Tell-Tale Heart Erasure 2/5


A Ray Upon the Eye

it was impossible to work
when day broke

you would have been mine
had I perhaps said:

lie down, listen–
night after night
the world’s a dreadful echo
of folk traditions
in the walls of old houses


Erasure Poem made from Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” One poem per page from The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble, 2004)