Ravens Hiding in a Shoe Poem by Robert Bly

Ravens Hiding in a Shoe

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There is something men and women living in houses
Don't understand. The old alchemists standing
Near their stoves hinted at it a thousand times.

Ravens at night hide in an old woman's shoe.
A four-year-old speaks some ancient language.
We have lived our own death a thousand times.

Each sentence we speak to friends means the opposite
As well. Each time we say, "I trust in God," it means
God has already abandoned us a thousand times.

Mothers again and again have knelt in church
In wartime asking God to protect their sons,
And their prayers were refused a thousand times.

The baby loon follows the mother's sleek
Body for months. By the end of summer, she
Has dipped her head into Rainy Lake a thousand times.

Robert, you've wasted so much of your life
Sitting indoors to write poems. Would you
Do that again? I would, a thousand times.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Dr Antony Theodore 10 July 2020

Mothers again and again have knelt in church In wartime asking God to protect their sons, And their prayers were refused a thousand times. The baby.. seeks mother's lap. very fine poem. lovely feelings. tony

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