Fledgling Raven

 Fledgling Raven

For Rebecca Lueke

In Memoriam




One bitter cold December morn

A fledgling raven in her nest

“To fly…” she dreamt, “To fly!”

A fluttering heart her sable breast

Could scarce contain. Headlong she leapt

And swooping touched

The snow’s first winter fall.


The forest silent fell. Behold,

A tender palm her downy plumage caught

And bore aloft to heights no eye can scale.


“No nest can house a fearless heart,”

God whispered as her wings, unfurled,

Fanned out across the blue.


“Your wish is granted,” said He then,

“Seek out a higher sky.

For it is my eternal will

That ravens fly on high.”



Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

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