The Vastness

(In Dedication to Edgar Allen)

A soliloquy of spiders

Come subsequent to storms

Before the brain can abstain

Or the heart be forewarned

When tenebrous ephemera adjourns

A silken reticulum is formed

For eight legged omens to swarm

In the most forlorn corners

Of sanity’s derelict attic

There, in their newly established

Arachnid labyrinth

Venomous voyeurs

These bevel eye’d little spies

Sway with insidious grace

Connoisseurs of blackness

They stir in the vastness

Of a place, laced

With such sadness


a. duncan, 2020

Featured artwork: ‘Spiderweb with Flowers’ by H. Guerard (c. 1800)

Featured track: ‘Starsong’ by Max Ablitzer

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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

17 thoughts on “The Vastness

    1. Rob! My dapper darling. I just knew you’d appreciate this one. You and I both have such a love for Poe (and Hitchcock!) so this is right up your alley. I had the nicest time getting into a Poe-like character to write this. Deliciously dark is a perfect description and I am so flattered. Thank you, as always, you little charmer you. 🖤🌚🦇

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      1. Best emoji’s are spooky emojis! You and I also share a deep affection for all things Noir. One of the many reasons you are the bestest.

        “And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the sense?” — The Tell-Tale Heart

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      2. Brilliant! One of my faves may be overused, but wonderful still: “Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore…” “Here I opened wide the door;— Darkness there, and nothing more.”

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  1. I’m assuming it is you narrating your own poem(s). I like that, mostly because I have such a difficult time reading. I’m legally blind. I used to buy poetry collections in the hope that I would meet someone to read them to me. Sadly, that has never happened so I gave them all away. Also, I ❤ Agnes Obel. You have xcellent taste in music.

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    1. Indeed. That is me reciting. Thank you for your sweet words. What a beautiful idea – having someone read poetry to you. I’m sorry that reading can be a struggle for you! I would strongly urge you to buy those books of poetry back. You never know who fate might drop in your path. In the interim –
      you are welcome to visit here any time. I almost always post a video paired with my poetry – a recitation with music. I hope they help in lieu of! Xoxo

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  2. This, my darling, is like a luxurious web, woven with the finest silk of your words and voice. Laced with sadness and darkness throughout, I could easily get myself caught in this. Gladly get myself caught in fact. It’s insanely beautiful.

    Ps I also love that song and music clip.

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    1. Oh Rachel, thank you. I’m moved by these words.

      You, my darling, are like an intricate japanese kimono, slipped on in the early morning for a gaze over a balcony at the ocean settling itself after a storm. You are the tantrums of wind and the coffee steam wafting in the breeze. You… are insanely beautiful. ❤

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