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Just One Feather On My Pillow

Just one feather on my pillow

That’s all it took to pull me in

Just one feather on an otherwise flat bed

That’s all it took to hear the call


That’s all it took to pull me in

The commanding caw of the oil black crow

That’s all it took to follow that song

Haunting deeper than bone and marrow


The commanding caw of the oil black crow

Came calling calling calling in my ever deep sleep

Haunting in the endless deep soul

Leaving the black blot stain of ink behind


Came the calling calling calling in my deep sleep

She my muse whispers to me

Tattooing the thin skin of my passion

Deep ancient goddess she


She my muse that whispers to me

Pulling me deeper in and farther on

Oh deity before gods inspiring the hand of poets

Lady chaos bringing order


Pulling me and beckoning me ever deeper

To the hungry hands of the poem write

Madam midnight of the endless abyss bringing inspiration

Open your wings and set to flight


To the hungry hands of the poem write

Upon the papyrus of my history inscribe

Open your wings to carry me o’er the endless sea

My soul cries out, “Feed me!”


Upon the papyrus of my history inscribe

That I will not to that faceless fire go

My soul so hungry, feed

Awake in me the deeper passion still


That I will not to that faceless fire go

Old crow what story do you know

Awake in me the deeper lust for life

Just one feather on my pillow


Dedicated to:

Edgar and Lucinda


Review of The Raven

I recently went to see the new movie, The Raven. I went in with both curiosity and some resistance. Poe is one of my heroes and favorite authors and I was a little worried he wouldn’t be treated fairly as a character of fiction. There is always the idea that Hollywood will be, well, Hollywood, and make things up to suit their endgame. But not this time, not outlandishly so anyway. What I left the theater with was a sense of honest awe, and a shivering case of goosebumps. So, upfront, I easily and readily admit to loving this movie. Let’s go into why.

     The story was one I could easily imagine Poe himself writing. It was, as the last line of the movie said, “A dream within a dream.” That powerful and potent theme was carefully woven throughout the whole tale, and tied a beautiful, howbeit gothic, knot at the end. The Raven was a masterfully told story, one part intrigue, one part mystery, and three parts absolute fun and entertainment. There were layers and themes carefully placed, and never forgotten, wonderful characterizations, a mystery to be solved, and a sense of passion driving the whole thing forward. I felt pulled into something larger than myself watching this, as though I were one of those fortunate people who so long ago first discovered the illicit writings of the dark master when the tales he told were young, fresh, potent, and full of new life.

     Another great force to be reckoned with in the movie was John Cusack. At first I was hesitant to see him play Poe. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of him, but I guess some part of me is protective of my Poe, and so, like a father guarding his baby girl, I wasn’t sure any actor would be good enough. I was very wrong, sorely so, and I openly and easily admit this now. Having seen the movie, I can’t think of anyone else to better portray the man than John Cusack. Some might say that Cusack didn’t play up the insanity of Poe nearly as much as they expected, but I wonder if that need for Poe to be a mad man isn’t more hype than reality. I wonder, if in fact as was portrayed in the movie, that the life and circumstances about the man weren’t some larger part in his own mental strain and taxation than was any other thing. Regardless, I enjoyed Cusack’s portrayal of Poe, and the way he fleshed him out, made him human, down to earth and approachable. I felt as if I had come to know the man I had admired for so long, in a new way entirely.

     I’d recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of Poe, his works, the gothic genre, or who simply enjoys a good bit of play on history. It is entertaining whether you know much, or absolutely nothing of Edgar Allan Poe. This movie is easily a modern classic, and one of my new all-time favorites. Don’t go see it because others love it, but rather, go see it that you may love it yourself!

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