to be at peace with ourselves.

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  31. Flying.... its such a pleasure... it can make anyone jealous.. it gives the feeling of freedom...

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  32. There are lovely strong images of contrast in the earth-bound and the sky-free. i wonder if the longing is reciprocal

    Thanks for dropping in at my blog

    Have a nice week

    much love...

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  33. Dear Raven, consider me as well... Nice one Sherry!

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  34. Your kinship with the bird is palpable in these verses, Sherry. This really is a longing cry for freedom, very affecting.

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