Conversations with Ravens

A gogyohka, which translates in Japanese to five line poem. It has five lines – that is it. For Lynda’s prompt at dVerse Poets Pub, artwork by Jackie Hulbert. Pick a painting and write how it inspires you.  Thank you for the wonderful prompt Lynda!

Conversations with Ravens
“And the Raven’s couch is spread with weeds, High on the hollow tree;” – Thomas D’Arcy McGee, The Penitent Raven

talking to ravens is best done
when one is alone –
the raven will not laugh at the conversation –
it will carry it in its beak
and place it carefully in its nest

used by permission of Jackie Hulbert conspiring with ravens


31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. msjadeli
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 17:07:00

    I love your idea of what is told to the raven being a shiny bauble that will be taken and hidden in a safe place where new life will grow.


  2. Charmed Chaos
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 17:12:20

    I love this Toni. Those ravens are known for collecting treasures, and this poem is one!


  3. map195
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 17:28:00

    nice share


  4. Dr. Crystal Grimes
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 17:32:05

    I read your title and immediately thought: Quoth the raven, Nevermore! I like the idea of the raven keeping conversations, unlike Poe’s raven, which meant no good. 🙂


  5. Carol J Forrester
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 17:32:24

    This is such lovely imagery. I can so clearly see the raven taking the conversation and placing it in its nest. Beautifully crafted.


  6. Kathy Reed
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 19:15:09

    Intelligent creatures, Ravens. Cool take on the painting.


  7. merrildsmith
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 21:13:48

    Oh yes! I love this, Toni!


  8. Truedessa
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 21:15:33

    This raven is wise and knows how to keep a secret as it carries the message home.


  9. Carrie V. H.
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 21:32:43

    I absolutely love this poem Toni! Gorgeous!! 😍


  10. Grace
    Jun 18, 2019 @ 22:25:46

    Lovely form and I found it intriguing to have a conversation with ravens.


  11. Christine Irving
    Jun 19, 2019 @ 11:18:11



  12. Frank Hubeny
    Jun 19, 2019 @ 11:56:46

    I like how the raven saves the conversation in its nest.


  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 19, 2019 @ 15:30:43

    I really love the wisdom of the raven… we all need such friends.


  14. memadtwo
    Jun 19, 2019 @ 16:58:02

    Ravens are clever. (K)


  15. purplepeninportland
    Jun 19, 2019 @ 17:14:27

    Sound like a book to me. “Conversations With A Raven.”


  16. coalblack
    Jun 19, 2019 @ 18:43:37

    One more reason to love ravens.


  17. lynn__
    Jun 20, 2019 @ 10:47:33

    I like how your ravens handle one’s secrets gently 🙂


  18. robtkistner
    Jun 20, 2019 @ 12:16:35

    Wonderful interpretation of Jacquline’s art. I almost went with the ravens Well written Toni


  19. Frank J. Tassone
    Jun 21, 2019 @ 17:48:38

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #7: Toni’s latest #gogyohka for #DversePoets!


  20. Frank J. Tassone
    Jun 21, 2019 @ 17:49:34

    Love this, Toni! I used the same image in my #quatrain post! 😀


  21. Sherry blue sky
    Jun 21, 2019 @ 22:12:22



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