26 February 2014

Parable

Common Raven in Yosemite National Park, United States

Parable

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap,
they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. 
And how much more valuable you are than birds!


Ravens at the Tower of London scare
me with confidence and shiny armor.
They protect royalty from invaders—
They hold the fort with Her Majesty’s Guard.

The Poet interrogates the Raven
in his home, spirit of his lost Lenore,
gift of her love, there to protect and haunt,
to be a knickknack and leave nevermore.

I, too, follow the way of the of heart, raven-
full, open to God’s will, messenger or
leader, ready and waiting, fed in ways
earnings cannot buy, learnings can restore.

Nothing is harder than letting plans go
and living in longing for the Unknown.



File:Common Raven - Yuwaraj Gurjar.jpg
Common Raven ~ Papilio castor


Posted for my prompt  Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Success.

Copyright © 2014  S.L.Chast



17 comments:

M.Z said...

Beautiful poem :) Really liked this part the most:
"The Poet interrogates the Raven
in his home, spirit of his lost Lenore,"
Deep and meaningful words!

Kathryn Dyche said...

Love the raven references, I'd forgotten about them guarding the tower, thanks for the reminder.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

So beautiful! I love "follow the way of the heart, raven-full"......gorgeous write!

Jae Rose said...

What a beautiful butterfly..she looks ready to use her precious time to adventure in the unknown and keep her plans afloat..

Brian Miller said...

fed in ways earning cant buy....smiles...interesdting how you turned on the raven a couple stanzas in making them positive....we try to live much the same...smiles.

The Drugstore Notebook said...

Sometimes the unknown is the best thing that can happen to us, though! Makes us brave and bold! Nice write...

brudberg said...

What a gorgeous poem Susan.. Love anything with Ravens.. and this contains all the wisdom a raven can have ..

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Susan,

I liked the biblical reference and the ravens involvement. I guess that we have more gifts and goodness than we ever really take time to account for. More often, we can only recognise that which we deem to be missing. The bounties in life mark success, as we move from day to day...

Eileen

Unknown said...

love the symbol of the raven that flaps through your poem. your last stanza speaks deep of the unknown that we welcome but fear as well.

Mary said...

I do think sometimes we have to let plans go to find out what life has in store for us, perhaps better things than what would have happened had we followed our OWN plans.

Grace said...

I love the use of the raven imagery and this whole stanza:

I, too, follow the way of the of heart, raven-
full, open to God’s will, messenger or
leader, ready and waiting, fed in ways
earnings cannot buy, learnings can restore.

Sumana Roy said...

' I, too, follow the way of the of heart, '...the best one to follow...and love the bird image...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

There's something about them, isn't there? It's easy to see why we have so many stories about them.

Unknown said...

Such wonderful lines and comparison with the ravens...beautifully penned !

humbird said...

I love the surprises of unknown inside, when we take time to look...~ love the parable

ms pie said...

that is beautiful... a sense of well being oozes over....

kaykuala said...

The raven and all their responsibilities can never be separated. It gets to be a highlighted feature and the ravens themselves must have determined their fortunes without really trying. Great write Susan!

Hank