The raven's rock
is often sought, dark sentinels
these ravens, squawk
visions, this night form of the hawk
tells truth to those who seek their ills
and hidden thoughts - symbol all's well
this raven's rock.
by Margaret Bednar, June 14, 2013 (corrected 6-14-2013: added line 4 and changed slightly to better follow the form of a Rondel -)
The raven is often heard to cackle utterances that sound like "cras cras", which in Latin, means tomorrow. This helps the legend that the raven was able to foretell the future and reveal omens and signs. It was also believed by the Indians that a person's hidden fears could be revealed by a Raven.
This is for "dVerse - Form for All - Rondel" which is a VERY hard poetry format and we were given the go ahead to play a bit with the format. For a detailed explanation of what a rondel is, click on the link.
In doing research for this post, the host had a hard time finding traditional examples that followed the rules. It seems that "back in the day" this form wasn't very popular. Hence, the leniency for which I am very grateful.
I will hesitantly link this up with Imaginary Garden with Real Toad's - Artistic Interpretation - Cowboy Poetry (hosted by ME). The image is Merri Melde's photography for her website "The Equestrian Vagabond". And her horse BLOG of the same name. This poem is not traditional "cowboy poetry" but it does deal with the west and a western symbol - the Raven, which is often seen as a symbol of death, not light, as Native Americans believed.