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Why The Ravens Feathers Are Black

by Chris M. cgm carvings
WHY THE RAVEN'S FEATHERS ARE BLACK.
LONG, long ago the raven's feathers were white as snow. He was a beautiful bird, but the other birds did not like him because he was a thief. When they saw him coming, they would hide away the things that they cared for most, but in some marvelous way he always found them and took them to his nest in the pine-tree.
One morning the raven heard a little bird singing merrily in a thicket. The leaves of the trees were dark green, and the little bird's yellow feathers looked like sunshine among them.
"I will have that bird," said the raven, and he seized the trembling little thing.
The yellow bird fluttered and cried, "Help, help! Will no one come and help me!"
The other birds happened to be far away, and not one heard her cries. "The raven will kill me," she called. "Help, help!" Now hidden in the bark of a tree was a wood-worm."I am only a wood-worm," he said to himself, "and I cannot fly like a bird, but the yellow bird has been good to me, and I will do what I can to help her."
When the sun set, the raven went to sleep. Then the wood-worm made his way softly up the pine-tree to the raven's nest, and bound his feet together with grass and pieces of birch-bark. "Fly away," whispered the wood-worm softly to the little yellow bird, "and come to see me by and by. I must teach the raven not to be cruel to the other birds."
The little yellow bird flew away, and the wood-worm brought twigs, and moss, and birch-bark, and grass, and put them around the tree. Then he set them all on fire. Up the great pine-tree went the flames, leaping from bough to bough.
"Fire! fire " cried the raven. "Come and help me My nest is on fire!"The other birds were not sorry to see him flutter. "He is a thief," said they. "Let him be in the fire." By and by the fire burned the grass and the pieces of birch-bark that fastened his feet together, and the raven flew away. He was not burned, but he could no longer be proud of his shining white feathers, for the smoke had made every one of them as black as night.

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Comments

Neville Dinning Committed Premium   Independent Consultant
Interesting tale Chris. Many people from different parts of the world have their own stories explaining things like the colors of birds and animals. I'm sure they would give great inspiration for your wood carvings.
Sep 29th 2012 23:06   
Md Rezaul Karim Professional  Asst. Prof.
Well written and intelligently featured. Thank you for sharing.
Sep 30th 2012 04:46   
Otilia Moldovan Committed   Network Marketer
Great, inspirational story. It makes a good reading lessons not only for kids, but for us, too. Thanks for sharing it.
Sep 30th 2012 12:12   
Chris M. Innovator   cgm carvings
thanks guys for all the positive feed back i hope to bring you more short story's with a carving soon and always remember!!! "The start is what stops most people. I reallzed early on
that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this
bussiness gave up and went on to other things.
if you simply didn't up, you would outlast who came in on the bus with"
Sep 30th 2012 13:40   
Farida Yeasmin Afrin Junior  Feelancer, cloth designer, homemaker
Simply brilliant concept to deal with.
Oct 1st 2012 12:54   
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