A Night Such As This

by Scott Utley

On a night such as this, in a land far away, came the Raven, joyously surfing the warm winds
of night, a breathtaking sight with such effortless might, mocking the dusk with her
spellbinding flight. A luminous bird with jet-black bright eyes, an aerial bomber seeking out
lies, the truth of her passion seared holes in the sky. She held close to her heart a message
which bore, "I am Raven of Faith. I'm a great beast in haste. I'm the very same bird of your
ancestors lore!" Our entire town cheered! Without reason to fear, we silenced our awe so each
one could hear. She circled our village with precision and glee. There were moments it seemed
she looked right into me. And although it was night, the sky was still bright; a thrilling,
quite stunning, brilliant white light! She finally descended our ancient oak tree. We
gathered around, my people and me. We made certain and sure all our babies could see. "Come
hither dear friends. It's been such a long time. My heart is near bursting to give you G-d's
rhyme. His word is His promise and now is the time." As she started to speak, our knees
became weak. Some of us fainted, a few of us shook, but most of our babies just giggled and
looked. Our loving Creator expressing His mind had fashioned your souls at the beginning of
time. An infinite number of worlds came to be, much like the proverbial flowering tree. He
gave each soul free will which you all possess still, so thanks for embracing me here on this
hill. Now turn your gaze high. Just look at that sky! The words written there will make your
hearts sigh. "My treasure, my children, you are all dear to me. Everyone's here I am happy to
see. First may I say how proud you've made me? You are my divine proof how great love can be.
While other worlds plundered my great gifts of wealth, you consistently used them with wisdom
in health. You have never waged war. You have never kept score. You give all your heart and
when asked you give more. You have treated this land with the utmost respect. You have never
shown hate nor callous neglect. You have never preach lies nor righteous division. You use
all of my love in every decision. While others defamed you, you sincerely forgave, so all of
your souls I will assuredly save. Know without doubt, we'll never part, for forever we live
with the same beating heart." Then there was silence as our hearts filled with bliss. It was
a magical moment not to be missed, as we savored the warmth of our sweet Savior's kiss, when
the Raven did come on a night such as this.

Written by Scott Utley Topanga Canyon, California All Rights Reserved


Posted on 08/16/2006
Copyright © 2019 Scott Utley

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/17/06 at 03:50 AM

Quite, quite splendid!

Posted by Timothy Wilson on 03/15/09 at 08:03 AM

this like the others of yours has blown my mind great work

Posted by Michael Smith on 01/21/10 at 12:19 AM

My favorite two lines: "Some of us fainted, a few of us shook,/but most of our babies just giggled and looked." These lines (and most of your library really) really says a lot about you and your insight into life... you must be a hell of a father.

The moment in this poem where everyone looks into the sky, and it's as if their hearts have finally been validated -- like the Lord's great love which everyone had to have faith in before has just been confirmed... that is a lovely depiction, and something those "in tune" might be fortunate enough to feel often. Very beautiful.

I think the most interesting thing about this poem is how it tells a story of an ideal world, as if it were something we can point to and say, "See, that's something we can work toward!"... something we can whip out for our children and our grandchildren. Loved it.

Posted by Kimberly Bauer on 12/30/10 at 01:27 AM

Wow. As I read this I flew with her.. great. I am impressed.

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