The Raven - My Way- Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe

Updated on December 6, 2017
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The Raven

The reputed to be pet raven of Charles Dickens
The reputed to be pet raven of Charles Dickens | Source

Once upon the month September, it was warm as I remember,
I was travelling through the country which I hadn't done before.
I was looking out the window of a train I had been in though,
and was listening to some music, with my bags stacked on the floor.
All the passengers were sleeping, snoring sounds were heard galore,
only this, and nothing more.

On my way to the big city, Philadelphia, very pretty,
I remember from the old times, that I had been there before.
I was meeting some dear poet, big surprise, she had to show it,
in the area, closed to public, we went up to the fifth floor.
In the library of this city, she just opened one big door,
only that, and nothing more.

Silence reigned in this here study, all cleaned up, not even muddy,
and the walls, they were all covered, from the ceiling to the floor,
with the books of famous writer, Dickens could not have been brighter.
Desk and chair, his pen and ink pot, there was so much to explore,
that alone was overwhelming, but she went through one more door,
going through, and nothing more.

In the hallway on a table, all stuffed up and with a label,
which was telling that this black bird, had been owned by Charles before.
He was standing there quite proudly, though he once murmured not loudly,
after gently rapping, tapping, softly on Poe's chamber door.
As an echo on Poe's whispered, only spoken word 'Lenore',
merely that, and nothing more.

It was special and impressive, even quite a bit excessive,
that I had the chance to glance, at this pet which I adore.
It is kept in good condition, it's a raven with a mission,
from a time that life was different, which will not return, no more.
I can tell you that my jaw, almost lowered to the floor,
only that, and nothing more.

The Free Library of Philadelphia

In 2002 I travelled through the USA for about three weeks from Boston to Florida to visit some poets whom I had met on the internet. One stop was in Philadelphia and the poet I met over there happened to work in the Philadelphia Free Library and she took me and two fellow poets up to the fifth floor, a normally closed area for public and she showed us the complete study of Charles Dickens that had been set up there. In the corridor stood a glass display case with a taxidermied bird that is reputed to be the very one that Dickens owned and that had inspired Edgar Allen Poe when he wrote his famous poem 'The Raven'.

Charles Dickens' Study at the Library of Pensylvania USA
Charles Dickens' Study at the Library of Pensylvania USA | Source
Charles Dickens' Study at the Library of Pensylvania USA
Charles Dickens' Study at the Library of Pensylvania USA | Source
Charles Dickens' Study at the Library of Pensylvania USA
Charles Dickens' Study at the Library of Pensylvania USA | Source

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