A Red Rhyme at Blue 14

I adored when the 4:30 movie featured Vincent Price playing characters straight out of Edgar Allen Poe stories. Images of men strapped to tables – sharp pendulums making slow descents – are forever sliced into my brain. Remarkably, my young teenage journal from those influential Poe Days, has withstood the test of time. Here’s a piece from my 14-year-old, drama-infused self.

If I should die in silence
what reason would there be
to have no other hands
share in my misery
so I shall ne’er expire
’cause I can’t cry for me

Paper Shadow

Paper Shadow

May you dream of pristine poetry in rhythmic lines of slumber…and if there are teens in your life, may they be happy and drama-free. 🙂

Poem written in 1977, graphic created with Prisma pencil in 2014 🙂

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17 thoughts on “A Red Rhyme at Blue 14

  1. So I was right — you have ALWAYS been creative! I fell in love with Poe as a teen, too…his darkness and despair fit right in with my lower moments. And I love that your paper has three holes punched in it. Happy Easter Week! – Fawn

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    • Or I pretended 😉
      Poe hit all the right teen notes, didn’t he.
      Happy Easter to you my friend. I have no doubt, beautiful little Easter outfits are hanging in a nearby closet in your home 🙂
      I’ll be spending Easter with the big Italian extension 😉
      AnnMarie 🙂

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    • I know, it’s amazing – isn’t it. Poe’s imagery sticks in the brain and terrorizes the soul. 🙂
      I’ve always loved creatures and monsters – but some of the realistic horror of today – specifically movies – makes me want to hide under the bed with my Stephen King books. 😉

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  2. Ah, 1977 — my first year in … college. And you were writing inspired, sophisticated poetry! Say what?! So your budding talent was showing even then, Miss, and continues. Love that “paper shadow” image (and the artwork). Today in the car I just finished a book, Sarah Manguso’s ONGOINGNESS: THE END OF A DIARY, about how she kept a diary for 25 years. Sadly, I was a little disappointed with the book, but it did make me think of diary-keeping, in which all kinds of writing, including poetry, is often kept. You’re a poet, Missy.

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    • Hi Deb,
      My little journal from back when holds a mixed bag of teen-angst. There’s some really goofy writing on its pages – I may brave up and share – I think at this stage my ego can handle it 😉
      Based on the title ONGOINGNESS – I would have picked the book up – sounds exceptionally promising.
      I keep thinking it’s Monday. I’m missing a day this week – now where did it go?
      AM 🙂

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      • My days will be off all week; they always are during a holiday week. Share your writing! 🙂 The book’s title was more promising than the contents. (I don’t know how to make a “frowning” emoticon.)

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      • Days off are better than any book!
        I’ll be off blogging until later – I just received a most excellent selection of writings from a well-known author and I’m most excited to read them.
        AnnMarie 🙂
        Can you believe these gorgeous works arrived in fugly manila 😉

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      • Oh, God. 🙂 Make sure you take a look at the “date” those dumb things were written — “back in the day,” as they say, when I was foolish and stupid.

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      • I’m really enjoying – never dumb. I read more as defiant, fighting the loops others try ringing a bright student into…
        Evolving phases of a writer’s journey across the beautiful universe they sculpt …

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  3. Now you’re talking about one of my favorite actors. Did you know that he was from St. Louis, my home town? Did you know that he was known for his gourmet cooking as much as for his acting? He even performed in that classic Halloween spoof song we all love so much. Vincent Price had one of the most iconic voices of all times, doing many voice over parts. My favorite movie of his was The Abominable Dr. Phibes in which he gets revenge on doctors he accuses of killing his ill wife. They don’t make horror movies like that anymore.

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    • lol
      I knew there is a reason I like you beyond your talents, your penchant for coffee clutching, your humor and your motorbiking 🙂
      Thank you for sharing VP’s background. I was unaware and it’s really interesting.
      Though, one can easily see Mr. Price donning a chef’s hat 🙂
      Happy Tuesday, Bob.
      AnnMarie 🙂

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      • It’s laundry day at Bob’s house so nothing exciting going on here. I have plenty of new photos for my next 3 days worth of blog post with more to process after that. We’re in for some rain in the next few days so I’ll just kick back, do my chores and wait for Easter. 🙂

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