Poe

Poe

A Poem by Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
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Happy birthday to one of the great poets and writers of any generation, Edgar Allen Poe.

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Poe

(Quoth the Raven nevermore  1/19/1809 - 10/7/1849)

By

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada 


Into the bleak of dreary night
In somber thought of prose he'd write

Beneath a moon wane grey 
His words composed would forever convey 

Alliterations meant to beguile 
In pensive mood and distinctive style

What nightmares came to him
haunted dreams of melancholic requiem 

Alas, we shall never ever know
That spark of genius in such troubled soul

Did enchanted spirits whisper to him
Revealing secrets most human of sin

Or was it in purpose of reason 
To unlock the madness of villainous treason 

His tales speak to us all 
In a black cat and raven's prophetic call

A writer who was more than his art
An intellectual mind with a telltale heart 

So remember should fear ever grow 
The darkly grim writings of Edgar Allen Poe

© 2022 Carlos Lorenzo Estrada


Author's Note

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
My muse Cate covered my eyes and asked me, "Guess whose birthday it is today? Here's a hint...they would be 213 years old!" Now, I knew this was a trick question, but I fell for it anyway and replied, "I thought you women hated being reminded how old you are." That did not sit very well with her, so now she has put me in a time out. So this might be the last piece of submitted writing for the foreseeable future. Anyway, Happy birthday Edgar Allen Poe! You truly were one of the greats.

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213! Wow. Poe was a lasting early influence. My siblings and I would go through the Fall of the House of Usher as if it were Beetlejuice! Of course there were spoken recitations of Annabel Lee and the Raven. This tribute is a call to one and all. And not only for Poe but for all literature for all time. Thanks for sharing.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you kindly Frederick for sharing your thoughts on this piece. My favorite of Poe's work is an.. read more
Frederick Kesner

2 Weeks Ago

"Alone"
Edgar Allan Poe
(public domain)

From childhood's hour I have no.. read more
Loved reading this. Was great! Must I add, Please what do you think of my work?

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Always remember Cheyenne that art is as valuable as the heart that accepts it for its beauty and mea.. read more
The Pit and the Pendulum is what inspired me to write when I was a child. I thought it was magic how a long-dead man's words could make my stomach hurt with anxiety.

This is a great tribute to Poe! I really enjoyed reading it. "Melancholic requiem" and "Raven's prophetic call" are beautiful lines! There were quite a few. Well done!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Gaia for sharing your thoughts on this tribute to one of the great writers. Poe is an insp.. read more
This put a huge smile on my face. I love Poe and you did the man justice. Darkness creeping up the spine throughout. Edge of your seat writing. Great work. I enjoyed this immensely.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much Duff for your comment. I wanted to write a little something in honor of Poe's bir.. read more
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Gee
Ashamed to admit I have never read any of Poe or many of the other poetry greats.
Have dabbled with Dickinson, fiddled with Frost but not much elsr.
Enjoyed your words Carlos

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you kindly Gee. Of all his work I would recommend a beautifully rendered poem that truly is an.. read more
Gee

1 Month Ago

Have posted a wee piece of piffle off the back of this chat :)
Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

I forgot to mention Gee there is no shame in not having read the works of writers past. I totally id.. read more
This is sort of a myopic portrayal of EAP. His life experiences gave him good reason to frequent the darker images of his psyche. But it seems to disregard the fact that Poe wrote so much more than horror. His horror is what he is famous for but it belies the character of his genius. His was a truly brilliant mind. He also wrote humor, satire; the first detective story and even fantasy and science fiction. I have an article written by Poe in The Pageant of English Prose that is all about how to properly match the curtains of your home with the carpets and furnishings. It's a great shame he died a pauper's death.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

I must preface my reply by saying of all his works his poem "Alone" is by far my favorite. Though r.. read more
Hellos, I love your dear heart to Edgar. I love the dark, gloomy, envision, great read! :D

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you kindly Knightngale for your kind words on this poem. I truly appreciate it. I have a cou.. read more
An enjoyable read Carlos about one of my favourites.

Kind regards

Lathen

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you Lathen for your thoughts on this poem. The mind of Poe carries so much mystery it's a won.. read more
Well done and thoughtfully written. He is one of my favorites too.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much JE for your comment. A haunting nightmare I have of this icon writer is of me old.. read more
JE Falcon

2 Months Ago

Have you ever read his bio? --- "Immediately after Poe's death, his literary rival Rufus Wilmot Gris.. read more
Really enjoyed this! I love Poe but would definitely fear getting inside his head. Can't blame you for the zinger at your muse, I imagine the temptation there was too hard to resist.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you kindly for your comment on this poem. Though I do regret saying what I said to my muse. S.. read more

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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
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