Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Ghost Walk"

Unitarian Church Graveyard, Charleston, SC


Ghost Tour

Misty moon, a theatrical guide -
an emotional retelling of Annabelle Lee

a translucent lady searching for love -
what Edgar, in vain, thirsted lifelong

clandestine ground where words surely wooed -
due a father's disdain, were doomed

Romeo to her Juliet; passion, tragedy, eternity -
fodder for which a poet's muse

could only bloom and grow.

by Margaret Bednar, June 6, 2017




I adore Ghost Tours, and this was one of the best I've experienced - largely due to the gentlemen who hosted us.  He was an actor, between jobs, and he knew how to tell a story, project so all could hear, and his ending recital of Edgar Allen Poe's  "Annabelle Lee" was mesmerizing.  The photo is NOT of her (six) grave(s), but another section in the graveyard.

As the story goes, Anna was rich and betrothed to another.  Her love was not her father's choice - the young man was just a private in the army - they met secretly in the graveyard.   Yet Edgar Perry (Allen Poe was his real name, but he lied about his name in order to be allowed to enlist) was transferred far away from Fort Moultrie.  Anna became sick and died - before Edgar could return.  Anna's father dug six graves - so Edgar would never know for sure where she lay in the place they once stole moments of love...

This is linked (late) to "Imaginary Garden of Real Toads Flash 55 Plus" (the bonus was Ghost Town - I tweaked it to Ghost Tour) and to "Imaginary Garden of Real Toads - The Tuesday Platform".

18 comments:

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is so incredibly beautiful! I could really see her especially love; "a translucent lady searching for love - what Edgar, in vain, thirsted lifelong
clandestine ground where words surely wooed" Beautifully penned.

thotpurge said...

Sounds like a fascinating tour... and you're right it will grow as fodder for many a muse.

Debi Swim said...

Great experience. I've never done a ghost walk. I'll have to try it some time. I think it's true what you say about "fodder" for the muse

colleen said...

I like the poem. I have heard we have Annabelle in our old graveyard here in Floyd VA or some story that remains.

Gillena Cox said...

Intriguing telling; thanks for sharing this poem with us

ALSO

We are paired up with for the 'In Tandem' Poetry Prompt
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much love...

Kerry O'Connor said...

The graveyard is very eerie at night - sure to give rise to a ghostly tale.

Timoteo said...

That dad...talk about holding a grudge!

Mama Zen said...

That sounds like the coolest thing ever!

Kim Russell said...

I love ghost poems, Margaret and this one hit the spot! It has everything:
a misty moon,a translucent lady, passion and tragedy.

brudberg said...

This is not just a ghost story ... it also reminds me of those Murder Ballads... and I love Annabelle Lee.

Martin Kloess said...

Wonderful play on one's imagination.

Ω said...

What a captivating reading! Thank you for sharing that. I am completely smitten by Edgar.

Ω said...

Oh, and I especially like the first three lines of your poem.

Jim said...

And now we know. Thank you, Margaret. Also thank you for sending me for a rereDing of Annabelle Lee. Besides Romeo and J, it sort of matches my first puppy love friend. Her dad took her out os school for a parochial school in the third grade. We had two wonderful years. Later, after graduation a bit she took her own life. I'll never forget our times.
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rallentanda said...

Riveting tale. Marianne Faithfull does a good reading of this as well.

razzamadazzle said...

I would dearly love to go on a ghost tour. Sounds fascinating. Your poem is beautifully romantic.

sreeja harikrishnan said...

Beautifully told...yes it is fodder for muse....enjoyed!

Jennifer Wagner said...

Spooky but cool! That photo is dang eerie.