The Poe Toaster emerged from among the graves in the burial grounds playing Saint Saens' Dance Macabre on a violin. He was wearing a fedora style hat and had a scarf obscuring part of his face. He walked up to Poe’s grave, lay down his violin, and pulled out 3 roses which he placed on the grave.
The Poe Toaster then proceeded to pull out a bottle of cognac from his coat, fill his glass, and toast to Poe reciting the epigram from the Roman poet Marshall, “Cineri Gloria Sera Venit” (praises to ashes come too late).
The Toaster then picked up his violin and played “Happy Birthday”, after which he departed by walking back to the burial grounds and disappearing among the tombstones. Who is this man?
“Ye who read are still among the living, but I who write shall have long since gone my way into the region of shadows. For indeed strange things shall happen, and secret things be known, and many centuries shall pass away, ere these memorials be seen of men. And, when seen, there will be some to disbelieve, and some to doubt, and yet a few who will find much to ponder upon in the characters here graven with a stylus of iron.”
From Edgar Allan Poe’s “Shadow” (Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, 1840)
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