Ode to the Man who Lives Upstairs

  Ode to the Man who Lives Upstairs is a poem based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story The Tell-Tale Heart. I’ve written it (more or less) in the format of an ode, in vague parody of John Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn:  the first two lines of each of the three stanzas are an echo of […]

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Ladies Half-Sick of Shadows

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Penny Wise, Pumpkin Foolish

  Though I haven’t been blessed with a green thumb, I’m told that the earliest harvest of pumpkins begins right about now. Here’s a poem on the subject based on a New World folktale (also retold as The Mare’s Egg, a children’s story by Canadian author Carole Spray). I’ve written it, more or less, as a […]

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The Lively Limerick

  I heard of a man from Toulouse so nervous of getting bad news that he turned out the light, morning, noon, and at night and maintained a perpetual snooze. _____ Everyone loves a limerick. It’s fun, easy, and personable. But of exactly what does it consist? A LIMERICK is a humorous, sometimes ribald, poem […]

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Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of the Heart

“Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts.”  ~ Edgar Allan Poe Why do we read stories? Myriad are the roads we travel in life, but no less are the excuses we make for straying from them in occasional flights of […]

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His Crowning Glory

____ HIS CROWNING GLORY by A.E.Faris A verse based on ‘The Bald Knight’, one of Aesop’s Fables ____ There was a knight with a head of hair so rich and fine and full of shine, it served as his crowning glory … a most fortunate head of hair. ____ But when that mane began to […]

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Tears of a Hanky

The following is my own verse loosely based on The Collar, a short story by Hans Christian Andersen. In tone and style, it follows the tradition of the limerick; however, in featuring a series of stanzas that tell a story, it is more like a ballad. In Andersen’s original, a turn-of-the-century, detachable-type collar finds himself yearning for […]

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