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Because you could not stop for Death
I made sure he stopped for thee
The carnage held within ourselves
the immorality

I slowly drove the knife, grim taste
my victim put away
my killer's labor a pleasure too
stole his virility

I passed the fool whose children preyed
on him, wrestling for his ring
I slashed them, red haze of pain
I slashed, watched red blood run

I paused before a man who screamed
a wailing most profound
though it was scarcely audible
'neath his burial mound

Since put in penitentiary, I beseech
for mercy, as draws close the day
I realize I shall lose my head
with the executioner's glee

edit 1/23/10
copywrite 2009
-dave skowronek
This is a horror/black comedy version of a famous Emily Dickinson poem. She didn't title her poems . It is # 712
[link] to read the original.

I love her poetry and this came out of a debate w/ my bro about Ms. Dickinson's work. We started talking about how she seemed obsessed w/ Death. Jokes started flowing. Eric said close to the 1st line then I thought about those Jane Austin/ zombie horror mash-ups that are hot right now and a lightbulb went off. I tried as best I could to stay within the parameters of the classic and beautiful original. With my humble skill set this is my attempt. Comments very welcome.

edited and updated 1/23/10
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SedahLiah Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009   Writer
Your hard work is evident, this is a wonderful adaptation. There's an acerbic edge here that works very well. Bravo. :clap:
bd5000 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Hey thanks! You just made me smile after a rough day at work. Thanks for the fave, as well.
SedahLiah Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009   Writer
No problem. :thumbsup:
HisBeautifulLetdown Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Twisted and awesome
bd5000 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
BlueSilverUU Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
It's good to see people reading the classics and learning from them. Very cool!
bd5000 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Thank you. I have a tendency to be sponge- I absorb everything. It's a habit I picked up from being a musician. I'm into classic music and films, as well. You can always learn from a classic! Thanks for the feedback,also.
citysilence Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Ahaha, this is sooo her style.

Emily Dickinson was the first poet I ever encountered... in recent times I'd nigh forgotten. Thanks very much for the refresher.

I think you've nailed it, I really do. This is exactly her style.
bd5000 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Thank you for the high compliment! Seems like I did all right on this one.:) (I'm blushing)
citysilence Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Blush is cool, haha :)
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