Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012)

"Ray Bradbury, recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91 after a long illness. He lived in Los Angeles." - www.raybradbury.com

There is so much I could say about this man's work, about things he said in speeches and interviews, that has inspired me through the years but I find myself choking up and at a loss for words. Ray Bradbury was one of the first authors I read voraciously. His work was extremely influential in my decision to seriously take up writing so many years ago. If you are unfamiliar with his writing, please take a moment to peek into the  sometimes dark, sometimes harsh, sometimes wondrous and beautiful world of Ray Bradbury.

May the journey continue in some new realm... and may it be a peaceful one.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Five Minute Friday – See…

The train of late night storms left the valley in tatters –
the last of the spring blossoms
lie scattered beneath the trees.
Everywhere
broken twigs, dark and wet,
point toward rose petals
floating still in shallow puddles.

The smell of Earth
rises with the sun
and the grass seems greener.
Golden rays shine on swollen buds
illuminating the promise of new adornment.

The rain has come
and gone.
With clear eyes,
I can see once again –
tempered by the tempest.