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05 Noisey Raven

… croaking and honking outside… hmmm… with all this haiku research i now look up the cultural significance of the Raven… it’s an ambiguous omen… a mediator between the living and the dead it can portend transformation, and therefore, rebirth, prophecy, insight, but also sickness and death… here is what a wikipedia article has to say about it generally…

Many references to ravens exist in world lore and literature. Most depictions allude to the appearance and behavior of the wide-ranging common raven (Corvus corax). Because of its black plumage, croaking call, and diet of carrion, the raven is often associated with loss and ill omen. Yet, its symbolism is complex. As a talking bird, the raven also represents prophecy and insight. Ravens in stories often act as psychopomps, connecting the material world with the world of spirits.1