Thursday, March 06, 2008

Poem(s) of the Week

This week, I thought I'd post a few very short poems.... I suppose I could post just one, but they seem too short for that, like only one would be cheating.

I chose the first one to help honor my One Million Blogs for Peace commitment. The other two I chose because they are short and just because.... The third poem is my contribution for the theme of "change," this week's One Single Impression prompt.


The call to arms is


Lonely buglers

Trumpet sad melodies

Of unborn dreams

Into the bellies of weeping women.

- Katherine E. Rabenau


Such flight must surely be magnificent

Must loose the soul to higher worlds

It is too beautiful to be merely practical

Look how he dances, glides and swoops

Within the endless depth of sky

So certain of his power

So easy on the wind

Look how the heavens carry him about

Above the rugged
spires of a dying world.

Katherine E. Rabenau

October 1, 1999

Live as big as th
e sky, she said

And I felt my heart awaken and take note

As big as the sky? it asked?

Can I do that?

I don’t know, I said,

Liking always to be truthful.

But we can try.

Katherine E. Rabenau


Dianne said...

Posting just one would be cheating me! I love your poems Ravens. These 3 are so hopeful yet real, sad and uplifting - just beautiful.

I would name a favorite but that would be cheating the other two :)

little wing writer said...

all three were beautiful... loved the line "live as big as the sky" ... so much hope in that...

lissa said...

I like awakening, like a conversation with yourself.

Tumblewords: said...

Indeed, these are lovely - hopeful words and thoughts...uplifting and inspiring.

Linda Murphy said...

I feel like that last poem is giving me some strength today, when I really need it.

They are all beautifully composed and some times the short poems, clear and concise, deliver the most lasting message. Great work.

SandyCarlson said...

Delightful. I know the apprehension expressed in the third poem. But the words come back from the universe, "Of course you can live as big as the sky!"
Writin g in Faith: Poems

maryt/theteach said...

Very nice, Katherine! :D

Raven said...

Thank you, everybody, for taking the time to read these and for your kind words. My inner poet is feeling very comforted.

Roswila said...

"So easy on the wind

Look how the heavens carry him about

Above the rugged spires of a dying world."

What an image! Very impactful.

Unknown said...

Love them...I think you've shared the middle one with me before. You're an awesome writer! Keep it up!

Raven said...

roswila, kim - thank you. I've always been kind of fond of the eagle poem which I wrote ages and ages ago. I the last years I've lived in places where I actually got to SEE live eagles fly. From my window in my house I watch the hawks dance in the sky. What a cool thing to be able to do.

qualcosa di bello said...

wonderful! i have always felt that a bird which soars so beautifully must feel the joy in it

Raven said...

thank you qualcosa di bella... hawks and eagles in particular always look to me like they are just having glorious good fun up there. I rather envy them the experience.

Unknown said...

As one who has sadly "dried up" with his poetry, I admire yours immensely!:)

Raven said...

thank you michael... most of my stuff is old... I'm hoping that by posting some of it, I can re-awaken my poetry cells....