Monthly Archives: October 2016

the death of edgar

poe died this day 1849

don’t forget to pick up your shoes
dropped off at the cobblers last week
with holes worn through the soles
you’ll need them for your trip

destined for the city of brotherly love
you took a wrong turn
then entered the skull house of usher
while wearing another man’s clothes

lying delirious on the sidewalk
the objects of your desire already
having been conquered by the worm
your mind lost to insanity in the end

how apropos that your tormented life
should leave behind a treasure chest
of gothic horror, reaching deep
into the psyche of humankind

by the way,
what were you doing
in baltimore
anyway?

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