little chants hold much power

little chants hold much power

A Poem by The Raven King

hallowed ground hallowed ground

the beasts come here to pray

sacred earth sacred earth

the children come and play

make-a pi-le make-a pi-le

they all chant as one

the branch drips dew

the moon drips new

the earth drips you

make-a pi-le make-a pi-le

red and brown and gold

gather up the scattered ones

make use of all things old

make-a pi-le make-a pi-le


all corpses stacked up high

they crunch and crinkle

and crush and sprinkle

as children

fling themselves


Mother Goddess walks the winters nude

and bears her body for all to see

until the spring brings new attire

of pink and purple and green

but soon the living garment falls

a carpet on the ground

and there will be

the tiny hands

and voices all around 

make-a pi-le make-a pi-le

stack it high

to the sky

frog and rabbit


look and see

what we can do

crunch and crinkle

crush and sprinkle

ashes ashes we all fall down

and get back



we get


make-a pi-le make-a pi-le

               make-a pi-le make-a pi-le

                              make-a pi-le make-a pi-le

         make-a pi-le

© 2011 The Raven King

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this is enchanting.. it garners both a small smile for the dreamy child-like structure, and a deep sense of satisfaction for the story of life's cycles unfolding within. you hide (just like in all the old nursery rhymes) a profoundly meaningful story within each stanza..

wonderful, playful structuring

Posted 7 Years Ago

There's something rather "Grimm-esque" about this one. It conjures images of olden tales and not-so-child-friendly nursery rhymes--I love it!

Posted 7 Years Ago

hmmm... interesting. Thought provoking for sure. Only one thing: you used the wrong form of to. ;-)

Posted 7 Years Ago

very creative you should do well in the contest

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Added on August 18, 2010
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