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Reading Poe

by Bill Bowler

Reading Poe!
The desperate bells
toll for the lost
drowned Haunted
Castle of the mind!
The soaring spirits
sucking the life
from poor mortals below
possessed by
premature death
and early burial
and eternal love
beyond the jaws of the grave.
Exquisite, exquisite
song-like voice
of the genius of innocent suffering,
the deep, clanging melody of
lost love, lost love
and the sick fading of youth
and knowledge of the truth.

Copyright © 2009 by Bill Bowler

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