Curse of the Raven

by Shelley Williams   May 14, 2016

The raven flares a curse
in the darkness of space,
The elements of earth
Hide in distance a place.

Haunted by a dark bird
as the stranger deceive,
Trapped in the hands
of the hard to believe.

Flight of the broken
underneath a full moon.
The magic of the wicked
an isolated monsoon.

Sharp is the glare
and the curse of the day.
The horrors of danger
take the light away.

The darkness settles
and covers the air,
Hidden eyes peering
are felt from nowhere.

The atmosphere flickers
with flashes of light,
A wing flaps rapid
an evil dark as the night.

A moon storm arises
and disrupts the flow,
It crashes like thunder
under the moon's glow.

Destruction of tempest
a blow to the night,
Eerie is the moment
when there is little light.

The moon rotates,
the shadows array,
A blackness revolting
in search of its prey.

The curse in a breath
and the raven will soar,
High above every turn
that the occult explore.

Time has no meaning
and life needs an end,
The bird of pure gloom
in the moonlight ascend.

Forever rages a doom
the raven curse spread,
The travels of danger
an abyss of pure dread.


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  • 2 years ago

    by Darren

    Judges comment

    I am picky.
    If anybody watches soccer they will know that if a ref brandishes a yellow card early in the game then he has set the tone and has to be as strict for the rest of the game. I have the same issue with judging. Now I have to find something wrong before I can appreciate the 'something good'
    What has caused me to drop this from 10 to 7 points in my own mind?
    The word 'and' in stanza 6 line 4.
    It interrupts the flow.
    It isn't needed.
    I like the rhyming
    I love the detail, the sentiment and the content.
    I just can't look away from this intrusive 'and'
    That aside it is a great poem and worthy of 7 points.

  • 2 years ago

    by Brenda

    Congratulations on your win! This is an amazing write! So full of dark scary imagery, it does remind me a lot of Poe's work- eerie, haunting, beautifully done!

  • 2 years ago

    by - Mr. Darcy


    well done on this weeks win.

    Take care,


  • 2 years ago

    by Milly Hayward

    Really liked your poem, full of dramatic imagery and good rhyming. Milly x

  • 2 years ago

    by The Poet Behind The Poems

    The word raven always makes me think of poe, although nothing like him. I found this piece to be just as inspirational to me, the flow and rhyme fitted perfectly. Your words consumed me with darkness but yet they glowed to me, what a brilliant piece, nominated 5/5 well done