Ravens

Raven in Red Elderberry, Sharon Guenther

“When you get what you want, not what you wish…” said the first raven. “When you no longer seek your reflection in others’ eyes…” said the second. “When you see yourselves face to face…” said the third. “Then,” the ravens intoned in unison, “you will have found what you truly seek.”

Adam Gidwitz

This watercolor of a raven was painted by a friend. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was going to be mine. The painting hangs next to the front door and watches over the house when I leave. 

Ravens are often thought to be diabolical and ill-omens.  They are considered the bird of death. I’m sure the popularity of Edgar Allan Poe’s, The Raven, didn’t help the poor bird’s image. In reality, they are clever, intelligent, and inquisitive. Ravens have been kept in the Tower of London for centuries to bring good luck and prevent disaster.  Some Native Americans see the raven as a creature of metamorphosis, symbolizing  transformation. 

Like most animals and people, there are often more sides to who they are than are first apparent. Sometimes it requires we look deeper to find the truth. It’s easier to make a judgement on a first impression or what others have said. Maybe, occasionally, it’s worth taking a second look. 

You can find the artist’s work at http://rosehipdesignstudio.com

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