The Edgar Allan Poe Doll

by Larry Chamberlin   Dec 20, 2014

Gift: An Edgar Allan Poe Doll

My mean sister has a doll collection
not unusual, you think,
but you'd be wrong,
for her dolls are no Barbies
or Kens or even Raggedy Anns.

She has a row of poets and writers
from Chaucer to Shakespeare,
from Wadsworth to cummins,
from Frost to Angelou:
Christmas gifts lining her shelf.

Most of them are decent sorts,
minding their p's and q's,
they dot their i's, cross their t's,
and never leave their spots
mounted above their own works.

Save one, the incorrigible Poe;
Edgar Allan never seems to be
where he belongs, on the tome
of his works - red embossed
leather binding, gold edged pages.

I used to get the blame
until I went away to camp
and his wanderings continued,
winding up under sofas
or in the back yard.

No one could understand
why this macabre poet alone
was staked out for anguish -
unless perhaps it was fair
recompense for all he wrote.

Would some raven swoop down
and carry him off unseen
by any living creature,
to await the rebuilding
of the house of Usher?

Or is he seeking a cask
of fine Amontillado
in a walled-up dungeon
guarded by some grisly
skeleton with faded grin?

My horrible elder sister,
had you never tormented me
I would never have sewn
the catnip inside him
for your black cat to relish so.

[Andrea's contest]


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  • 3 years ago

    by Samuel Ernst

    I love this, being a younger brother myself this sibling revenge was most satisfying. I couldnt figure out what was making it move if it wasn't you or your sister trying to get you in trouble and then "wham" sibling revenge, catnip for the win. Very well written, I got a really good and much needed laugh out of it :-)

  • 3 years ago

    by BlueJay

    Judging comment:

    This piece did very well in Andrea's contest and is continuing to make waves on poems and quotes. The story line itself is hilarious, the word choice is great, and the idea is so completely unique that it is wonderful in every way possible. Very well worth its place in Andrea's contest and now worth a week's worth of spotlight for it's stunning use of every skill in a poet's pallet. Absolutely love this piece.

  • 3 years ago

    by Meena Krish

    I'm not much of a funny poem fan but this I must say really was enjoyable! Congrats on the win Sir :)

  • 3 years ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Congrats on the win! I enjoyed reading this and glad it's highlighted...that's about all I can say :)

  • 3 years ago

    by Naughtymouse

    Larry.... your a freakin awesome writer congrats. **one tips ones hat to thee!