Saturday, October 24, 2015

A Raven Redux with Tea



Once upon a midnight dreary, Burt awoke, confused but cheery,
While he'd slept (he called it napping), suddenly there came a tapping!
Was there someone gently rapping? Rapping at his own backdoor?
Only this, and nothing more.




He was absolutely sober, that night in late October, when he ventured to that door.
Deep into the darkness peering, wondering just what he was fearing,
 to still the beating of his metaphorical heart, he stood repeating . . .
"Ok, who's there? What do you want? Do you know what time it is?
Darkness there, and nothing more.




Flinging open the kitty door, in there stepped a stately Raven, from the days of ancient yore.
Then this strange bird beguiling got Burt's tired face to smiling, by the bossy continence he wore.
There Burt stood, engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
until he resorted to addressing, what this creature had in store.  
Who are you, grim and skeletal raven, wandering from the Winnebago shore?
Then the bird said, "Nevermore."




What a strange name, poor Burt exclaimed. We'll need some tea, this is all too insane,
and with those words it immediately came. The Mad Hatter, as always, was ready to pour.
Quoth the Raven, "No offence Burt, but I think tea at midnight is kind of a snore."





Soon again Burt heard a tapping somewhat louder than before,
Let me see then who it is, who is tapping at my door!
Quoth the Raven, "It's only Ms. Ivy, that you adore!"




Burt threw open the menacing door, "Dearest Ivy, your forgiveness I do implore.
All this crazy tapping and rapping has rattled to me to my very core!
Do come in, I have often offered refreshments to visitors entreating entrance before." 
Quoth the Raven, "there's always room for more!"





A quaint and curious blend of forgotten teas from ancient world's ends,
were quickly steeped for Burt's new friend and as the Hatter began to pour,
Quoth the Raven, ". . . alright, now I'm really, really bored."
  





Fresh tea was brought for Ms. Ivy along with some cake.
Though she took just a little, as it was getting quite late,
she enjoyed the company, there's no mistake about that.
Quoth the Raven, "Hey, where did you get your hat?"





They shared the cake in silence unbroken, and the stillness gave no token
yet the only words there spoken was the whispered, "have some more?"
Quoth the Raven, "Watch your step, I'm afraid I was sick on the floor."





Mad Hatter's Bella Notte serenade capped the evening off right,
though it's not part of Halloween lore, it fit in perfectly that night.
The party was spooky, but without any gore because after all that's what I was aiming for.
As for the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting on the table, waiting to implore . . .
Quoth the Raven, More, more, more!


Thank you for visiting! 
My thanks to Edgar Allan Poe and apologies to his fans.

Many thanks to the fabulous Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for hosting this fun event!

45 comments:

  1. Oh what great fun, a fabulous piece of poetry re-writing, Well Done !!!!
    And my goodness, that cake !!
    Hope to see you at my party soon
    Mad Madam Mel xx

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm just on my way to your party!

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  2. LOL ! I knew this would be a wonderfully Raven-ous Tea, (sorry), love the decor also, and that cake looks to die for, (sorry again), Hope you can visit my tea, thanks, Celeste, at: http://plumfieldhousegardens.blogspot.com/

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    1. "Raven-ous", ha,ha! - now that's a good one! Too bad I didn't think of that! Glad you could drop in.

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  3. Wow ..... what an awesome bit of poetry rewritten :-)
    Such a fun party - it made me smile :-)
    My cauldron is bubbling, so stop by for a cup of witches brew, and a cookie or two ...
    http://talesofaneedleandthread.blogspot.com/2015/10/witches-tea-party-2015.html

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  4. I love how you adapted Edgar Allen Poe's the Raven. I also love how the Madhatter is involved. Love the photos and the photos of the Madhatter. Great job! xoxo Su

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. The Mad Hatter really enjoys acting silly and would be in every one of my blog posts if I let him. That said, he's a pretty good sport and takes direction well.

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  5. WOW...love the Poe´s Raven...the Skelletens and Madhatter...thanks for let me be a part of your party...Happy Halloween

    xoxo
    Kerstin
    http://www.cobblestone-prims.blogspot.de/2015/10/witches-tea-party2015.html

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed visiting your party and loved seeing your fantastic collection of Halloween decorations. I couldn't leave a comment for some strange technical reason, but I will try again. So happy you could stop by!

