Massive raven, clever corby dear,
Your spirit will ever haunt me here,
With your jabbing bill and loyal mate,
With whom you would quarrel, call and grate.
I still hear the silky rustle of your jet wings
And the rattling lid of the rubbish bin
As you scavenged for scraps or chased the cat,
Looping the loop, a maniac aerobat:
Unkindness of ravens, trickster and dark clown,
Arthur’s soul with Camelot’s crown:
Are you a god or are you a ghost?
Is your soul damned or is it lost?
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
Emily Carr, “Big Raven” (1931)