Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012)

She said,
have
you
read the news?

I said,
no,
I hadn’t

Ray Bradbury
died…

I’d
come
into your office
and give you
a hug,

she said

if
your room
wasn’t
so crazy messy

(with toys
& comic books)

it’s
all right
I told her

but
she knew
it wasn’t

maybe
the damn
Mayans
were correct
after all

the
entertainment
industry
appears
to be

disappearing

in front
of
our eyes

each time
we
blink

as if
after the death
of Monkee
Davy Jones

the world
had
lost
its
sense
of humor

we
tried
to
do
everything
right
this year

we
took the kids
to
Disneyland
for
spring break

and I
always
think of Ray
when
I’m there

as he
and Walt
were pals

and Ray
was a
big influence
on the
world of the
Mouse

but
when you’re
close
to the magic

you want
to believe
it
will never
end

I
carry
a paperback
of Bradbury
in the car

just
in case
I need
a reminder
on
the road…

the Beach Boys
just released
their epic
swan song album

that’s why
God
made the radio

sad
and beautiful
nostalgic
harmonies

Ray
would have
liked it

it’s June
and soon
summer will
come

and go

once more
as the sun rises
and sets
over and over

but
not
forever

and the
freshly
spirited ghost
will laugh and run

across
brown and yellow
autumn leaves

into
the
orange groves

stopping
only
to consider

the mystery
of the
spider-webs
woven

between
the branches.

Bradley Mason Hamlin is an American writer, veteran of the United States Navy, and alumni of the University of California, where poet Gary Snyder dubbed Hamlin “The Road Warrior of Poetry!” Hamlin was born in Los Angeles and currently lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, Nicky Christine, and their tribe of suburban children and wild cats. His latest book of poems, California Blonde, is available from Black Shark Press: http://mysteryisland.net/californiablonde.

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