The Shadow of Eldorado

Today, January 19, would have been the birthday of one of my favorite writers, Edgar Allan Poe. This is a poem I wrote many years ago while studying his works. It is a continuation of his poem, Eldorado. I am by no means the master wordsmith he was, however I still enjoyed writing this poem. Both poems are posted below. 

“Eldorado” By: Edgar Allen Poe

Gaily bedight,
     A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
     Had journeyed long, 
     Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

     But he grew old-
     This knight so bold-
And o’re his heart a shadow
     Fell as he found
     No spot of ground 
That looked like Eldorado.

     And, as his strength
     Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow-
     “Shadow,” said he,
     “Where can it be-
This land of Eldorado?”

     “Over the Mountains 
     Of the moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
     Ride, boldly ride,”
     The shade replied-
“If you seek for Eldorado.”

The Fading Shadow

Depression crawled his face
        A stare much in disgrace.
A feeling from long ago
Appeared in his mind,
Had he wasted time tried
Searching for Eldorado?

But he rides
Hoping he collides
Again with the Shadow.
Ode to luck and Chance,
From his left eye a glance,
The shadow of Eldorado.

Turning his horse
To a new destined course-
An appearing hault, “Shadow,
Why must you be way?”
“I stand here today
To show you Eldorado.”
   

        “What you seek 
Is ever so bleek,
The Valley of the Shadow,
You’re a fool of a man,
The mind in which you stand,
Is, the Valley of Eldorado.”

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