Raven’s Song

It’s twilight and the Cat is tired. She and Raven played all day

in the wide, windy sky and danced the rumba in the treetops.

He tucks her into bed with a blanket he has made of leaves

and wants to sing a lullaby, but is afraid because his

voice sounds rough and raspy.

And yet when he begins to sing

Slumber my darling

Your Raven is near

Guarding your dreams

From terror and fear….

even the mice and the crickets of the forest become silent.

The Cat is too sleepy to understand his words.

She feels instead a longing in his voice.

And as she falls into her world of dreams,

his song coils around her in a ribbon of

saffron-colored petals.

©2010 J.M. Keating

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