Song of the Raven

The artwork portrays a young woman sitting on the grass with a crow perched on her hand. Both of them look at the crescent shining brightly in the night sky.
Illustration: The Moon Asked The Crow by Christian Schloe
We are spending more time apart than together
Playing silent games…

Are we lovers or ghosts, lighter than feathers,
Leaving nebulous stains?

Let my longing be nectar to your amorous venom,
Which leads me astray -

Our memories echo a murderous raven
Looking for prey.

Tenderness has become a torturous weapon
In your loving hands,

And I swallow my words like the earth swallows Heaven
Each time it rains…

25 thoughts on “Song of the Raven

    1. Dear Kevin, thank you for your heartfelt appreciation! It is a pleasure to be praised by such an excellent poet. Your succinct, evocative verses inspire me!
      With gratitude, Veronica

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      1. You are welcome for the praise, Veronica. It is, as I said above, a wonderful poem. And thank you for your kind words regarding my own poetry. Very best wishes, Kevin

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  1. Beautifully written and heartbreaking. I can feel the distance as described in this piece, especially with the line, “Are we lovers or ghosts?” Wow. That is powerful and poignant imagery. Excellent poem, Veronica. It has a wonderful rhyme scheme and it’s very moving.

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    1. I feel very flattered by your thoughtful comment, Lucy! This poem was meant to capture the anguish of separation, and it is highly gratifying to know you have perceived my feelings through the metaphors.☺️

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  2. Oh…. Veronica…. I love this one. Such beautiful phrases… and it has the “heart of a lion” (riffing off earlier conversation). “Our memories echo a murderous raven / Looking for prey.” — yes! when we don’t let bygones be bygones, they only cause more warring fray. I can certainly relate to this poem! Marvellous to read it today. 👌❤︎💙🔆

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    1. p.s. The image you’ve created is truly enchanting, by the way. Both with Schloe’s illustration, and with what you have to say. 👌

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      1. I’m happy you like it! Christian creates fascinating surrealistic art, reminiscent of the Victorian Era, and his painting inspired me to recreate the vintage aesthetic in my writing. 🥰

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    2. Many thanks, dearest Lia.💌

      I’m always looking forward to your comments – they bring me so much joy and inspire me to keep writing! Lovely reference to Cordelia, by the way.✨🦁
      Oh yes, intrusive thoughts are similar to wild birds – always travelling in clamorous flocks…

      It means the world to me when a poem resonates with my readers! Thank you for brightening my day. ☺️

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    1. Dear Gwen, thank you for the delightful comment! It is always a pleasure to hear from you. I’m trying to make the best of this summer! Even though my university studies are going to start in September, I promise to continue posting. ❤️

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      1. Please do as I’ll look forward to hearing from you. You’ll obviously be swamped with work but, hopefully,
        you’ll be able to keep developing your lovely poetry which I’ll also be looking forward to reading.
        Gwen.

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      2. Thank you for the wholehearted appreciation of my poetry, Gwen! I am sure we will stay in touch through our creative works!💌

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  3. “And I swallow my words like the earth swallows Heaven/Each time it rains…” reminds me of a stanza of Shakespeare’ s ‘Time and Love.’: “And the firm soil win of the watery main/Increasing store with loss, and loss with store…” It’s a powerful contrast of words and images to maximize the extremity of perspectives revealing the poet’s heightened sensitivity. Great Job, Veronica 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, I remember this sonnet now, Stephanie! The great bard remains one of my subconscious inspirations. I love the exquisite literary parallels you find, although my works are so very far from their sublime brilliance! Thank you for the generous praise – it is especially delightful to receive compliments from such a talented poet!😉

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      1. My Pleasure, Veronica 🙂 Likewise, I am pleased to have found your ethreally beautiful world of literature on the sea of internet. You are indeed a very talented poet rarely seen in our time. Keep writing! 🙂

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      2. This is precisely what I feel about you, as well, Stephanie! Meeting such a creative, ethereal soul felt like finding a hidden pearl in the oceanic depths. ✨☺️

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