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Earth Listener

January 15, 2010
By Rosen-Queen GOLD, Branchburg, New Jersey
Rosen-Queen GOLD, Branchburg, New Jersey
13 articles 5 photos 6 comments

“Brother Raven, what is it that Mother Earth wants?” The young Navajo Native American said thoughtfully to a rather large ebony feather corvid sitting amongst the branches of a nearby tree. “Surely she wants what is best for all of the creatures she has placed onto this planet and those who have been created.”

Raven cocked his head to the side just a small bit, and looked down to the human child who had disturbed him while he lightly slept. “Do you speak for your kind or the well-being of the entire world? You humans have such a strange pyramid of important matters when your ideas of what matters most are completely different then what you believe.”

“But isn’t that what I’m asking you though?” The boy ran a hand through his dark hair. “What is the truth to what is important in life, at least according to you?”

The bird cawed out to the world harshly. “Take a look around you for the answers! We are born, we live, and we die. The most important thing is how we live, and make the best of the lives that we create for ourselves. A wolf cannot decide when it is born or the cycles of the moon but it can alone determine the fate of its pack and all of those who follow their rule as the leader, just as man can use his abilities to his best or worse. Example being how cruelly the white man has been to the black men from Africa and how man, as a whole, has disrespected the earth for far too long with their factories and their excessive waste of Nature’s gifts.”

The human, confused slightly at the Raven’s words, simply listed as he continued with his speech. “Are we all not of flesh and blood? Are we all simply the pieces in some great puzzle of fate and mere pawns in the chess game we call life? We must make the right move to carry on as we see fit, or together we will be trumped.”

“You confuse me more then I already was.” The creature heard his human companion at the base of the tree say. “I didn’t need to hear-“

“You didn’t need to hear?! Boy, if I were you I’d listen to everything around you! You may say you’re a being of the land but how can you even listen to the land when you fail to see what the past has to teach you about doing so?! Your ancestors were the true humans who were land-listeners, and you’d do right to follow in their footsteps, never unjustly accusing those who were of different skin color, who never shunned a man or woman for their strange-seeming beliefs. You all today are just corrupted: racial hatred, differences between you causing violence and bloodshed. It’s exactly like when the white men came over from their birth lands over seas and showed your father’s fathers and their great, great fathers these exact violent actions!”

He turned his back to the Native child. “Learn from your actions. I suggest you do that now.” And on silent wings he took flight, the winds seeming to echo the birds’ lastly said words.

The author's comments:
I have always loved the myths surrounding Native American culture, and so I decided to put my own take on the view of the Raven in Native American lore.

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Hilidan SILVER said...
on Feb. 3 2012 at 9:18 am
Hilidan SILVER, Istanbul, Other
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It is a very good work.Kepp writind!

on Aug. 11 2011 at 5:38 pm
Tongue_Blep PLATINUM, ????, Ohio
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wow that was amazing! ur an awesome writer!!!! if anyone had time could you check out my new story called Terror out of this world: The whole story

Aunt Kathy said...
on Mar. 21 2010 at 7:55 pm
What a fabulous writer you are Faith. I always enjoy reading your work!

dlipp said...
on Mar. 4 2010 at 7:43 am
As I read your prose, I was listening to music and realized they were one in the same

RNSUE said...
on Mar. 4 2010 at 7:41 am

I am in absolute awe. these pieces are magnificent, you have quite a gift, please keep writing

Vampireboy said...
on Mar. 3 2010 at 4:59 am
Very intresting i like it

annette8 said...
on Feb. 27 2010 at 8:46 am
Great piece. Keep writing and you will go far. We are so proud of you. Annette

watts said...
on Feb. 27 2010 at 8:44 am
What a great piece. Keep writing and you will go far. So proud of you.

Uncle Pat said...
on Feb. 24 2010 at 4:59 pm
Very well written Faith!!!! I'm truly impressed.

on Feb. 22 2010 at 12:33 pm
sydelle PLATINUM, Estacada, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"And I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear..."

Wow, I love how you voiced your views on the world through the dialogue of the raven... This was very deep and well thought out, not to mention well written! I absolutely adored it =]

Dan Vanish said...
on Feb. 13 2010 at 1:20 am
Nicely written, although it actually strikes me as too short which I guess was the whole point. All in all, a good one.

Dan Vanish said...
on Feb. 13 2010 at 1:20 am
Nicely written, although it actually strikes me as too short which I guess was the whole point. All in all, a good one.

jackie said...
on Feb. 10 2010 at 2:33 pm
O_O I LUV IT <3 X3

Takashi8188 said...
on Feb. 10 2010 at 7:49 am
wow...simply amazing Faith, a lesson more people need to take heart in

on Feb. 9 2010 at 6:53 pm
Wow... That's pretty amazing.

on Feb. 8 2010 at 9:58 pm
Very well written! Also a great wake up call to people who just go through the motions of life

Riht said...
on Feb. 8 2010 at 6:45 pm
Nice work!

stonewall said...
on Feb. 4 2010 at 3:27 pm
Nice work Faith I enjoyed it

Stormelle said...
on Feb. 3 2010 at 11:28 pm
Think I found you...<3 Lovely.

Lyfaster said...
on Feb. 3 2010 at 9:36 pm
Lyfaster, Somerville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renenwed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”

Great Job Faith. I knew you could make it!