The Keeshond - With Apologies to Poe

cleo edgar allen poe halloween keeshond poetry Oct 31, 2022

By Paul Roberts

There have been many “copycat” versions of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem “The Raven.” I thought this Halloween I’d try my own version.

                                  The Keeshond 

Once upon an afternoon rainy, while I pondered, with my brainy,

Over many a quaint and curious video in my online store-

While I was napping (imagine the timing) suddenly there came a whining

As of someone sad and pining, pining at my office door.

“Tis just Cleo,” I muttered, “pining at my office door-

Only my pup and nothing more.” 


Ah, distinctly I remember in one day ‘twould be November;

Cleo’s whine made me remember that ghosts tonight would be at the door.

Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow

From the rain surcease of sorrow—walking in the rain ’s a bore—

And the year old worn out rain boots often made my tootsies sore—

            Oooh, the pain, for evermore.


Presently her whines grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,

“Cleo” said I, “you silly, truly your forgiveness I implore;

But you’re interrupting with your timing, my nap when you came whining

And so faintly you came pining, pining at my office door,

That I scarce was sure I heard you”—here I opened wide the door;—

            There she sat with fur galore.


Deep into those dark eyes peering, knowing that the time was nearing

For trick or treaters to come cheering, cheering at my door;

And that Cleo, though house broken, would jump on kids rain soaken,

And the only words there spoken would be shouted, “Close the door!”

“Shall we walk?” This I whispered, and this doggy I adore—

            Jumped with all four feet off the floor.


Back into the neighborhood turning, all my toes in my boots burning 

I knew the exercise would keep her calmer than before.

“Surely,” said I, “surely there is something in my windowed office;

      For Cleo, who is a Halloween novice, to sit and chew and explore

Let her barks be still for an hour and ignore the knocks on the door;—

            ’Tis the wind and nothing more!”


Personally, I don’t care for scary movies, or particularly scary fiction. Share with us how you feel about that unusual genre “horror stories.”

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