Black creature – a riddle

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For the longest time in history

this creature was a mystery.

An animal, evil in its eyes

it was called death in disguise.

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Considered a witches confidant,

it was the bad women’s best friend.

Mystical and black as coal

it was considered carrier of a human soul.

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It was called dirty, and ‘devil’s slave’

often found on a newly dug grave.

It was attacked with slingshots and stones

caught and tortured to the bones.

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So many of them had to die

thinking about it makes me cry.

Still nowadays do people sneer

while they actually feel fear.

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In truth who would have thought

they all have a quite bright spot.

Intelligent and family bound

protective and smart they stand their ground.

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Proud and clever one can see

them in wolves’ and predators’ company.

 They always warn who’s ever there

of danger, darkness from in the air.

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They love to collect some sparkling things

having lairs with silver, gems and golden rings.

They’ve got commanders, lieutenants and even spies,

they comfort each other if one cries.

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For centuries they were called bad

it took a while until humans had

accepted that they are quite rife

and too insight into their life.

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Meanwhile it’s clear he’s bright and black

but doesn’t bring departed back.

He’s social, smart and never craven

Our big, dark, shiny, handsome raven.

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(Copyright, February 16, 2016, Aurora Jean Alexander)

 

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Picture courtesy of: By Alan Vernon - Flickr: Common Raven (Corvus corax), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18301135

Picture courtesy of: By Alan Vernon – Flickr: Common Raven (Corvus corax), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18301135

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10 thoughts on “Black creature – a riddle

    • Thank you Lockie! I’m happy to hear you like it! 🙂 I read about ravens a lot since they fascinated me and I learned they collected shiny things and in some “raven lairs” there were things found like broken porcelain shards, silver spoons and jewelry. As long as it’s shiny they love to collect it. 🙂

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