It’s Complicated.


Once upon an embered morn,
while I quoth my nevermore,
you came tapping, gently rapping,
opening my chamber door.

I shut my eyes &felt you kiss me dead,
adagio a gallop on my heart.
I wish to be a thunderbird instead;
infinity is faded from the start.

Oh, ravens, thieves and thunder
-birds, please heed my cry:
This twitter-pated moon
shall bleed us dry.


If Poe tweeted Plath, and I stepped in. For Toads


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10 Responses to It’s Complicated.

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Oh, deliciously Gothic! I just love it, each element plus the whole thing, and have been re-reading for sheer delight.

  2. Jim says:

    Fine for my, De. It’s a hard life, Poe has been one of my forever loves. Supposedly I have the Complete Poe in Kindle form on my IPad. I almost used him and Plath but since I didn’t know much about Coleridge I decided to check out his writings. Glad I did but it won’t ever be a favorite.

  3. whimsygizmo says:

    Thanks, guys. It took FOREVER to get Plath to sound like Plath (10 syllables per line) AND get that stanza under 140 characters. Phew. Poe was easy. I have always loved him.

  4. When I next have need of an expletive, I shall shout, “Ravens, thieves and thunder”! and think of this poem. I’m sure the memory of reading it will make the feelings that evoked the curse go away. This is that good! Love, love, love the voices you’ve given Plath and Poe and your reply to them.

  5. sanaarizvi says:

    Deliciously dark and gothic write, De 😀 especially love; “I shut my eyes &felt you kiss me dead,
    adagio a gallop on my heart.”

  6. Just Barry says:

    I really like this. Love how you blended all 3 styles together.

  7. Teresa says:

    This is wonderful! I especially enjoyed your Poe!

  8. I applaud your poetic knowledge and research ( or understanding) of how Plath wrote. Look out for that twitter-pated moon.

  9. Rommy Driks says:

    The tone for the poets is beyond perfect! You work in getting it right really paid off.

  10. Splendid interweaving in this masterpiece, De!

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