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Darkness Where Now Poe And Raven Reside, Part One

Darkness Where Now Poe And Raven Reside,
(Part One)

As the Raven cross into the dark pits
Those in torment went into heaving fits
Its shrieking calls, alarms even down there
Far worse its image to dying souls scare 
With great trepidation some turned to Poe 
Begging, master far away make it go
Poe only smiled, saying, come now my pet 
I have far, far sweeter work for you yet.

As Raven lands on Poe's black-stone table
Spits out two bloody and half eaten hands
Asks, does this remind you of that fable
Promising keys to kingdom's treasured lands
Given to a man willing and able
Freeing princess, her captor's sword withstand
Where death's deeds and bloody might enables
Morbid masterpieces of art so grand.

From all around, their banter brought loud moans
From wretched sinners in that dark hell cast
Raven spoke in wicked, evil tones
I toyed with her, to make my pleasure last
Poe commanded, Raven, please no more of that
We are here to enjoy the pleasant scenes
And in our deep joy, grow lazy and fat
Let us not her poor soul thus so demean.

Raven again spoke, come now we need pain
And louder wailing that soothes a black heart
For what good is torture if has no gain
Or tearful pleadings that come as it starts
Master, order yon' demon band to play
For I shall fly above and watch you dance
Let us enjoy sadder cries on this day
With evil's first bride, a little romance.

Poe then rose to do as his pet wanted
Poe laughed and said, Raven dear, please be nice
Let not our blackened pride thus be flaunted
When bit better decorum would suffice.
With that he motioned demon band to play
Its favorite and first great monstrous hit
As waiting victims begged that they may 
Have some relief from their torturous fits.

Robert J. Lindley, 4-30-2019
Dark Rhymes, ( As Raven And Poe Both Survive Below)
Part One...

