An Old Saying



“There’s an old saying

that applies to me:

you can’t lose a game

if you don’t play the game.”

(Act 1, scene 4)


― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet





always true

you cannot win

if you don’t play





journeyman learns trade

making perfection that last

God has the last laugh




He lived in Philadelphia once

the man who wrote dark and dreary

who understood the word nuance

but did not know the word cheery


his favorite bird was the raven

his heart was hidden from view

as a critic he was brazen

to his thirteen year old cousin he was true


his worst critic labeled him an alcoholic

he lived in poverty fighting for a copyright

never a poem did he write bucolic

his stories are not to be read at night


father of the modern mystery story

his short life was also an enigma

his life and his works an allegory

living and writing about a stigma


the world does celebrate him posthumously

writer, poet, editor, critic, Edgar Allan Poe

most stories of him were written anonymously

believe what you want as his legend does grow.


ME and the Boss








About merb010

Spring Hill, FL, United States Two nice old folks just hanging out, not hurting a bug or anything larger. The years have been kind to us and we now we are enjoying our golden years reading and writing. We are grateful for the God given talents that we now use to help others. View all posts by merb010

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