Quotable Poe Week Three-Violet Lentz

Not I


When the end became inevitable- ruthlessness drained from him like so
much sour sweat.

Dually castrated, both power and position irreparably severed, he
became the culmination of everything he never was- but could have
saved himself- if only he had been. Humble. Gentle. Meek. Qualities
that if he had employed them outside of the present theater of
derision, might have served him well. But at this juncture?

I cannot say, said metamorphose did not cause my heart to stray. Even
go out to him at times. In fact, I was never kinder to the old man-
than during the whole week before I killed him.

Yet, when alas the final fetid draft did cross his lips, I was left to
wonder if perhaps a mistake had not been made.

The elation I had envisioned his ultimate expiration would bring-
exhibited itself instead- as a vast emptiness. Sans the nurture of my
festering abhorrence- existence, became all but meaningless.

Yes, the boundaries which divide life and death are at best shadowy
and vague. Who shall say where one ends, and where the other begins?

Not I.

© 2019 Violet Lentz

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Violet Lentz – Quotable Poe – Life and death?

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  2. Hate is a stronger feeling than love and drives our passions more intently. Nicely written Violet.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Reblogged this on Brave & Reckless and commented:

    Violet Lentz quotes Poe on Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen


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