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 honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.