The following verses resulted from an amusing conversation I had over lunch a while ago with a few quick-witted friends about “The Raven”, Poe’s 19th-century Gothic masterpiece.
To whet the appetite, and to form a basis for comparison, the first is Poe. The rest is history.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this, and nothing more.”
(Poe, excerpt from “The Raven”)
Once upon a dreary Sunday, a no-big-news, a not-much-fun day,
As I et a hasty lunch before to work I had to go,
I heard a croaking sound: a caw, and looking all around, I saw
An ugly, aging, graying crow—or something else? I did not know.
“Tis a raven,” I decided, thinking of my old friend Poe,
But ‘twas a crow, and nothing mo’.
(Chloë, “The Crow”)
Once upon a dead-end Sunday, sitting limply, tired and loopy,
And on my knee rested Socrates: yet another pompous bore.
Just before my head fell down, I turned and looked at the sound
Of a croaking, squawking fluttering of some creature at my door.
“Tis some monster!” I concluded “creeping by my bedroom door—”
But ‘twas an ostrich, and nothing more.
(Geoffrey, “The Ostrich”)
Once upon a morning bleary, while I shuffled weak and weary
Through my quaint and curious flat where I’d been many times before,
While coffee drinking, deeply thinking suddenly there came a knocking,
Croaking, shrieking, loudly talking, talking through my ‘partment door.
“Follow my nose” and nothing more.
Got my gun to shoot the nutter, when, with many a spurt and sputter,
In there stepped one Toucan Sam of childhood days gone long before.
Red and purple, green and yellow; haunted by this crazy fellow,
With his nose of many colours, just above my chamber door—
Toucan Sam, and nothing more.
(Janis, “The Toucan”)
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