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Nevermore Will Raven Return

 *Note:  A 60-year annual tradition that involved a mysterious visitor leaving three 
roses at the grave of writer Edgar Allan Poe on the anniversary of his birthday 
ended in January 2010.  Curators of the Poe House and Museum are at a loss to 
explain who left these gifts and why they stopped.  On many occasions people kept 
vigils  near Poe’s grave during this period that began in 1949, but no one ever saw 
someone leaving the roses. In the morning, however, they were always on his 
grave.  Poe is considered the father of the American short story and 
his poem The Raven is one of his best known works.

Once upon a midnight dreary, Poe heard a tapping at his window
     While grieving the loss of his young bride, a maiden “angels named Lenore,”
A radiant teen whose long, black hair in gentle breezes would billow,
     Tapping at the window ceased, but suddenly it was heard at his door

Upon opening it, a Raven flew in repeating, “Nevermore”
     At first he welcomed this odd visitor until Poe whispered, “Lenore”
When he heard his word echo, the strange Raven he began to abhor
     He asked if he’d see his bride again and the bird replied, “Nevermore”

Though Poe died in eighteen forty-nine, a mystery evolved much later
     A century after his death, his grave had an annual visitor
Roses were left on his birthday by someone whose love appeared greater
     Who had left these floral gifts forever stumped the Poe House curator

Perhaps the answer can only be explained by reincarnation
     Did the Raven embody the spirit of Poe’s beloved Lenore
If so, perhaps the Raven returned again in a life rotation
     In human form she visited to lay roses on the earthen floor

And upon her death in two-thousand nine, she took to the skies once more
     A Raven who now joins the flock circling above her late husband’s grave       \/
Could it be her spirit remains with Poe, as it did in life before                         \/ \/ \/
     Bringing him in the afterlife all the roses a poet could crave                     \/ \/ \/ \/

For those who consider this possibility totally absurd
Just consider the fantasies Poe created with the written word

By Carolyn Devonshire
Contest Title: “Among the Dead,” sponsored by Constance LaFrance ~ A Rambling 
Poet ~

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 2/24/2011 11:42:00 AM
    I had only read a couple of the poems and wanted so badly to enter but...too many things were going on and didn't get to. I knew Constance would have a time selecting her winners. There is a long list of winners here. You should be so proud of your winning poem congratulations Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 7:09:00 AM
    Many congratulations Carolyn on your fine win in Constance's wonderful contest....:)

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 6:04:00 PM
    wonderful write !Congrats on your big win Carolyn.

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 2:09:00 PM
    A very deep read Carolyn.I enjoyed it very much.Thanks for the congrats on my win and back at you,~LUV~Teresa

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 10:18:00 AM
    Oh! I am sorry I could not read it before. This is really marvelous. First of all the initial information about the mysterious visitor leaving three roses at the grave of Poe has given a great meaning to the whole theme of your poetry. A great idea indeed! Congratulations for your big win which you rightly deserved. The birds in flight depicted at the right place...rohini

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 5:33:00 AM
    one of my bets, carols!! HATS OFF to you for the super win..:) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 12:18:00 AM
    I knew this would be a BIG WINNER, Carolyn. Many Congrat's. Lainie

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 8:27:00 PM
    This really deserved to win as I said before. many congratulations.

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 6:32:00 PM
    I love the fact that you were inspired by the poet Poe....and wove a worthy story of your own! Excellent writing, Carolyn...I love it!!

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 6:11:00 PM
    I like this very much Carolyn. So much different from all of the others. It could as easily have won first prize. Great job and congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 5:57:00 PM
    Beautiful Job Carolyn, Congrtulations on your fourth place honorable win. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 5:57:00 PM
    I liked Poe's work, and will, "forevermore". Congratulations, Carolyn.

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 5:29:00 PM
    No surprise to see your entry among the winners in Constance's contest. Congratulations Carolyn.

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 5:28:00 PM
    Congratulations on the fourth place win in the contest of Constance, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 4:58:00 PM
    Dear Carolyn, I knew this would be on the list. Congratulations on your super fine win in the contest. So very wel deserving. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 1/18/2011 6:00:00 PM
    Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate all your comments you send me and all your comments on my poems inspires me to keep writing.~Luv~Teresa

  1. Date: 1/17/2011 1:51:00 AM
    dam fine write my very good friend. Poe was a deep influence apon me as a child he was the first poet who really captured my thoughts and still i keep a complete collection of his works sorry i havent been around in awhile im pulled in many directions with writting and im a night owl my friend its when i do my best work ive changed alot from my days first here great write truley did enjoy reading this

  1. Date: 1/16/2011 11:37:00 PM
    This will stir e. a poe Carolyn,This is so brilliant. i've read some of the entries in this contest, The standard is just awesome.Constance has created a masterpiece here, the first contest on record where all the entries finish first. Harry

  1. Date: 1/16/2011 2:28:00 PM
    Wow! What a love, Carolyn. Loved it! Lainie

  1. Date: 1/16/2011 1:32:00 PM
    Oh this was an absolutly terrific write.Thanks so much Carolyn for the very nice and kind comment on my poem.~LUV~Teresa