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Whispers by Joseph Carrabis

We meet where ravens fly

listening to their stories of Old Ones

(they are the last).

Feathered gods who walked like men,

their wings become swords,

their beaks black suns.

We can't resist

when they call us to worlds

of songships sailing diamond seas

to golden shores

to meet gods of other lands

filled with creatures

so different from us

that only Raven knows their name.

(they look at us and laugh.

"So awkward," they say.

"Those things of flesh and bone.

No spirit there. How can they know?")

We meet where ravens fly

carrying us to secret places

of kingdoms we've forgotten,

not understanding the eternity of men

is a whisper in the wind.


Joseph Carrabis told stories to anyone who would listen starting in childhood, wrote his first stories in grade school and started getting paid for his writing in 1978. His work history includes periods as a long-haul trucker, apprentice butcher, apprentice coffee buyer/broker, lumberjack, Cold Regions researcher, mathematician, semanticist, semioticist, physicist, educator, Chief Data Scientist, Chief Research Scientist, Chief Neuroscience Officer, Neuromarketer-in-Residence, and Chief Research Officer. Prior to becoming a full-time author, Joseph sat on several advisory boards including the Center for Multicultural Science and the Journal of Cultural Marketing Strategy. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research; an Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California's Center for the Digital Future; Director of Predictive Analytics, Center for Adaptive Solutions; and was an original member of the NYAS/UN's Scientists Without Borders program. He held patents covering mathematics, anthropology, neuroscience, and linguistics based on a technology he created in his basement and from which he created an international company. He retired from corporate life and now spends his time writing fiction and non-fiction based on his experiences. His work appears regularly in anthologies and his own novels. You can often find him playing with his dog, Boo, and snuggling with his wife, Susan. Learn more about him here and his work here.

Author's note

"Whispers" came during a poetry class I took. I studied more to learn about poetry than to write it as I never think of myself as a poet. Much of my prose and poetry is based on mythological, woodland concepts and probably because I spend much of my time with woodland creatures. Hope you enjoy.