A Brief Introduction
Daemonium Avi is a narrative poem based on an actual event that took place in the parking lot of my church. Daemonium is the Latin word for demonic, and avi is the Latin word for bird. I believe the title accurately describes the subject of the poem. Demonic Bird seemed to carry more gravitas in Latin. Plus, what is poetry without a little dramatic flair? However, the contents of this poem are true, and no dramatization could adequately capture the intensity of the spiritual encounter. Hopefully, poetically sharing this moment will remind others that the supernatural invades the natural more often than we realize. And that a person filled with the Holy Ghost has authority over satanic fear tactics. Resistance in the name of Jesus will cause the enemy to flee (James 4:7).
The car door thudded a final thump Keys rattled and clanked against A coffee cup of metal and steam It wafted tantalizingly in the sun Arms and elbows full of daily chores I fumbled around opening the door When a blackbird perched nearby Lifted a guttural unearthly cry Startled, I turned to see this beast Could this blackbird really speak Yes, it stared angrily towards me You’ll never win it screamed and shrieked God doesn’t care, and your faith is too weak I swallowed a lump lodged in my throat How did this brute steal my hope This blackbird wasn’t a bird at all Something sinister was truly involved Suddenly I noticed it’s crooked wing Hanging as if lodged by a string The bird spoke again, but this time it sneaked One step, then two, nearer it creeped Blurred vision, my head spinning ‘round My voice thickened to master a sound I knew this fowl was not Heaven sent A single prick of light suddenly hit The warmth of courage filled me up From head to toe, I shivered and shook Words tumbled out from somewhere below In Jesus’ name, be gone, thou devilish crow