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jwesley
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Rim Of The Canyon


Cawed, I did,
like that raven
sitting on the canyons rim,
his voice echoing
far better than mine -
coarse, guttural,
like a lost tribe
hidden just below the rim
trying to stay that way,
using the sounds of nature
to mask their own.
.
Though poor at imitation,
I now teeter
on that canyon's edge,
and much like the raven
spread my arms,
as he does his wings,
giving homage to
the sun's dying light,
wishing I could fly -

The raven,
as if he listened to my thoughts,
falls over the rim,
drops a hundred feet,
silently rises on the updraft,
hovers just yards from my face . . .
and he chortles,
that queer, laughingnoise
ravens make,
as if taunting me,
my lack of feathers.

I hold out the almond bar
on which I'd been nibbling,
he slides in and
with the lightest of touches,
takes it away.

The raven,
with a slight tip of wing,
slides away going down, down,
disappearing into the depths below.

Caw, I hear, echoing from wall to wall,
coarse, guttural,
like a lost tribe
hidden just below the rim,
trying to stay that way,
using the sounds of nature
to mask their own.
.
.
.
.

wesley james beard, jr.


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P.U Stinkenbaum
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I like ravens. It's the gypsy in them. Peter Beagle's "A Fine And Private Place" relates a tale of a man's 'friendship' with one...not unlike yours Mr. Beard. A raven will get as close to you as what it is you have that he wants.

Great poem, great story.

Just out looking for the real me...

jwesley
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I've had 3 over the last 50 or more years. Two hand raised - very, very intelligent birds, with a sense of humor and quite possessive of things.  Now they're illegal to have.

thanks for coming in my friend.
Poet In Pink
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Wonderful read J I  could see everything so clearly through your word painting ~ A most delightful read ~ Thank you ~ Alana
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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Thanks for taking me there to that Raven place, it was wonderful. But then, it always is no matter where you take us. ~L
jwesley
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5 posted 05-22-2017 11:01 AM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

Lori and Pink - This was based on an experience of mine at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA  when I visited a couple years ago.   A raven actually did take part of an Almond Joy from my fingertips - then hovered on almost motionless wings a couple yards past the rim (on the updraft , I'm sure) waiting for more.  An awesome experience!
 
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