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Alone Together

A "collaboration" with Edgar Allan Poe's poem titled, "Alone" From childhood's hour I have not been As others were - I have not seen As others saw - I could not bring My passions from a common spring. Where years of mingled adolescent voices Denied a heart and it's choices My quiet self could not speak Another outcast - a soul unique. From the same source I have not taken My sorrow; I could not awaken My heart to joy at the same tone; And all I lov'd, I lov'd alone. Pages of art, the written word An interest each one found absurd A solemn love that I must hide To keep when I and time can abide. Then - in my childhood - in the dawn Of a most stormy life - was drawn From every depth of good and ill The mystery which binds me still: How - in melancholy youth - I found The companion to whom I remain bound, I do not know precisely the day when Though I knew I had gained a friend. From the torrent, or the fountain, From the red cliff of the mountain, From the sun that 'round me roll'd In its autumn tint of gold - The years dragged on without relent As months of solitude were spent, Down a new road I traveled then Meeting destiny, though I knew not when. From the lightning in the sky As it passed me flying by- From the thunder and the storm, And the cloud that took the form (When the rest of Heaven was blue) Of a demon in my view. Undeterred by any supernatural power Or life's occasional teardrop shower My soul kept tight hold of passion Let me fulfill it in my own fashion This outcast "demon" found in me a friend Alone together, now and beyond the end.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 7/1/2015 1:59:00 AM
Very nicely done, Kelly...very nicely done. Best regards! :) john
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 7/5/2015 9:49:00 PM
Your kind comments are always appreciated, John. Thank you! :)
Date: 6/30/2015 12:28:00 AM
Kelly, this is a nice sweet win *Hugs* SKAT
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Date: 6/29/2015 7:58:00 PM
Well woven piece, Kelly, and very well done in the contest. Viv x
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 7/4/2015 3:32:00 PM
Thank you, Viv. I really appreciate your kind comments!
Date: 6/29/2015 4:20:00 PM
Kelly, somehow I missed this one in its previous post. So glad I found it here. Very well done. If you had put the info on it being a "Poe Collaboration" at the end I would have assumed it one.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 7/4/2015 3:17:00 PM
Thank you very much for the nice comments, John. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this one!
Date: 6/29/2015 1:00:00 PM
It's surprising that Poe continues to inspire people. It's a very well-written piece. I enjoyed reading it.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 7/3/2015 12:19:00 AM
Thank you, Abdul. I really appreciate your nice comments... Poe was the reason that I became interested in poetry and I think his work will always inspire me and others.
Date: 4/19/2015 11:02:00 PM
Hi Kelly, thank you for the placement, on my poem side by side. Also, thank you for your beautiful comment. And I enjoyed reading your poem and will give it a 7.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 4/22/2015 6:06:00 PM
You're welcome, Deborah. I really appreciate you taking part in my contest. Thank you for your nice comments, as well!
Date: 3/28/2015 3:05:00 PM
You turned Poe's meal into a buffet, great job..
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 4/4/2015 11:48:00 PM
Thank you very much. Most of the credit for this poem goes to Poe!
Date: 3/24/2015 8:37:00 AM
Moving and sincere; well done.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/31/2015 2:00:00 PM
Thank you very, very much, M.L.
Date: 3/23/2015 8:53:00 PM
After reading it as a collab several times I read just Poe's poem several times. Then I read your poem alone several more times. That is the poem I want to speak of. Just yours, yes it was inspired by Poe. However Kelly they say "good artists copy great artists steal" I believe what they mean by that is that the artists new work is so much them no one could know it had anything to do with the original writer. Your poem is brilliant. I rate among the best I have read. A Fav!
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/30/2015 10:30:00 PM
Thank you so much for your nice comments and for faving this poem. I really appreciate it, Armand... I've read Poe's poem many times because I could relate to it, as it mirrored my own life. So, I felt that a "collaboration" with his poem was very fitting. It was also my tribute to him for always being there and being my friend. Poe continues to inspire me like he always has :)
Date: 3/23/2015 5:40:00 AM
Excellent. Well penned. Tfs
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/29/2015 12:03:00 AM
I appreciate your kind comments, Ravi. Thank you!
