Edmund V. Strolis

Angeline-A Tribute To Edgar Allan Poe - Poem by Edmund V. Strolis

I stand all but alone in winter midnight.
Alone but for the wind and frozen lake.
The wind how she howls unceasing.
The lake's shores forever unrealized.

Should this be a dream don't wake me.
I surrender to nature's indifference.
My thoughts of hope freely unburdened.
Icy suffering is my loyal companion.

What nightmare came of paradise lost.
While frozen I still call that hell.
Where all of heavens best laid plans.
Were a rehearsal set to amplify pain.

For what is not known grieves us little.
Yes oh how I knew my sweet Angeline!
How her eyes told her story in silence.
In words never meant to be spoken.

This storm will bury me by nights end.
Encased in crystal armor dreaming.
A single tear frozen for what was.
Oh night, awake or sleeping, take me.

Topic(s) of this poem: loss

Comments about Angeline-A Tribute To Edgar Allan Poe by Edmund V. Strolis

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/25/2015 4:02:00 PM)

    Standing alone in winter midnight sparks emotion in dark as light to express wise poem in this text. Wonderful sharing done....10 (Report) Reply

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  • Pamela Sinicrope (10/24/2015 6:44:00 PM)

    Ok...So I dont know the story of Angeline in reference to Poe. I tried to google it, but found little? However, you've captured the feeling of Poe's writing in your poetic tribute. As a written poem, independent of the tribute, I think this is the best written one. I really like the flow of the writing and the feel that you've created with your soulful, painful, wistful, dark, shadowy imagery. Your Poe tribute has turned into a wonderful flow of creative energy. Well done...and please explain to us less informed on Poe's life. Also an aside, we were driving home this afternoon, and my youngest was reading The Fall of the House of Usher to my middle child, while he fell asleep on his shoulder. Very entertaining drive! :) (Report) Reply

    Edmund Strolis (10/25/2015 10:13:00 AM)

    I am drawn to the romance, the mystery, the determination and honor. This pre-computer world of raw living and loving. So yes Angeline is pure fiction inspired by the writings of Poe which in turn were inspired by the loss of his mother and young wife Virginia well as the abandonment and obstacles men posed in his life. That is the most superficial observation that I can make. The rest of the story goes so much deeper.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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