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On a Wing and a Prayer (Updated)

January 5, 2009 | 29 Comments

Many of you have asked why I returned to the nest.

Once upon a time, I was known as The Raven Atheist. I would occasionally alight to wet my beak at Dawn Eden’s blog, The Dawn Patrol. On February 16, 2006, she posted a entry entitled The Bird’s the Word, about an avian-themed headline she had inspired at The New York Daily News. The poignancy of it all drove me to leave the following appeal in the comments section:

Perhaps if you pray thusly I will convert:

Our Feather, who Lark in Heaven, Swallow be thy name.
Thy Kingfisher come, thy Bill be done, Heron Earth as Ibis in Raven.
Gizzard this Jay, Owl daily bread, and Corvid us our Thrush Thrashers, as we forgive Crows Hoot trespass against us.
And lead us not into Wren-Quail-Tern, but deliver us from Emus.
For thine is the Wingdom, the Plover, and the Lorry, for ever and ever.

A Hen.

For this, I have no Egrets.


Christine the Soccer Mom asks: Wren are you going to stop the punnery?

A: Tonightingale.

Carla asks: Leave me aloon.

A: Remember how Six feared Seven because Seven Eight Nine? Well, Toucan not leave One aloon.

Doogie says he has been chicken out my blog and demands that I “dodon’t stop.”

A: I promise you that this is only the penguining.

Lily cautions that I’ll end up in the nuthatch from waxwing my punnery skills.

A: With all the cuckoos from the comments section?

Lily now says she meant “waxwing poetical.”

A: It was a mynah error.

Carla says: Some chick once sang You Can Crow Your Own Way.

A: That was Phoebe Nicks of Tweetwood Mac.


29 Responses to “On a Wing and a Prayer (Updated)”

  1. FrigFear
    January 6th, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    You used to wood-pecker cardinals and screech-owl night long then we osprey for you.  Heron this day with such a I goose you’re gull-ing cuckoo, but now I grouse you’re just a quack.

  2. FrigFear
    January 6th, 2009 @ 12:21 am

    *with such a change I goose

  3. Doogie
    January 6th, 2009 @ 8:08 am

    I’ve been chicken out your blog for a few days now; I first learned of it wren “Crossed The Tiber” linked to you.  I love your wordsmithing!  Dodon’t stop!

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  5. Christine the Soccer Mom
    January 6th, 2009 @ 9:34 am

    I’m glad I finished my coffee before I came over, or you’d owe me a new display.  ;)

    Wren will this punnery end?

  6. Carla
    January 6th, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    Leave me aloon.

  7. Joanne
    January 6th, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    I can’t seem to think of any good avian puns, birdbrain that I am.

  8. Lily
    January 6th, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

    Ah, the Raving Theist can’t help waxwing his punnery skills. It is in his nature. I however, will end up in the nuthatch if he keeps it up!

  9. Lily
    January 6th, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    err– where is the edit button? That should be waxwing poetical–  I am getting senile and my head is full of junco, these days.

  10. Carla
    January 6th, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    Some chick once sang You Can Crow Your Own Way.

  11. JoAnna
    January 6th, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    I cry fowl.

  12. Niall Mor
    January 6th, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

    All this seems rather birdbrained to me–a real fly-by-night operation :).

  13. Mary Herboth
    January 6th, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

    Very funny. What a gift! How about “ospray-wren” for temptation?
    A blessed Epiphany!

  14. Melissa
    January 6th, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    Well, this chickadee doesn’t have much to say. Looks like everyone is robin me of all the good puns!! :) RT, you’re such a card(inal)!!! LOL

  15. mk
    January 6th, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

    Perhaps you should be called the raven atheist?  It seems you’re still duck-ing the question tho.    How long must we wade?  Is this a lark?  Are you mocking us?  For the love of owl that’s holy, teal us the story already…

    Alright, it’s someone elses tern.

  16. UnspeakableyViolentJane
    January 6th, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

    Enough pun-ishment.

  17. Dawn Eden
    January 6th, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    I knew all along that you were building up your cardinal virtues.

  18. Brian Walden
    January 6th, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

    You forgot to start your prayer with “Let Osprey.”

  19. Bill B (AKA Theocoid)
    January 6th, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

    Your punnishment is cheep humor.

  20. Carla
    January 6th, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

    HI MK!!
    Birds of a feather…

  21. mk
    January 6th, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    Hey Carla!!!!!  How’ve you been.  Imagine meeting you here!  Small world.  You need to stop by at Val’s.  Rae is there, and Bobby and DeeL and Patricia and Jess…just click my name!   How’s Jill?  The gang?

  22. mk
    January 6th, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

    Dawn Eden,

    I don’t know if you remember me, but I had tea last year after the march.  In your bookstore, with Jill Stanek…nice to see you again!

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  24. Carla
    January 6th, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

    Jill is on a 4 week break and so are the mods!! :) So I will be obnoxious over here.
    Miss you!!

  25. mk
    January 6th, 2009 @ 5:37 pm


    You too.  Oh do stop by at Val’s since you have a little time… ;)

  26. Carla
    January 6th, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

    I will have to do that, MK!!

  27. Margaret Catherine
    January 6th, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

    Dodon’t you ever stop? :)

  28. Margaret Catherine
    January 6th, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

    *sigh* I see that I repeated someone else. Forgive me if toucan…and there I go again!

  29. Retha
    January 7th, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    I am not gull-ible enough to read stuff like this….

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