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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 ~


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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

    I liked Poe's work, and will, "forevermore". Congratulations, Carolyn.

  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 5:29:00 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

  1. Date: 1/16/2011 1:02:00 PM

    I cannot write about this topic....it just isn't me....but you have done an excellent job as usual and will no doubt place very high...and We will all be pleased at that ....good luck, Carolyn........by the way yes Teddy Roosev said the 'big stick' thing in 1900.....and thank you for your kind words about HOMBRE ....it is an outstanding Newman classic .......Syd

  1. Date: 1/16/2011 11:36:00 AM

    Nice take on that picture, I have heard of that visitor to the grave, did not know it had just stopped. Enjoyed the tapastery you have woven, of picture, poem and story. I think these contests are fun to participate in and very enjoyable to read all the entires.

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 2:14:00 PM

    Cool. I immidiately thought of Poe when I saw Constance's picture and read the rules for her contest, but, I did not know the fact you write about in this poem. Thanks for the education and thanks for the entertainment of your prose. Joe

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 11:56:00 AM

    Oh Carolyn. I truly thank you. I have been trying to organise my work and have it under ,'Thoughts from an Undisciplined Mind'. This sums me up to a tee. I race through this world fearful that I will never get done the things that I want to do. Love the take you gave to this contest and the knowledge you hold for the great. EAP. Will get Raven in somehow. Thanks again and the very best with this masterful work. Eamon

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 11:21:00 AM

    Oh my Word Carolyn, what a gem!! Interesting story and masterly conveyed like only you could.. Good luck with this jewel my friend.. love and blessings, Wilma

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 9:53:00 AM

    Cool Job master Carolyn, yes I've followed the roses on the grave, such a mystery why they stopped. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 9:51:00 AM

    Spooky! A very interesting story, well told. The great violin virtuoso, Nicolo Paganini used to play in the graveyards for the dead. He was supposed to be in league with the devil. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 9:28:00 AM

    jeepers, carolyn... the whole scheme of this naration explodes with fanstasy, mystery and brooding... i am taken by the total crackling of the plot with defined tonality and language.. your preface sets the mood of the after-life... a winning piece in the contest! inmcredible! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 9:16:00 AM

    Hai Carolyn,this is marvellous.I have read 'Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe,when I was a post graduate student a few years back.My optional subject was American literature.By chance this poem took me back to my college days.May be due to the refernce to Edgar Allna Poe.Yours is also nicely penned.Luv.Fabiyas

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 6:30:00 AM

    Hi Carolyn, this write of your must be a winner in Constance's contest! So many myteries still linger! Enjoyed each line of your write! And thank you for your kind comment on "Birds of Paradise". I really meant the birds which live in Papua New Guinea and Northern Queensland. When living in Papua New Guinea I could watch them from our house. If you go to my facebook site (Poems and Pictures) you will also find a colour pencil drawing of mine of those birds. Love, Gert

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