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A tribute to Edgar Allan Poe

“Works with obvious meanings
cease to be art”
yet we must not be obscure
for obscurity’s sake
the meaning should be clear, flowing
just beneath the surface

Like a heart beneath the floor perhaps?
Or a skeleton behind a door?

He disliked
pretenders , creating
deceitful characters to suffer ignoble deaths
though he died wearing another man’s clothes
and yelling “Reynolds!”

The first to try and live by his pen
alone, he suffered, as we do
losing his only love to a burst blood vessel in her throat
and descending into drunken madness

He was seeking
something, the real meaning
beneath, within,
but he hated
transcendentalists, and wrote
in careful, measured

“Lord help my poor soul”
he whispered when he finally saw the darkness
beyond the door


About writehandedgirl

Sarah is a writer who is passionate about social justice, feminism, politics, and cats. She is a columnist and poet and currently lives in Nelson. You can follow Sarah on Twitter (@_writehanded_) or read more of her writing at


2 thoughts on “A tribute to Edgar Allan Poe

  1. I hadn’t realized that you have an interest in Poe. I share that interest with you – have for most of my life. A tragic figure. Perhaps that is the source of my interest, a parallel, in a way, to my own life. I enjoyed this poem very much; it reflects quite well his tortured soul and, if I may say so, something of your own inner struggles. I sense a progression in your poetic offerings – a growing steadiness and confidence. Well done. More please!

    Posted by Richard Darroch | April 4, 2011, 1:25 pm


  1. Pingback: Skeletons, cats, and ravens « Writehandedgirl - April 3, 2011

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