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.'
(Excerpt from The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe)
Digital collage created from original photos of American crow, archway at Hatley Castle (Victoria, B.C.) and top of entranceway at Empress Hotel (Victoria, B.C.).