The Stately Raven - Coco

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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The Stately Raven – Coco


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Parker pen and Black Quink ink with watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
In memory of Coco, my Black Crow (Corvus capensis) who spent 20 years with me.
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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
‘Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.’

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.’
- Extract from "The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe


9th June 2011 – FEATURED in “Shameless Self-Promotion”
12th June 2011 – FEATURED in “Sketching and Drawings”
12th June 2011 – FEATURED in “This & That”
14th June 2011 – FEATURED in “Playful Photogenic or Color-Painted Animals”
21st September 2011 – FEATURED in “Raven Heart”:
14th October 2011 – FEATURED in “Art on Everyday Material”

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