Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door —
Only this, and nothing more."
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And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted — nevermore!
Edgar Allen Poe
Raven is a powerful bird and you will find him throughout The Sea Ranch. He is an excellent aviator and is one of our most vocal neighbours. Some scientists believe that he is able to communicate with others of his ilk in very sophisticated ways. He will eat almost anything and loves to steal bright things for his collection back at the nest. A while back, a painter was holding a plein air workshop. To emphasize his point he frequently waved his silver handled paint brush above his head. All was fine and good until he laid his very expensive brush down on top of his easle. Woosh! He never did see the brush ever again. As Poe would say "nevermore."
More black than Raven,
it does not get.