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I Am a Modern Day Poe.

Updated on June 1, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

A recreation of Edgar Allen Poe that includes some of my own facial features in case you thought he looked a wee bit weird, as if he didn't look weird enough al

The haunting look of Poe combines with some of my own features.Cleft chin, facial lines and hair style.
The haunting look of Poe combines with some of my own features.Cleft chin, facial lines and hair style. | Source

Please don't hang me from my poet-tree. My telltale heart has tattled that I am becoming a much darker memory than poor Poe.

I am becoming a modern day
Edgar Allen Poe
a man of woe
I press my tales of
sorrow and unquenchable love
with twisting, gnarled hands
that wield 26 keys that open my mind.
A wordsmith hammering out thoughts
that set my soul to quivering
with anticipation
much like Poe's quill quivered
in the sling of his hand
as he embraced what was
unthinkable then in his mind.
Likewise I must embrace
what is surely unthinkable
in the minds of my readers.
Not here at the hub I have had
sweet fellowship with learn-ed minds.
But the hub is a closed avenue
one cannot repost what
strikes them as brilliant
down the thousands of other avenues
where readers could peruse
the neon flashes of one's mind.
That opportunity brings on censorship
and good work being
unpublished here as well.
My work is read by the masses
but alas I remain un-renowned
in this age of 10 million poets
all bleeding ink
Jetting from the arteries
of their brains acoss the web
that stretches the girth of the world.
My tiny percentage of contributions
are lost in the shuffle.
The web is a massive machine
scrolling on daily
there is no table of my contents
to feast on daily
therefore I am anything but content.
Poe was a poor Poet
given to drink
after sucking on the bitters
of his minor success
during his short life.
He was a wit and
I am reduced to a twit
Just a handful of words
to entice the reader
to click with me.
I make impressions that seem
shallower than the footprints
of a passing vagrant
across the beach at high tide.
Washed away far too quickly
by what comes by next.

Over 50,000 impressions
in the last 28 days
but few links to my readers
and even fewer comments.
Over 2 million hits on one site alone!
The Poe in me wails for higher recognition
But the world at large is deafened by
a 20 second or so attention span.
text is no longer digestable
unless it is abbreviated
into a sentence or two
by the youth of today.....
tommorrows readers
of paragraphs reduced to epitaphs
This then is my pre-obitch-uary
for that hopefully distant
point in time
when I finally accept the fact
that my work will be part of an
archive of unread poetic works
among billions of like words
or of lesser works mouldering
in a website file
of deceased writers
somewhere East of any despair.
I suppose I should construct
a large time capsule
of heavy duty aluminum
and bury all of my writings and songs
in my backyard
for posterity with a marble stone
that reads:
For curious minds only.
Then perhaps some
Hungry literary
hearti-ologist will
excavate my cherished thoughts
several hundred years from today
and publish at long last
the rantings and the outpourings
of a long lost species
Honoring decades from now
the humble outpourings of my soul.
I have become
a modern day Poe
a man of great woe.
Born too long after my time
and gone too soon to be remembered.

© 2017 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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