The Raven Dance

Let’s go into the desert,
and watch the ravens dance
we’ll find an odd companion
and wander away the day

Who has wandered this desert
what life was ever found?
There is no water
no shade or ease
this place of death
and drought.

We’ll find a thirst
and our desire
and watch the ravens dance
We’ll eat and sleep
and eat again
a rhythm till we rise.

The desert doesn’t last
It’s where the saints have gone
to listen for the Wind
and watch the angels dance.

1 Kings 19:5-9

1 Kings 17:1-5


The wilderness, the desert, the “dark night of the soul” are places of invitation.  We only discover the “invitation to what?” by moving into those places.  It can be unsettling to be there, to feel very alone.  But there is a treasure there that cannot be found anywhere else.

About Mary Herbert

I am a gentle listener, a woman of few words. My journey through life has been a spiritual one, as well as a physical one. My daughter, Katie, and I thought it would be interesting to combine some of our giftings/talents in a blog and see what happens. Let us know what you think!

2 thoughts on “The Raven Dance

  1. Hello Mary,
    I remember the birth of this poem in our time together in SD. So lovely to see your poetry in print!
    I hope and pray you are doing well. Sending my hug,


    1. Thanks Kym. I am doing well and hope you are as well. I think of you often and our time together in SD. I was very fortunate and blessed in our group.


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