My Annabel Lee

It was many- not too many years ago
In this life being lived by me
That a maiden I bore whom we adore
By the name of Annabel Lee;
As a baby she lived with no other thought
Than to fuss and occupy me.

She was a child, not quiet or mild,
(As early teething was she!)
But my love for this dove was no simple love
That for my Annabel Lee -
No, consuming love- maternal love-
Had taken over me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this life being lived by me,
A mighty sense of independence
Emerged in my Annabel Lee;
So that her far-flung fancies came
And bore her away from me,
She’s not gone astray; just borne away
From this life being lived by me.

Often contrary, my teen adversary
Forever challenging me
Yes!  That is the reason (of course, I know,
In this life being lived by me)
Her own point of view emerged as she grew
Headstrong, before long- my Annabel Lee.

But my love it is stronger by far than the love
Of some who are less sure than me-
Of many less trusting than me-
And neither friends or her highest ambitions
Nor proclivity to remain free
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For wherever her dreams, carry her and the
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
She’ll be back somewise and I’ll feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And I hope that each year, there’s a social call here
From my darling- my darling- my daughter, my dear,
In her life separated from me-
In her life once nurtured by me.

About this poem

I named my daughter after Poe’s Annabel Lee, so it seemed only fitting that she should have her own version, and one in which she is not deceased!

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Written on April 17, 2023

Submitted by Laurelmlee on April 27, 2023

1:31 min read

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Scheme aBxbxb xbcbcb aBxbxbxb bbaBxb cbbxbxB xxBxBxxbb
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,477
Words 305
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 8, 6, 7, 9

Laurel M. Lee

When I was little, my grandfather had me believing I'd be a famous poet someday. Of course, life never turns out the way you plan, does it? Still, I do have a litle fun with it from time to time. This first contest submission of mine today is the first one I've written in several years, and I only wrote it because a friend's gift inspired me. I could never stick to the rules of the various poetry styles, but have always enjoyed the ones that rhyme. I've long been a fan of Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee" and John Masefield's "Sea Fever". Having been born in Alaska, I also love Robert Service's "Cremation of Sam McGee". I have a two teenagers and my husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary this year. more…

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  • michaelw.64270
    I love this one.
    LikeReply9 months ago
    • Laurelmlee
      Thanks. I did too. Didn’t generate a lot of interest, but I had to try it. How could I not, right? And I also liked the way it turned out. I tried to follow Poe’s poem as much as possible, while still staying true to our own story. Annabel didn’t care for it though- thought it was too negative. She’s my “Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary”!  
      LikeReply9 months ago


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