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Below is the poem of the day entitled The Duckling - Apologies to Edgar Allan Poe which was written by poet David Crandall.


The Duckling - Apologies to Edgar Allan Poe

Once before my bedtime, nearing, which I dreaded, fazed and fearing,  
Stories mother would read me before she closed and locked my bedroom door —
    While I washed up in the water, could mom have drawn it any hotter?
Before me swam a rubber duckling, chuckling as my mother shut the door 
“‘Tis some water fowl”, I muttered, “which mother bought me from the store.  
            Only this and nothing more.”

 Ah, distinctly I can place it - the sad night Mother would misplace it;   
Or entirely erase it; of her mind remaining nothing more.
    I lay in bed, mother tucking, on feathers of mother’s plucking
    Time for your book, said mother clucking, clucking as she locked the bedroom door —
I’ll read “Make Way for Ducklings” and then warm milk she began to pour -
            all across the bedroom floor. 

Assuredly, I felt no sorrow, as mother left me till the morrow
  Sighing -  buying time – which maybe I could only hope to borrow;
    I heard my monstrous mother screaming, or maybe Tippi Hedren streaming
    as Hitchcock’s “Birds” was beaming from the TV laying on the floor—
    “’Tis just Hitchcock’s “Birds” beaming from the TV laying on the floor” -
            This it is and nothing more.”

Inside that book peered at me smiling, a crazed duck that set me dialing
 911 and protective services to frantically implore  
   The feeling in my stomach sinking, “I need a friend”, I was thinking 
   Staring wildly at this ghastly mallard who chilled me to the core
Then, at once, I saw it, heard it, this grinning duck needn’t chill me to the core
           as he said, “I will be your friend forevermore”.



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Date: 4/12/2024 1:40:00 AM
- An enjoyable poem, David - Congratulations on your p.o.t.w. :) - hugs
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Date: 4/10/2024 5:21:00 PM
Congratulations on a humorous potw!
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David Crandall
Date: 4/10/2024 6:06:00 PM
Thanks Karen!!
Date: 4/9/2024 10:04:00 AM
Hi David, A hearty congratulations on this very funny Poe style piece. It was quite amusing. Enjoyed..
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David Crandall
Date: 4/9/2024 11:43:00 AM
Hi Nancy, thanks - glad you enjoyed - it was fun.
Date: 4/8/2024 5:33:00 PM
Congratulations on POTW! A great take on Poe’s form!
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David Crandall
Date: 4/8/2024 7:28:00 PM
Thanks Kim!
Date: 4/7/2024 4:39:00 PM
Congrats on this cute-ish poem making potw. I wrote a similar send- up with my poem The Poe
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Tom Woody
Date: 4/8/2024 5:26:00 AM
:) and hey, welcome to PS!
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:52:00 PM
I was just leaving a comment on your "The Poe" poem, and discovered the audio that I missed the first time -hilarious!
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:43:00 PM
Thanks Tom - I read your poem, "The Poe" - it's hilarious! It looks like at least three of us were inspired to do a takeoff on The Raven - what an inspiring poem.
Date: 4/7/2024 3:56:00 PM
' this grinning duck needn’t chill me to the core, as he said, “I will be your friend forevermore”. ' A bit creepy to me. No need to apologize to ' Edgar Allan Poe, ' because he would have been proud. You've created a masterpiece, David. Congratulations on Poem of the Week. My best to you. Hugs, Brandy
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:40:00 PM
Thanks for your nice words, Brandy. I submitted this to the little newspaper at my retirement community, and I was afraid they might think it a bit weird, but they printed it for Halloween.
Date: 4/7/2024 9:27:00 AM
Fun, creative, engaging. Congratulations, David, on your POTW! :)
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Linda Alice Fowler
Date: 4/7/2024 6:40:00 PM
You are welcome, David, and I'm glad you like my little inquisitive owl. :)
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:36:00 PM
Thanks Linda, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I like your owl profile picture :-).
Date: 4/7/2024 8:50:00 AM
Excellent creative poetry, David. I enjoyed the read. Congratulations on your fine POTW! Enjoy your special week of recognition. Bill
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:51:00 PM
Thanks Bill - I'm glad you enjoyed it! Yes, this POTW is encouraging!
Date: 4/7/2024 8:07:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTW win. A wonderful/creative Duck write. I bet Poe would have fun reading this one... Have a blessed day writing away...........
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:32:00 PM
Thanks Paula. BTW, I love the expression, "Duck write"!
Date: 4/7/2024 6:45:00 AM
David, creative and entertaining, congratulations on POTW.
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:32:00 PM
Tania, thanks - I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Date: 4/7/2024 5:23:00 AM
Dear David, your poem is a brilliant twist on Poe, blending humor with the macabre seamlessly. The imagery of the duckling lurking in the shadows of childhood innocence is haunting yet whimsical. Your mastery of language and storytelling earned you POTW. Congratulations on a chillingly delightful piece! - Blessings, Daniel
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:31:00 PM
Thanks so much David. I feel like framing this comment. I'm fairly new to poetry, and your words are encouraging to key trying this fun activity!
Date: 4/7/2024 3:56:00 AM
I'm a great Poe fan, so this I had to read. And wow, I was not disappointed, from beginning to end, I was held in the grip, of wondering when that chilling duckling was going to come to life. Well, it ended well. Did the friendship last? Great take on your poem David. Congratulations on your POTW. So well deserved. I sort of attempted a Poe theme in my poem Nothing Less, Nothing More, if you care to look...Maria
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:28:00 PM
Thanks, Maria. Haha, yes, they became best friends (but, I'm afraid to tell you what kind of mischief they got into :-)) I liked what you did in your Nothing Less, Nothing More, with the New Year beginning so positively, after it seems the old year got beaten up a bit.
Date: 4/7/2024 3:41:00 AM
An enjoyable read David, you'd give old Edgar a run for his money with this well written verse. Congratulations to you on the honour of POTW. Tom
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David Crandall
Date: 4/7/2024 6:19:00 PM
Thanks for your nice comment - it was fun!
Date: 4/4/2024 7:26:00 AM
Wow that is quite a unique capture on how frightening childhood can be. Well done.
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David Crandall
Date: 4/4/2024 8:24:00 AM
Thanks Chetta, haha, "unique" is a nice word for the type of kid I was.
Date: 4/4/2024 1:50:00 AM
Well done, David! No apology should you be making to Edgar P. for your talented take on one of his best. I wonder if the child’s mother was named Lenore.
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David Crandall
Date: 4/4/2024 8:27:00 AM
Thanks Lin. haha, come to think of it - you're right - her name was Lenore! Struggling to copy the rhyme pattern really makes me appreciate that great poem even more.

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