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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Many times superseded his poetry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 Edgar Allan Poe.

___ EDGAR ALLAN POE ~1809-1849~ ___

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

_______________ F j R_______________
_______________ 2014_______________

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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)

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

    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 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~!

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  • (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 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.

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/7/2016 5:19:00 AM)


    A fine tribute to a poet long gone but not forgotten. How many poets of today will be remembered?

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    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2016 2:34:00 AM)

    Thank You for your support, my good friend...It means a lot...~FjR~

  • Electric Lady (10/7/2016 4:51:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite poets. A wonderful and timeless piece. Congratulations! (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2016 2:37:00 AM)

    Good to see you on site, young Lady Electric and Thank You for your visit as well as your all too generous comments...
    Hope all is fine in your world...~FjR~

  • Rajnish Manga (10/7/2016 3:44:00 AM)

    A wonderful poetic essay on the man, life and the works of that renowned story teller and the poet we know by the name of Edgar Allan Poe. A layman doesn't know much about the hardships suffered by Poe. Great tribute to Poe the man and the writer. Thank you, Frank. (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2016 2:45:00 AM)

    Poe was the reason I ever even considered trying my hand in the Literary Arts...I hope to be 1/1000th as good as he was in 267 years from now(there's good longevity on both my parents side) LoL! Thank You for taking the time to read my piece & leave your generous comment. You've been a loyal supporter of my scribbles since my return to PH 2 YRS. ago, and please know that support is greatly appreciated. ~Frank/Fjr

  • Dipankar Sadhukhan (10/7/2016 3:31:00 AM)

    A beautiful piece of poetry.... congratulations... (Report) Reply

    Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/8/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    Thank You, D.S... I appreciate the Read as well as your kind comment.~FjR~

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 6, 2016

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