Ravens #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem

Each day during April, I will write a poem-ish piece inspired by the avian world. I have left my challenge open so that the poems may take any form — haiku, free verse, borrowed line, blackout — and who knows which direction they will go in.

Day #26: Ravens (free verse)


Like jets flying
no detours
no layovers
back and forth they go
again and again
early-morning sorties
nest to nest
caring for their young
with precious cargo.

— Christie Wyman, 2021 (draft)

A peek at my process — During Sunday’s early-morning bird walk, we witnessed ravens flying back and forth from multiple nests to a nearby mobile chicken coop. We stood half horrified, half in awe as they stole one fresh egg from the coop at a time, flew it back to their nestlings, and then repeated their short journey again and again. Through binoculars, I could see the egg nestled in their beaks. Astounding.

And now for…

Participants in the Poetry Friday community have launched the 9th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche took over last year as the organizer. This years poem is a lovely blend of kindness, friendship, and nature. My writing buddy Tim Gels takes over today, choosing a line from two gifted to him by Shari Daniels. You may read his lines (wonderful, BTW) on his blog, Yet There Is Method. I’m excited (stressed actually) to choose the 29th and penultimate line and to provide options for the closer on Thursday, April 29th. (Seriously…what was I thinking!) I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

2021 Progressive Poem Itinerary:

1 Kat Apel at katswhiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method at https://timgels.com
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All

2 thoughts on “Ravens #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem

  1. What were you thinking, indeed?! I love your poem today. As I was reading it, I wondered what it was they were stealing. We don’t have ravens in Alabama, but I had a number of things in my mind as an answer to the question. Eggs weren’t on the list. 🙂


  2. I love how you offer several options for talking of the birds: “thieves/ looters/ parents.” It’s all in the way you look at it. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com


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