#NPM: The Raven’s Joke

This month my blog writing will be (mostly) dedicated to poetry.  While birds are common in poetry, it always seems like they get categorized as beautiful song birds or ominous corvids.  I played around with that in today’s poem, which came to me while I was walking my dog this morning.  Poem 1/30

The Raven’s Joke

What jokes must the raven know?

Ignoring his boisterous and croaked: hah! hah! hah!

Masses associate him with sadness and darkness,

But while the other birds gossip,

Titter and twitter among the trees,

The raven calls over their song: hah! hah! hah!

What jokes must the raven know?

To laugh so loudly, and directly,

There must be some private, amusing tidbit,

That he feels must be heard

As he peers down at me from the eaves

And lets out one loud and rapturous call:

Hah! Hah! Hah!

Oh what jokes the raven knows and keeps to himself.

Ravens & Mythology - Hanford Reach - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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