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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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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