We Aren’t Dead

Have you ever wondered what writers like Poe, Eliot, Brontë, Stoker, Plath… would sound like on Twitter? What would they tweet about? And, if you could, what would you reply to their tweets? Well, I’ve wondered. And, as you might expect, I poetized.

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I saw crows
pecking at soulless
body piles…
dead people afire,
humanity-stripped.

Body piles,
you said? What of teeth
and ravens?
My quill’s in dire need
of something to bleed.

Look deeper,
dear sirs, see us twitch—
we aren’t dead.
True humans will kick
‘til all tongues are freed.
.

a wee note…
– The 1st stanza of this poem is a tweet from T.S. Eliot. The 2nd stanza is Edgar Alan Poe’s reply to Eliot’s tweet. And, since I refuse to stay out of any conversation that involves teeth and fire, the 3rd stanza is my reply to Eliot and Poe. If you wish to play, visit the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads and see what you need to do to Twitter Me a Gothic Poem.
– Linked to Poets United ~ Poetry Pantry, 348.

image borrowed from @Edgar_Allan_Poe

77 thoughts on “We Aren’t Dead

  1. this is such a good idea, Magaly and your poem is an excellent example of how it can become so much more than a tweet. Your modulation of tone is excellent, and the elements of rhyme sparkle.

  2. I just watched “To walk invisible” about the Brontë family, and your post made me imagine the sisters tweeting about their drugged out brother (under pseudonyms obviously).

  3. Oooh this is pure genius Magaly 😀 I am sure if Eliot and Poe had met there would have been some wicked poetry to deal with. Sigh.. beautifully executed!❤️

  4. This is a well thought piece, Magaly. Love brevity of the form as well. My response, I too:

    My quill’s in dire need
    of something to bleed.

    So looking forward to Dark Poetry challenge, and in the meantime I sharpen my quill.😊

  5. The tone for each author is so spot on, it’s eerie (which I think would tickle them, especially Poe). And in this collage of perfect tone, you’ve conveyed something deeper than one might expect in such a playful format.

  6. I am glad you had to be part of the conversation, your response is clever and the ending speaks volumes. I am never quite sure what you will weave with words, which makes each visit enjoyable.

    True humans will kick
    ‘til all tongues are freed.

  7. I must be a true human then, picking , biting, clawing, an honorary raptor, like the raven. I hear TS and then Edgar and you–in a poem totally Magally!

  8. OOOPs, i do that sometimes, stepping ahead of what is already there, maybe a bit of Alicemania

    I just realised that your prompt is already live
    I responded, what FUN

    much love…

  9. Hi Magaly, yes your two fit as a matched pair perfectly. Your two cents then was better than perfect. Thank you for this nice prompt, I always like to see what the prompter does with it.
    ..

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