Date: 3/22/2015 10:44:00 PM
To share a shattered shadow into the depths of soul. One takes the hand of one they know to try and gain control. You've played along with his esteemed divinity very well. Your title is perfect. I wrote a poem with the same title. Wasn't quite the epic this is. Peace. :)
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/28/2015 11:36:00 PM
Thank you so much for your kind comments, Robert... No one can ever compare to Poe. All we can do is honor him with a humble tribute... I can really relate to his poem, which made it easier to "collaborate" with... I will definitely be giving your poem a read!
Date: 3/20/2015 4:17:00 PM
I missed this when you first posted but I am glad that I found it. It touches the deepest part of the heart - the secret part when very few are allowed to see. Your exploration into this realm gave me a glimpse of a lonely and contented heart. Nicely done. 7
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/26/2015 10:10:00 PM
Thank you so much for reading my poem, David. I really do appreciate your kind comments!
Date: 3/18/2015 6:59:00 PM
Kelly, parts of your wonderful poem reminds me a bit of myself, in my earlier years. excellently put together. Blessings.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/26/2015 12:42:00 AM
Thank you so much, Iris! I think almost everyone feels like an outsider at some point in their lives. I learned that poetry can become my friend when I feel alone :)
Date: 3/17/2015 8:51:00 AM
Most excellent example of a merge! Light & Love
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/25/2015 5:55:00 PM
Thank you very, very much, Debbie. Your nice comments mean a lot to me :)
Date: 3/17/2015 6:31:00 AM
Sent Poe a letter requesting him to write with me. A raven appeared overhead and dropped his reply on my head. Joking aside, this is a true gem. Adding this one to my fav list and giving this A7, DESERVES A SUPER TEN.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/25/2015 5:33:00 PM
Thank you for faving this one, Robert. I appreciate it so much!... You are more than worthy to collaborate with Poe, my friend. You've written some excellent tributes to him :)
Date: 3/17/2015 3:53:00 AM
Excellent. Very deep write. Enjoyed. Tfs
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/24/2015 10:33:00 PM
Thank you very, very much, Ravi.
Date: 3/16/2015 9:21:00 PM
A beauty of a poem. Congrats you two!!!!!! (wonder if he will do one with me?) :) hugs
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/24/2015 10:04:00 PM
Thank you so much, Arthur! You are more than worthy to collaborate with Poe, my friend. Hugs :)
Date: 3/12/2015 12:41:00 PM
Simply beautiful Kelly. You have outdone yourself! Together with Poe, your pen soared high...Awesome. 7. Hugs! Kim
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/22/2015 12:09:00 AM
Thank you so much for the kind comments. Most of the credit for this poem goes to Poe. He was always my favorite writer and he continues to inspire me, Kim... Hugs!
Date: 3/11/2015 3:11:00 PM
I love this! To collab with Poe... What a thought. :o)
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/20/2015 10:26:00 PM
Thank you so much, Dan!... Poe has always been my favorite writer and he continues to inspire me. Most of the credit for this poem goes to Edgar :)
Date: 3/11/2015 1:34:00 PM
Excellent...powerful, expressive and heartfelt. But I am not surprised, Kelly, by the contents of a poem which shows your ties with a writer who is so close to your heart. #7 hugs // paul
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/19/2015 11:20:00 PM
I became interested in writing because of Poe and he still continues to inspire me, Paul. I've read his poem so many times and it is one I can certainly relate to. Thank you so much for your kind comments. Most of the credit for this poem goes to Edgar! Hugs!
Date: 3/11/2015 9:12:00 AM
- A deeply moving poem, Kelly !!! - Well written - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 3/19/2015 11:07:00 PM
I really appreciate your nice comments. Thank you, Anne-Lise! Hugs :)