From A Raven’s Point Of View

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads
Write a poem inspired by one of these images . . . 60 words or less.


Emily Carr, “Big Raven” (1931)

Keeping tabs
on earth
from high perch.
My stomach lurches seeing
Mother’s home mistreated. I constantly
swoop down and pick up people’s garbage.
Disregard for planet, intolerant
of their own species. Take me,
proud black bird. My friends do not
mirror me. Snowy owl comes to mind,
and gray heron. We respect nature.
So should you. I am keeping tabs.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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9 Responses to From A Raven’s Point Of View

  1. Oh the noble guardian ever watching our failures…Great interpretation of the painting.

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  2. Kerry O'Connor says:

    Someone or something should be keeping tabs!

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  3. I hope for such a noble guardian… maybe we need to listen more.

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  4. Mama Zen says:

    This is such a cool take on the prompt! I really enjoyed this.

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  5. Jim says:

    I’ll remember now the Ravens abounding. Thank you. Literally, the only raven that I knew for a long time was Poe’s rendition. Finally at about age 50 I saw some real ones, at the Tower of London.

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  6. hypercryptical says:

    An ever watchful guardian. I doubt whether we will ever change our ways…
    Anna :o]

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  7. Snowy owl comes to mind,
    and gray heron. We respect nature.
    So should you

    Black ravens so much misunderstood and maligned in the face of favored other light colored birds. They do a good job of clearing the garbage but not appreciated. Some people do find themselves in this predicament. Great way of sending the message, Sara!


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