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Total # Words:306

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Date: 5/24/2019 8:36:00 PM
A scary, bone-chilling piece, Robert. "Mission accomplished." I'm sure Poe would love it.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 5/26/2019 7:33:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Your reading and inspiring comments are indeed a welcomed, truly appreciated and great treasure to me.
Date: 5/17/2019 12:59:00 PM
A dark, powerful, fun read. Very Poe'esque.
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Date: 5/20/2019 3:14:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I am very pleased that you have found this to be so...
Date: 5/14/2019 8:31:00 PM
Wow! My dear friend, your dark artistry shines with intensity in this exquisite poem. The rhythm, rhymes and the black-hearted spirit of this piece is exceptional. You have masterfully created an atmosphere saturated with morbid madness. Thrilling and spine-tingling poetry and a fav! Warmest wishes always, my inspiring friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 5/14/2019 9:53:00 PM
Thank you my dear friend. I always do my very best when writing about , to or for Poe. No other poet even comes close to his mastery of dark poetry and his overall body of work puts him in a league of his own , IMHO. I hope you will have the spare time to finish the series. I did so dearly hate breaking this poem into six equal parts. But sadly far too many readers hate reading very long poems- so I feel that, such was a necessary act.
Date: 5/13/2019 2:59:00 PM
Loved some of the morbidness like the raven spitting up the hand! Like Poe himself. he was the Stephen King of his generation and I have enjoyed many of his dark stories. May your raven "quoth" ever more!! I'll try to see the rest of these at a future date. keep up the mighty pen, robert.
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Date: 5/14/2019 9:49:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Poe was far, far greater a writer than ever Stephen King was or ever shall he be. Yet your comparison has merit my friend. Thank you for commenting and your very kind words...
Date: 5/4/2019 6:55:00 PM
I'm just now getting a little time to read these. I read 3, now this one, then I'll read 2. My head is as confused as the raven. You are sooo versatile!
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Date: 5/5/2019 6:58:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I hope you enjoy them. They are written as a story, so certainly would be best to read them in the order that they are written in. I may go ahead and post the next one today.tonight. Thank you for commenting my friend.
Date: 5/1/2019 2:16:00 PM
Hello Robert, okay, i have read part 1 of this poem. The Raven seems to be evil and enjoys to live in darkness.He seems to like hearing screaming and watch torture because it gives him pleasure. Okay, I feel like i am watching a movie in the theater.Waiting for action to happen. Now for part 2.
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Date: 5/2/2019 4:09:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I am very glad that you mentioned the Raven as I have downplayed its activities in both part two and even more so in part three. I did this to concentrate more on the human aspect(its evils), Poe and the poor tortured victims in that dark abyss! Yet Raven is not without sin , not without the dark lusts and commitments to terror, so very prevalent in mankind's collective and individual souls.
Date: 5/1/2019 1:26:00 PM
Perhaps this is how it all came to be, with the Raven. This is deep, dark and intense. When reading thoughts from your talented pen, I am always taken to another time and place. I don't like to dwell in darkness, however- I have felt its touch before. Stepping in the deep for a moment while caressing your thoughts. I am willing to do. ~ Brandy
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Robert Lindley
Date: 5/2/2019 4:05:00 PM
Yet again I must thank you sincerely for such insight and kindness in your comment to this very dark piece. As always your comets are a great blessing to his old and tired poet....
Date: 5/1/2019 8:21:00 AM
This was a treat...a brilliantly written door into the darker side. I will be waiting for part two! Excellent my friend and a fave! : ) xxoo
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Date: 5/1/2019 10:11:00 AM
Thank you my great friend. I sat down this morn at 5:00 am, and in few hours wrote and edited Part Two. Just now posted it here. My muse gave as much help as possible, even suggested that a flesh and blood mortal hero pay a visit to Hades to do battle as did the mighty Hercules. Now that Part Two has been finished , on to Part Three, which I suspect will take me much longer to complete.
Date: 5/1/2019 7:20:00 AM
I have adopted my name as lightndark hoping to write on my two fav subjects, love and death. Your poem has elements of both. Your rhyme is perfect. Thanks for praising my poor effort.
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Date: 5/1/2019 8:20:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend. On Life, Love and Death, this world relies. Thus a poet composing poems on death and Darkness is in no way betraying his/her poetic charge/talent/purpose- as to write to give to others is the honored goal my friend. Such as you do with your own poetry that is-- never-- a poor effort!!!
Date: 5/1/2019 5:11:00 AM
Light and beauty where now your avid readers revel in! No Light without darkness.. no gain without pain.. no survival without meeting our demons.. A lot to learn from Poe! A lot to enjoy in such poetry! Again, Robert, you give your avid reader precious of gems to look up to.. again, a great pleasure to read up to your masterful pen! and acquire a new awareness and perspective to reach for the grand Poe! You have all the credit! Thank you so much. A FAV gem! My deepest regards. God bless you.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 5/1/2019 6:15:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend. Exactly , one must have the some idea of contrast between LIGHT and DARK in order to truly know, embrace and cherish the magnificent grandeur and Love within the LIGHT! Otherwise it is not as tangible a blessing as it should be-- we mortals are so blinded the extra information is much needed IMHO. I truly thank you for your wonderful and insightful comment and fave.
Date: 4/30/2019 7:46:00 PM
Poe would be proud my dear friend...excellent execution Robert...ya da man...happy Poe-ing...^WW^
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Date: 5/1/2019 5:09:00 AM
My dear friend , thank you for such a wonderful comment made. I first cut my poetry teeth on Byron, Shelly, Keats, Coleridge, Poe, Browning, Emily Dickinson, and about 10 other top poets. But I always had a special place for Poe in both my heart, soul and my mind.
Date: 4/30/2019 5:23:00 PM
I am in awe of your poetic art Robert..how masterfully you write long poems in rhyme! Executed like a skilled artist..the dark theme resonates just as you intended. Kudos, my friend. A FAVE for me.
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Date: 5/1/2019 5:02:00 AM
Vijay, thank you my friend, I am truly delighted that you found this piece hit its objective in transmitting the level of dark and terror in the dark abyss in the center of Hades. ""Where poor wretched souls cry and moan* Each cut, whiplash births another groan* No light penetrates for to see* All are in chains for none are free* High flames burn into human skin* As retribution to fallen men* Alas! Here no mercy can be found* All are tortured and firmly bound*"" Thank you for your comment and especially for the Fave my friend.
Date: 4/30/2019 4:00:00 PM
These dark lines are masterfully written. I too am awaiting part two.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 5/1/2019 4:53:00 AM
Thank you my friend. The next part will be here as soon as I finish another ongoing collaboration and three other very long poems I've been working on.
Date: 4/30/2019 9:27:00 AM
Poe bless you, Robert. Awaiting Part Two.
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Date: 4/30/2019 2:24:00 PM
I will let you know when Part Two is completed. As I just went on another dark trek slinging fresh black ink but it was not in relation to completing part two. My muse oft does that to me my friend. I suspect just to keep me on my toes.. lol Finished another dark poem to be presented later methinks.
Date: 4/30/2019 8:39:00 AM
Robert, wow, this is an amazing write, well done !
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Date: 4/30/2019 8:54:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend. Again your words are so kind and inspiring. I had hoped this piece would bear fruit and be well received by poets that enjoy imaginative and dark poetry.
Date: 4/30/2019 8:04:00 AM
If such beautifully dark rhymes of Poe, Raven and Lindley sound in the Hell... Hm, I must think about it)
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Date: 4/30/2019 8:53:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I am very pleased that you liked this piece. I have started the first stanza of Part Two. Not sure how far I will take this one. Maybe go with it until my muse tires or my coming dark verses slow down to a mere crawl. As of now it is fun....