The Craven, the Maven & the Raven

The Craven, the Maven & the Raven

A Poem by Jeremy Baker

The Craven, settled in the west,

must sleep always with one eye open

lest any lingering morality catch him unawares.

No comfort found from within his habitat,

no healing for his bruised knuckles and knees.

Eyes hollow, heart locked,

he follows a threadbare path.

His song has no words,

yet he seeks his pied piper, to lead him

along a path devoid of resistance.


The Maven belches and grins,

but smiles not with his eyes, which never close,

lest any lingering, lisping equality

turn his face to the common folk.

Much comfort to be had from the fruits of others' labours,

exploited without guilt.

His words will fit the song,

else he changes the music,

to keep calling the tune for mankind to dance to.

They will surely follow,

even if he knows not where he is leading;

only the latest and greatest will do,

even if it is just a can of soup.


The Raven, cruel offspring of both Craven and Maven,

cares not about who occupies the castle

nor who works their hands to the bone;

all carcasses will be picked clean at the end.

He does not sing, he does not march;

he will not belong to the losing side.

Win or lose, live or die,

your best efforts benefit his dark desires;

blood red eyes see the place your soul once occupied.

Cruel laughter at your attempt at life,

his morning song is no mourning for you,

just exclamation to his god, his own reflection.

© 2012 Jeremy Baker

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A very interesting write Jeremy! Excellently written woven with intrigue and deepness. I am going to put this in our featured poem section at Alberts! Thanks Jeremy and very good work again!

Posted 11 Years Ago

Dark and with good Bite!

Posted 12 Years Ago

" The Raven, cruel offspring of both Craven and Maven"

I like your creativity and this reminds me of The Addams Family.

Posted 12 Years Ago

Interesting....the raven is compared to the likes of a mule. An undesirable offspring. This is very clever penning my friend.


Posted 12 Years Ago

Jeremy, ill be honest,
I missed your poems,
you picked an emotion and described it very well.
i like the clarity of the poem which you can picture this with

Posted 12 Years Ago

Love your word choice, your style. Your work is a pleasure to read.

Posted 12 Years Ago

wonderful! I love this so much :)

Posted 12 Years Ago

very nice great poem. i really like it, you have great imagination which is nicely reflected in every line of the poem

Posted 12 Years Ago

Jeremy, this was an awesome read! Love the chacter and the imagery that built such a wonderful story within this well written poem!

Posted 12 Years Ago

Three pawns in the game of war and battles, this has great depth of characters and their make, makes for an interesting read Mr. Baker, well done.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on February 19, 2012
Last Updated on February 22, 2012


Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

Busselton, South West, Australia

I'm a former English & Literature teacher who has always enjoyed the magic, power and simple romance of words well written. My favourite writers include Pablo Neruda, Liam O'Flaherty, Anthony Eaton.. more..


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