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The Messenger
by Paul Berube
Friday, January 22, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This is a rewrite and dedicated to the memory of Edgar Allen Poe.



I came upon a barren field
with iron bars around its girth.
Atop the gate of rust and steel,
an evil bird sat on his perch.

This darkened shadow, black as coal,
with shallow piercing amber eyes,
cast his lot onto my soul
and flew off into ebon skies.

I'm told a specter of this worth,
appears within life's final breath
of he who will abandon earth,
precisely at his hour of death.

Vile apparition, gone away,
was but your presence meant for me?
Accept my pardons, this I pray,
release me from eternity.

Dawn breaks arises in the east,
darkness fades amid my scream,
visions of that feathered beast
was nothing but a passing dream.


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Reviewed by Keith Rowley 7/27/2012
Strong images and a smooth poetic flow. I like it.
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/4/2011
Great from beginning to end.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 1/28/2011
In rhythm and rhyme, Paul, you are Poe. -gene.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 6/13/2010
You've captured the essence of Poe's style.. Good poem....M
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/6/2010
Paul I don't know how I missed this, it's great and I really enjoyed it. Hope you are well, you are missed.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 2/25/2010
You write eerie so well. Some vivid descriptions in this poem. The gate reminds me of Poe, but also of another scare King...Stephen King, that is. His house in Maine has a spooky gate. (I think his has gargoyles.) I like how you showed the very real fear of this character, too. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 2/1/2010
I like Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. This reminds me of the movie The Raven where the raven brings back a wrongly killed rock and roll singer to exact vengeanace on those who killed him and his fiancče. Stark images are all through this and makes a person shudder at the thought that a single common bird can be the harbinger of death. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and walk by your side. With love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your den sister Barbie
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 1/24/2010
I love Poe, and I loved this, and that crow and his Nevermore, lol. This was well-written, indeed.
Reviewed by Kerry Compton Star Girl 1/24/2010
GREAT rhythm...loved how the words danced as you read them.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/23/2010
...this has vivid images and emotions telling a story as well...our dreams may pass..but much stays as well...SO good to see you post Paul
Love and Blessings,
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/23/2010
Very Poe like and very enjoyable Paul, Patrick
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 1/23/2010
Your words are up now. Glad it was just a dream...Ron
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 1/23/2010
Good Morning, Paul. I was so happy to see you had posted....but as Andy said, the page is empty except for your preface. This happened to me awhile back as well and I had to re-post.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 1/22/2010
Hmmm, paul you need to find dem words cos dis page is blank,

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