tom and the raven

Them Damn Hamiltons

tom looks up and sees a raven
a raven on the wings of night, making shadow out of light

tom climbs up to kiss the raven
pays no mind to thorn and bramble, feathers more than he can handle

tom takes raven by the claw
says show me how to fly around, tell me that you never fall
what’s it like to dive to the ground, how can men like me look so small?

some birds only prey at night and think nothing at all of flight
some men only live to die and never ask their killers why

tom finds words to sing to raven
sees her with her feathers black, reaches out to touch her back
she spreads her wings out at the sound and tom falls right back to the ground

some birds only prey at night and think nothing at all of flight
some men only live to die and never ask their killers why

raven watches from the trees, head cocked at his broken knees
waiting for his final breath, to feast on ordinary death