Today I decided to try to distill Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” into haiku form. The idea originally comes from the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, but over at the 13th Floor Paradigm, I decided to use it as a Sunday Writing Prompt…giving full credit of course to who, from my point of view created this great exercise!
So here we go with Poe:
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this, and nothing more.”
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Nameless here for evermore.
Poe’s Raven in Haiku
dreary winter’s night
studying arcane lore books
a tapping is heard
mourning sweet Lenore
embers dying in the hearth
bleak December night