Consider the Ravens [Luke 9: 58; 12:24]

I neither sow nor reap.

I dine at seed bags left in shade.

I drink from wells that pool

beneath the bucket’s ticking drip.

I am king of barns, emperor of silos.

I rise on grace and air.

I do not work for my buoyant bones,

my fat beak and sooty song.

I labor only for string and sticks,

for long dry grass and leaves

to build the ample nest you notice

here above your head,

the bed you sigh for

when night comes cold

and you, still in the open,

lie down under trees.

For nests I dare the breathless flight

between the slinking cat’s green eye

and small slung stones of boys.

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