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holiday in southwestern colorado...
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Hushed from newly fallen snow;
a soft susurrus of forest breezes whispers
through lake pines; the heart-song of natures
mercurial ballet in a late spring storm
With deft ingenuity ravens acute
eyes and ears evaluate the surrounding
territory; the ground below, the circling trees,
the cabins dispersed on the hillside
Raven measures every
movement and sound around
while ruminating on taking wing
or staying on the roost
Seeming at times discouraged, and
even at times a thinker cerebrating existence,
raven interacts artfully with life, summoning wolves
and coyotes (shrewdly) to the site of dead animals to have
them lay open the carcass
Territorial in nature, raven takes
Anything and guards it with a passion;
burying his food, raven observes other corvidae, and,
when they are not present, steals from their caches
Raven mimics the “meows” of a feline now dead.
Once friends (and playing for months with him) raven
learned over time cats movements, habits, mannerisms,
and vocal inflections; raven mourns cats departure
Ravens voice moves deftly
between ranges of rich “pruk-pruk-pruks”
and lofty knocking “toc-toc-tocs”, and, when compelled
to flight, a gravelly “kraa-kraa” announces ravens departure
Behind raven a strange shuffling alerts him to danger,
and then the clicking of a camera shutter ruffles feathers.
Turning to understand better, raven considers escaping,
richard lloyd cederberg
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|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
|What an amazing portrait of the raven! Just as we humans, the raven has it's virtues and it's sins.|
|Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather
|The picture is great and Vesna is right, there is a lot to be taken from this. This is a wonderful read. Hope the new year is turning out well. Peace. MM|
|Reviewed by Vesna Perkovic
|This piece is NOT just poetry it is an education!
I've always loved the raven..such a mystical bird even if it does steal from others' caches..
|Reviewed by Liana Margiva
|EXCELLENT WRITE!!!!! I LIKE IT VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS, RICHARD, MAY GOD BRING HAPPINESS IN YOUR LIFE EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva|
|Reviewed by Joy Hale
|I enjoyed learning more about the raven; your words were crated to entertain and educate... I liked every aspect of your well written verse and I always enjoy reading about your outdoor adventures. I am sending wishes for a very Merry Christmas, Richard.
Joy L. Hale
|Reviewed by Donna Chandler
|An insightful look at the raven as well as the nature surrounding him. The last verse was the perfect ending and brought a smile to my face.
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|I like this one alot, Richard...I, of course, had to learn a couple new words and their meanings, but even that did not disuade me from reading all the way through and enjoying that read as well the third read as the first...I keep looking at the national weather forecast to see if u r getting any major snow in sou'western Colorado...Merry Christmas & a Happy & Prosperous New year...someone might as well prosper somewhere...Ed|
|Reviewed by RWEHAVING FUN
|you've captured a rare and nuanced look at raven through a multi-faceted lens,proving that a few well-chosen words is better than a thousand pictures, my friend... excellent use of imagery, onomatopoeia, and irony... a fresh look at an age old symbol, too priceless for a freeze frame... would that more of us would turn to understand better before it is too late! Merry Christmas, and a productive new year to you, Richard.|
|Reviewed by Shawn Field
|Ahhhhh Richard . . . great piece, truly! This puts me in mind of the Wallace Stevens' poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird only so much more personable and close. Autumn and winter in the NE always bring to mind such birds: ravens, blackbirds, vultures. This piece feeds and nourishes me . . . thank you.|
|Reviewed by Peter Paton
I saw my fist raven in Moab, Utah and it struck me as a solitary bird of the wilderness. It is the biggest of the Crow family and can also be recognized by its distinctive " Pruk " call. I absolutely love Colorado, and I can't wait until I return to Colorado City.
Marvellous musings indeed master craftsman
Happy Christmas and New Year 2012 Richard
Fraternal Greetings Brother
|Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger
|I hear the hush of the new fallen snow..the raven's movements are
sharp and clever. Capturing the solumn moment. Excellent write of
a holiday in Southwestern Colorado. Merry Christmas Richard
Peace and joy this holiday season ~ Lady Mary Ann
|Reviewed by Christine Tsen
|A harmony of grace and instinct are woven throughout this wonderful journey that leads right to that unexpected moment!
Merry Christmas Richard,