The Raven Runes

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March 1, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a raven. It can be in nature or used to describe humanity as a metaphor. Follow the bird. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by March 6, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published March 7). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

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Raven
stealer of souls
when seen in groups of three
Goddess Morrigan’s familiar
trickster
Augurs interpret messages
by which way the bird flies
divine omens
rebirth

The crone found it hard to dispute the wisdom of the Runes. Her predictions usually rang true. If so, the harbinger of death was on his way.

The corvid flew in from the east landing in an oak tree, chanting, “I’m not here to claim your soul, I’m here to set you free.”

The trappings of age fell away. She rose from the Chrysalis shedding her sheltered state. Then, she began to write…

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro


This poem is a Butterfly Cinquain (9 lines, with syllables per line: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, 8, 6, 4, 2). I guess you could call this a Butterfly Cinquain Haibun. Visually, the poem takes the shape of a butterfly but for this exercise, I thought it looked like a raven’s wings. Creativity takes many shapes.

One of my favorite myths about the raven is how they bring about transmutation or rebirth. ❤

happy saturday

 

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