When bloody flooding killed the human race
And brand-new oceans put man in his place,
Except for those who carried mankindís seed,
I, first of creatures, snubbed what law decreed,
While I mocked yielding to the Lordís command,
For which, I think, a poet would declare,
ďThe sin revealed on sea was cleansed on land.Ē
Now I wonít fill my brood with banquet fare
Until I see plumes blacken on their skin.
Remove a letter, I will lack my kin.
When Godís seas punished vile abomination
And water cleansed our sinís contamination,
I would fulfill, first, Fatherís proclamation,
Marking with fruit the start of Earthís salvation.
I always bear a heart, thus, thatís serene
And stay a joyous bird without dark spleen.
I always come before clear light with light,
And, brilliant sign of sun, which makes things bright,
I am deflected angling through air.
I love the East, for brilliance starts out where
Indiaís lands discern an early glow.
O yielding to Godís law was once delightful!
Alas! Proud, I then fell while feeling spiteful,
And so revenge undid a deadly foe,
And thus six friends and I ascend the skies;
Books can reveal them when a readerís wise.
(Answers: 63, Raven; 64, Dove; 81, Lucifer/Morning Star)