A Poetic Response to “Amontillado”

Omnibus in foro S.P,D,

It’s probably apparent by now that I am a HUGE fan of Edgar Allen Poe.  For quite some time I have been wanting to write a poetic response to the first stanza of my favoritest Poe short-story.  That being “The Cask of Amontillado”  it is something about the very first stanza that intrigued me writing senses for quite some time.  Finally my muse and I were in enough accord to do something about it.  Here is my PR (Poetic Response) to one of the best vengeance stories of all time.  I will post the original stanza and the follow-up being my own PR.  Comments and feedback not only welcomed but certainly most appreciated.

Spooky Regards,

Bone Mamma Belle

THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.  You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. AT LENGTH I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled — but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk.  I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.  It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.”  

— Excerpt From “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe

Fortunato’s Words 10/06/2012 (Poetic Response)

Montresor hath said to others that I had borne him a thousand injuries. Never did he in his gentility ever utter the word of revenge to others.  Yet such thoughts of sweet vengeance can be just as deadly left in the mind of such morosity. I who bear the name of Fortunato know full well the nature of souls of  such as my passive aggressor. At no short length would he be avenged and he is a novice at such impunities.   A wrong can be addressed by retribution but at what length would its avenger go to have such retribution. Be careful not to avenge yourself so much that you also commit the wrong you are trying to avenge.

©2013 Tragedienne Belle Morte

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