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  6. Hi! I really love how you rewrote The Raven, great job!!! I especially love the costumes ;)

    Sincerely, Citrus and Neon

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it, I was a little worried about doing a parody of such a famous poem! Thank you for stopping in for a spell.

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  7. Yes, more, more, more! This is a delightful telling of the tweaked version of The Raven. You are so very clever. This was a delightful post. I'll be back for more, more, more.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. Like the Raven says, there's always room for more!

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  8. A wonderfuly spooky tale! Loved the Mad Hatter serenading part! <3

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    1. Actually that was all his idea! He thought Burt and Ivy should have a Lady and the Tramp moment, ha! Like it needed another story line?

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  9. ABSOLUTELY, outstanding. Poe has nothing on you! I loved it and I want more, more, more. I'm glad you dug up the Mad Hatter, he is pretty cool! Please come and visit my tea that pales in comparison..Happy Halloween..Judy

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    1. Thank you, but your poetry is lovely and you wrote it yourself! I borrowed many lines from The Raven in addition to his phrasing, so it's just a parody. I can't take credit for the Mad Hatter either, I was just going to have him pour the tea. There's no keeping him out of a blog party, no matter what! So glad you had an enjoyable time.

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  10. Wonderful party! Happy Witches Tea Party Day!
    blessings
    ~*~

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  11. I haven't laughed this hard in a very long time. I'm so forwarding a link of your party to a friend, who like me, loves Poe, poetry, skeletons, the Mad Hatter and a delicious cup of tea.

    Your party has been one of my favorites!

    Happy Witches Tea Party and Happiest Halloween!
    Magaly Guerrero

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the party! I was a bit worried I might offend Poe fans with my silliness. After spending the better part of a day with The Raven I have to say I've developed a new respect for it, though it still fails to hold my interest once I get about two thirds of the way through. Think I'll reread one of his other works.

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  12. Always happy to visit with Burt!

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    1. I can say with certainty, the pleasure is all his.

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  13. Oh My Word what a marvellous theatrical rendition, bravo! Love your Poe-etical twisting and the staging and humour - wow - so much work. Well done. Thanks for sharing. Happy Halloweeeeen from Queen Marcheline at Royal Doll Town :-)

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad your could stop by our Poe inspired soiree!

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  14. What a fabulous party and story. Enjoyed it so!
    From the party over at the Studio of Designing Fairy.

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  15. Enjoyed the story. Happy Halloween! Join us at http://lenorita-lenoramoore.blogspot.ca

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  16. Ohhhh, I'm clapping! I looooooooooved your party! Those cheeky wonderful skellies and your mad hatter. Totally a party after my own heart!! Thank you so much for joining in the cackling fun <3

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    1. Thank you for dreaming up this fantastic event and for taking on all the hosting duties!

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  17. Your post is wonderful, I laughed so hard! Thank you, and thank you for visiting my party.

    Blessings,

    Victoria

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    1. It's always good to hear that people are laughing, that's my goal!

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  18. Spooky party for me (dont laugh, I am from Europe :DD) but I love your details. Happy Halloween and welcome to our Witches Tea Party at: http://blythetheque.blogspot.fr/2015/10/witches-tea-party.html

    Hugs, Monika

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    1. Oh, I'm sorry, they're just plastic, if that helps? I loved your elegant tea party, the black jack o' lantern is the best looking Halloween decoration I've ever seen! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  19. Your story was wonderful,You do have great talent for words and poetry. Looks like You had great fun the night of the party-thank You, I had fun too.

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  20. What a fun crew for tea!! The raven is intense! Happy Halloween!

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  21. Absolutely beautiful! Belatedly making the party rounds now that I am back home!
    Happy Halloween, Dear!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  22. Absolutely beautiful! Belatedly making the party rounds now that I am back home!
    Happy Halloween, Dear!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  23. So fabulous! Love your vignettes and the story that goes along with it all. Wonderful. Happy Halloween to you! Would love you to visit my Witches Tea Party if you have a moment.

    Ciao,
    Suzanne

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  24. So fabulous! Love your vignettes and the story that goes along with it all. Wonderful. Happy Halloween to you! Would love you to visit my Witches Tea Party if you have a moment.

    Ciao,
    Suzanne

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