This landscape with its somber skiesMust have fallen in loveWith a story by Edgar Allan Poe.One of its birch trees could be his Eleonora,And the other, further on, Ligeia.
Life is a dream within a dream,Whisper the fallen leaves under our feet.The old house, softly lit from withinBy its copper pots and mirrors,Seems even more abandoned this evening.
What if I were to knock on its door?Keeping in mind, as I push it openAnd enter cautiously, that for PoeBeauty could be the cause of sudden death.
—Charles Simic, “Dead Season”Art Credit Jungjin Lee

This landscape with its somber skies
Must have fallen in love
With a story by Edgar Allan Poe.
One of its birch trees could be his Eleonora,
And the other, further on, Ligeia.

Life is a dream within a dream,
Whisper the fallen leaves under our feet.
The old house, softly lit from within
By its copper pots and mirrors,
Seems even more abandoned this evening.

What if I were to knock on its door?
Keeping in mind, as I push it open
And enter cautiously, that for Poe
Beauty could be the cause of sudden death.

Charles Simic, “Dead Season”
Art Credit Jungjin Lee

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