The Lesson

The Lesson

A Poem by Allen Smuckler
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We can learn from anyone ... or anything, if you look and listen hard enough.

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I felt Native American today …

A crow spoke to me for the first time.

It was in his language, but I understood.

 

He swooped down from the heavens

and landed gracefully at my shoeless feet.

I thought for a moment he had found his meal.

 

Instead, he peered up toward my bewildered gaze

and offered a bit of reassurance and calm.

I reciprocated in kind and a connection was made.

 

We sat together, he at my feet and me on a bench

over-looking Sarasota Bay, not far from downtown.

He began the conversation in a matter-of-fact manner.

 

“I’ve chosen you for a reason,” he cawed.

“It was not just coincidence or luck.

No, you and I are alike in more ways than you think.”

 

On the bench I remained startled but still,

something … an epiphany of sorts, took hold.

There was no fear or hatred between our hearts.

 

As the crow continued … in his language, I listened.

“There’s much work for us to do,” he declared,

“and so little time to bring the masses on board …”

 

“Will you help me get the word out to your species.”

“In your language?” I inquired.

“The truth,” he acknowledged, “is the same in all tongues.”

 

“Those who speak it, know it when it is found …

Those who don’t … care little for the consequences.

“We are beholden to each other, to do what’s morally right ...”

 

Am I moral enough to deliver the word, I wondered.

As if I spoke aloud, he answered, “Yes, we all are if we choose to be.” 

Our minds connected on the other side of illumination.

 

I joined and flew with my companion, into the cloudless sky,

where crows often soar to explore the nature of man.

I became a crow today, didn’t plan on it … just happened.

 

© 2021 Allen Smuckler


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Good to find nature and befriend her.
"I joined and flew with my companion, into the cloudless sky,
where crows often soar to explore the nature of man.
I became a crow today, didn’t plan on it … just happened"
I loved the above lines and the entire tale my friend. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 2 Months Ago


I love where you went with this & what you were trying to accomplish. You do a great job of making this sound like a Native-styled parable & your core lesson is compelling. My problem --> the crow sounds nothing like a wild creature. Speaking on behalf of a crow, this sounds too cerebral, the way humans overthink s**t. I would be more convinced if the crow spoke thru imagery, showing the sky in tears & stuff like that. This is just my opinion. Overall, you've done a great job of spelling out a meaningful timely parable (((HUGS)))

Posted 2 Months Ago


Allen Smuckler

2 Months Ago

Very good observation bg... I kinda meant it to be cerebral... you know to make people think a bit ... read more
we can never let go of that mandate to expression it is the fuel of souls and once tasted it can never be satiated but lord knows we will try:)

Posted 2 Months Ago


Allen Smuckler

2 Months Ago

Very Good point Robert...My belief is we should never stop trying...to get as many people we can on .. read more
Sounds like a truly wonderful experience. But if you see him again, and the first thing he says is "Nevermore," you might want to be careful.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Allen Smuckler

2 Months Ago

That's a good point, John ... and well taken. Thanks for the warning and for spending some time in m.. read more
Listening and understanding. Communication is key to resolve any dispute. Seeing the situation from the others point of view. I reckon it was a powerful tool becoming a crow for a day. I enjoyed your approach here Allen.

Chris

Posted 3 Months Ago


Allen Smuckler

3 Months Ago

Thanks Chris for reading and reviewing. I really appreciate your feedback. I am meticulous about edi.. read more
Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

You know, I always pay attention to content and the emotional pull with poetry. I'm afraid punctuati.. read more
"I listened.

“There’s much work for us to do,” he declared,

“and so little time to bring the masses on board …”"

Posted 3 Months Ago


An awesome poem with deep morality, understanding along with acceptance of others. Your message is very illuminating and worthy of sharing. It is so powerful when we just listen and learn, care and observe, live and let live. The other will become one with us when we reflect on our shared humanity.
You are a worthy poet.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Allen Smuckler

3 Months Ago

Thank you, Sami for your kind observations and feedback. As you are well aware, we feed off feedback.. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

Same here. You are spot on. You are welcome my friend.
“Those who speak it, know it when it is found …
Those who don’t … care little for the consequences.
“We are beholden to each other, to do what’s morally right ...”

WOW!! I love this whole write, this is amazing...
These lines stood out as a brilliant lesson.
Awesome

Posted 3 Months Ago


Allen Smuckler

3 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your kind words Alex. It seem so simple to be a decent ... honest ... and sinc.. read more

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Allen Smuckler
Allen Smuckler

Sarasota, FL



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I'm a poet, a singer, a peaceful gunslinger.. looking to share my poetry..and a little bit of me...if I dare I 've been writing since I was 18.... am slightly older now, and still trying to fin.. more..

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