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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

TITLE: Shivering and Shuddering
By Verna Cole Mitchell
01/25/07


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Shivering and Shuddering

I shivered in my boots to hear the heartbeat ‘neath the floor
And listened to the raven when he quoted “Nevermore.”

I held my breath in horror at poor Fortunato’s end,
Being bricked up in a wall by his vengeful jealous friend.

I wept sad tears for Annabel in her crypt there by the sea
And wondered at the sorrow of love destined not to be.

I shuddered with disgust at one with such a wretched life,
He would hang his fat black cat, and would axe his loving wife.

I quaked with fear at seeing in the mad barbaric revel
How Red Death was unmasked to be a dark decaying devil.

All this I did while reading from that famous author Poe,
Whose morbid fancies oft' led him to places I’d not go.

Indeed, Poe was a writer of such creativity
He wrote of sin and sadness with supreme ability.

If I had Poe’s great talent, I would write so folks could read
How God’s grace is sufficient to meet every person’s need.


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Terry R A Eissfeldt 02/01/07
Well done! Now I want to read more Poe.
Jan Ackerson 02/02/07
Wonderful! I love Poe--he's great to teach to high schoolers--and I was wondering how you were going to end this poem. You found just the right note!
Birdie Courtright02/02/07
Great job! It flows together perfectly. Very imaginitive take on the topic as well.
Jacquelyn Horne02/03/07
I love poetry, but I'm hard to please. I did enjoy this poem however. Keep it up!
Marilyn Schnepp 02/03/07
Now THIS is what I call fantastic poetry! Great job! Perfect rhyme and rhythm,metered to perfection. Fantastico! Kudos, fellow Poet, Kudos!
Mariane Holbrook02/06/07
Nice job! Kudos! I like your work.
Linda Watson Owen02/06/07
Besides writing so skillfully, you've voiced a thought I've often had when enjoying some of the gifted greats of literature. Well done!
cindy yarger02/07/07
This brought me back to the 5th grade where my teacher would read Poe to us by candlelight! You did a great descriptive job and your twist at the end was delightful. Well done.
Margaret Kearley 04/19/12
Well, perhaps 5 years too late, I'll make my comment and say I think this is brilliant! Like the first 'commenter' it has made me want to read more of Poe! Knowing he has rather a dark frame of mind though, I am thrilled with how your poem ends - wonderful! Really enjoyed this.