Mon 11 Nov, 2002 12:58 pm
"The End of the Raven"
by Edgar Allan Poe's Cat
with canonical apologies to Edgar Allan Poe
On a night quite unenchanting, when the rain was downward slanting,
I awakened to the ranting of the man I catch mice for.
Tipsy and a bit unshaven, in a tone I found quite craven,
Poe was talking to a Raven perched above the chamber door.
"Raven's very tasty," thought I, as I tiptoed o'er the floor,
"There is nothing I like more."
Soft upon the rug I treaded, calm and careful as I headed
Towards his roost atop that dreaded bust of Pallas I deplore.
While the bard and birdie chattered, I made sure that nothing clattered,
Creaked, or snapped, or fell, or shattered, as I crossed the corridor;
For his house is crammed with trinkets, curious and weird decor --
Bric-a-brac and junk galore.
Still the Raven never fluttered, standing stock-still as he uttered,
In a voice that shrieked and sputtered, his two cents' worth --
While this dirge the birdbrain kept up, oh, so silently I crept up,
Then I crouched and quickly leapt up, pouncing on the feathered bore.
Soon he was a heap of plumage, and a little blood and gore --
Only this and not much more.
"Oooo!" my pickled poet cried out, "Pussycat, it's time I dried out!
Never sat I in my hideout talking to a bird before;
How I've wallowed in self-pity, while my gallant, valiant kitty
Put an end to that damned ditty" - then I heard him start to snore.
Back atop the door I clambered, eyed that statue I abhor,
Jumped - and smashed it on the floor.
As a general rule, i prefer to see cats after rigor mortis has set in . . . but my hat is off to your kitty, Boss, for excellent poetic parody . . .
He he, I hope everyone knows that this isn't mine, it's a parody that has been around (it's the most famous net parody of Poe).
It's here at deb's request. She likes cats more than Poe.
My grandfather was a great lover of Poe. On those very rare occassions when he got a snootfull, he would sing Poe's verses--dog knows where he got the music . . .
Ok, but you know he will have to take second place as all time Poe lover supreme? There's this fellow I've known all my life who is number one. He even memorizes the translations of Poe and he gets very jealous about this so let's let him believe he's fan #1.
wow who would that be? :wink:
Thank you Craven! You be sweet and kind!
(except when you isn't.....)
This is new to me. Very good.
Stinky and I enjoyed it as well...