In the meantime, enjoy the responses I have made to other prompts.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sayonara Lenore

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over routes and into buildings where I’d walked before—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my
 condo’s door.
‘Cross the room I slowly traveled, to unlock my condo’s door.
Scarcely could I manage more.

As I crossed I knew the stranger came to tell me of the danger
Faced by both myself and by my missing wife Lenore.
Poor Lenore, she had been taken, at our home there’d been a break-in,
By some hoodlums, god-forsaken—while I tended to the store—
For the ransom they’d requested all the contents of our store—
Was she gone for evermore?

I unlocked the door and noted, Sherriff Jeffries (now demoted
Due to hashish use which he was rumored to explore).
“Sir,” he said, “I am disgusted. Those at fault are those you trusted.
Your best friend tonight was busted with your wife Lenore.
‘Twas a plan they worked together, crafted by your wife Lenore.
Caused by lust and nothing more."

“Sir,” I said, “I had suspected. From our bed I’d been rejected,
But she said the reason I was ousted was I snore.
Now I know I have been cheated (and my store is not depleted),
I’ll be strong and not defeated – not be broken by Lenore.
Now the woman I once married – once addressed as 'My Lenore,'
Shall be nameless evermore."

Bolded section is from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven."  The prompt was to use the first line from the poem and to make it a mystery.

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