The Raven Revisited, The Raven Unchained
Upon the floor in fervid fury,
I cast the glass in wicked hurry.
That darkened liquid stained the rug--
T'was no concern; I did not worry.
The midnight hour came and went--
A mix of tears and horrid fears fell like
Waterfalls into a liquor laden lake.
At last, I came to face the truth: my
mortal heart was spent.
"Oh, my darling; my dearest, sweetest
Evelyn. I suffer sorrow--
The sorrow spreads; the breadth so prevalent."
As I sat upon the matted floor, and
Pondered the depths of Pain,
There came a tapping at my window
Pane, and then a squawking at my door.
"Go away! I am no more."
Tapping, tapping, tapping, tapping;
Louder, louder; oh, what was happening ?
Enraged, I flew and threw the door wide
Open, and met the gaze of the demon Raven;
The Raven named 'Nevermore'.
Amid flight, he turned and beckoned for I to
I would not lie, my remaining strength; that
Strength, I swallowed. But, with the Raven
Calling, I surely followed.
From beam to beam of lunar light, I dashed
And dashed past trees of massive sight.
Into a clearing, the Raven steering, at last
We came upon a halt. And to the Raven, I did Say:
"I suffer blows. I pose this thought: a love so True, that love I sought has left me scarred. These scars, they show. And so of Love, I've Had enough! Assuredly, it surely shows. And So this act of a devil's pact, to hell with it. I call
Your bluff. Oh, and of these rhyme schemes...
I've had enough."
The Raven squawked and I listened, insipidly. Slowly, ever so slowly, I creeped up to the avian demon. His blackened eyes burned with such fury, I almost-- almost-- felt guilty for having no fear.
"Nevermore," I said, "you will not torment me further. No more than I already do. But, as does the Moon need the dark to shine as bright as it does, I too require this heartache; this darkness. And like the Sun-- no-- and like the Phoenix, I will rise and I will torment Torment, forevermore."
With a sudden and almost ungodly speed, I grabbed the Raven, Nevermore. My fingers closed, and closed so tightly; and with its blood, poured out a life so darkly sprightly.
Now, spoke the Raven nevermore.