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The Fall of the House of Usher by Reed Whittemore

published in A Geography of Poets, Edited by Edward Field


The Fall of the House of Usher

by Reed Whittemore


It was a big boxy wreck of a house

Owned by a classmate of mine named Rod Usher,

Who lived in the thing with his twin sister.

He was a louse and she was a souse.


While I was visiting them one wet summer, she died.

We buried her,

Or rather we stuck her in a back room for a bit, meaning to bury her

When the graveyard dried.


But the weather got wetter.

One night we were both waked by a twister,

Plus a screeching and howling outside that turned out to be sister

Up and dying again, making it hard for Rod to forget her.


He didn’t. He and she died in a heap, and I left quick,

Which was lucky since the house fell in right after,


Like a ton of brick.





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