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On Your Anniversary, Forevermore...For Edgar Allan Poe - Poem by Frank James Ryan Jr (FjR)

Much mystery still surrounds his Death
The Master of Macabres' final breath
One-hundred *sixty-seven years have past
Since the Poet, Poe quietly passed.

There be cryptic tales, stories crazed
About this wordsmiths final days
He lived with tell-tale heavy-heart
Lost love and illness... death his art
Exposed his vices publicly
Dined on dope and whiskey.

Opressed, depressed- self-infliction
Bled by the ink from his dark addictions
Self-deception, yet surreal reflection
A paradigm of literary pure perfection.

He pioneered the mystery's dawn
In between romantic scorn
tho' his IQ topped one-seventy
His demons forbade his serenity.

Eccentric, absurd his quillings be
Jealous critics tagged them ghastly
He penned with feathered quill by flame
With ne're mind to the green-eye bane.

Recluse and strange intimacy
Many times superseded his poetry
Such sadness in this man whose mind
Was a product of a life unkind.

There be many conflicting stories an' lies
How this Doctor of The Written Word had died
Meritless time spent on this case
Who cares, what day, what time, what place!

Long gone, now, for eight scores and some
Lived life as if a Roulette gun
Yet that can't tarnish his legacy
As a legend of story and poetry.

Edgar Allan Poe, my silent friend
In taking my aim at darkside pen
I have read a many authors poetry and prose
Yet none hold a candle...to Edgar Allan Poe.



___ EDGAR ALLAN POE ~1809-1849~ ___



Recorded but Still Unofficial Date of Death
_____________October 7th,1849______________


_______________ F j R_______________
_______________ 2014_______________


© MMXV-All rights reserved
Frank James Ryan Jr. / FjR



*-Updated from prior year

Topic(s) of this poem: anniversary, death, edgar allan poe, memoriam, tribute


Comments about On Your Anniversary, Forevermore...For Edgar Allan Poe by Frank James Ryan Jr (FjR)

  • (10/8/2017 1:03:00 AM)


    An absolutely masterful piece of work Frank as well as a poignant tribute that the Master himself im sure would love. Congrats on a very well earned P.O.D. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2017 1:10:00 AM)

    Robert, thank you my friend...Much appreciated as always.~FjR~

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2017 12:59:00 AM)


    A final thank you to all who stopped by to read my Anniversary Tribute to The Master of Darkside, Mystery, Short Stories as well as Pioneer of what would eventually be tagged some 75 years later as Contemporary Poetry A special thanks for all of you who left comments...all of them kind, generous and very much appreciated. ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Nudershada Cabanes (10/7/2017 11:21:00 PM)


    A beautiful tribute to the father and master of the short story. His poems and short stories still shines till now. Congratulations for Poem of the day (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2017 12:07:00 AM)

    Thank You much, N.C....BTW: I like your avatar (single red rose) ...You wouldn't be a fan of the famous 1960's-1990's Grateful Dead Rock Band, would ya? That's their logo...that & a skeleton!

  • Jeanette Telusma (10/7/2017 7:14:00 PM)


    FjR, Congratulations are in order for a well written tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, a poem legend in his time. Keep writing friend. Awesome work and blessings to you always. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:53:00 PM)


    Edgar Allan Poe, with all his vices and mistreatments by many other Poets during his short time on Earth had a marking impression & eventual influence on me and my writing style...More than a Poet, Poe was a Pioneer for what would eventually evolve into Contemporary poetry as well as being dubbed by many of todays literary pundits & quillers as the Inventor of the Detective-Crime Short Story. Quite a resume in his short 39 years of life. ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

    (10/8/2017 5:25:00 AM)

    Amen to all you said, Mr. Ryan

  • James Mclain Is It Poetry (10/7/2017 1:52:00 PM)


    Frank as with some of us have been here almost
    From the beginning and has honed his poetic skills for
    All to read.. iip.. James
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    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 2:58:00 PM)

    Thank You, my friend for your visit and comment!

  • (10/7/2017 1:07:00 PM)


    Your poem is a wonderful tribute to a literary genius.. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 2:57:00 PM)

    Lorraine, Thank You very much!

  • Rini Jerry (10/7/2017 7:54:00 AM)


    Congratulations Frank for poem of the day.. Well deserved (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:01:00 PM)

    Much appreciation, Rini... Thank You for supporting my work!

  • Rajnish Manga (10/7/2017 7:24:00 AM)


    The poem nicely captures his style of writing as well as the ups and downs in the life of
    Edgar Allan Poe who is still respected and read with interest by the readers of the world.
    (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:00:00 PM)

    Raj- Thank You very much!

  • Siddartha Montik (10/7/2017 7:20:00 AM)


    It must surely mean a Lot to to you Jr. I can see it. And congratulations for it been selected as poem of the Day! (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:02:00 PM)

    Thank You, Sid!

  • Siddartha Montik (10/7/2017 7:18:00 AM)


    Excellent Poem. I feel not quiet eligible to comment even speck on this Poem! ! ..but pray for his Soul, the Poet Edgar Allan Poe! ! 100++! ! - - Siddartha Montik! (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:03:00 PM)

    Sid, Thank You for your visit and all too generous comment ~! FjR~

  • Indira Renganathan (10/7/2017 5:59:00 AM)


    Congratulations Frank James on being the poet of the day....Congratulations again for this complete and touching poem...it makes us feel for Allan Poe...no doubt you are an excellent poet...thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:06:00 PM)

    Indira, Thank You, Thank You & Thank You once again for your visit, support, an far too generous comment. You & me have been around this place for a decade +.... Glad you're still here! Frank

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/7/2017 2:53:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem with touching expression.. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:44:00 PM)

    Thank You, Kumar, my good friend!

  • Tom Allport (10/7/2017 2:47:00 AM)


    a brilliantly descriptive poem of a man whose life and stories will always be an inspiration to those that want to see? ..................well written Frank (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:09:00 PM)

    Thank You so much, Tom for your read, support & comment ~FjR~

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/7/2017 2:39:00 AM)


    Such an awesome poem, James..... a perfect 10++++ (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:10:00 PM)

    Thank You, Bernard! Very much appreciated.

  • Ramesh T A (10/7/2017 2:16:00 AM)


    A very nice and beautiful portrait of a macabre mystery story writer Edgar Allan Poe by Frank James, my longtime friend! Congratulations for the poem of the day being yours selected by PH! (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:12:00 PM)

    Thank You, Professor for your read & generous comment...You are a loyal friend & supporter in true! Frank

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/7/2017 1:52:00 AM)


    A worthy poem of day. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:15:00 PM)

    IF you say worthy, even though it's a rhymer, who am I to disagree...Thank You, Robert ~FjR`

  • (10/7/2017 1:44:00 AM)


    An interesting poem. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2017 1:09:00 AM)

    Thank You Elly

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/7/2017 3:15:00 PM)

    Thank You, Elly

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/7/2016 7:41:00 AM)

    Remembrance
    Life and death! To be born and, to die one day. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2016 2:28:00 AM)

    Thank You, for your read and comment, Edward.I appreciate it much... ~FjR~!

  • (10/7/2016 6:54:00 AM)


    A glowing tribute to Edger Allen Poe, the towering personality of an artist. Heartiest Congrats on the Poem of the Day.Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2016 2:32:00 AM)

    And a towering Classic Bard he was, Ratna...Thank you for visiting my work and for your kind comment.
    ~FjR~

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 6, 2016


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