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Devil Said I’ll See You

by Bradley Mason Hamlin


the faces

behind the bars

young and old and evil

and innocent

waiting or wanting

 

and the man on the street

hunting

and the man in the jungle

sleeping

 

and all the bright red

pomegranates

cracking

apart

falling

and

exploding

gently

silently

 

as the invisible universe

laughs

and says,

 

look

they were just seeds

there was

very little

you could do about it

 

water, mud, and sunshine

almost enough

but not quite right

because things

got in the way

 

those faces

you see

standing there

behind those bars

and I don’t want them there.

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Beach Wedding

by Bradley Mason Hamlin


We
had been
seeing
each other

for

about
a month

before
we got married

I asked her

at a Dick Dale
concert

because
I couldn’t stop
kissing her

around
Christmas time

in the
historic
Crest Theatre

and
soon after
we had a
magick
Wiccan ceremony
on the beach
in San Clemente

with publisher
Gary
Aposhian
acting as priest

his wife
and three daughters
witnessing

as
the kids
drew
hearts
in
the
beach mud …

they
left us
there

and the
January moon
looked
big and wild
and the
waves
sounded
fierce

as we
lay
on the shore
laughing

like
Burt Lancaster
and
Deborah Kerr

in
From Here
to
Eternity
and we
would
make it all
legal like

the following
year
and start
making babies,
lots of
them

and
working
and
fighting

to survive

the reckless
ocean
of life

the endless
bills

the constant
driving
here to there
and
back again

children’s homework

non-stop
shopping for
groceries

barbecues
and all the
bullshit
you have to
say
to people

while drinking
beer
and always a
birthday
to remember

either the damn
kid down the block
or one of your
own

and a glass of
wine
at the end of
the day

and smiling
because

as
Eddie Crossbones
would say

this is the fun
of it all

the building
of the
best dream

with real magic
the show
that will
never
end

with
each memory
as
awesome

as those hearts
in the mud
washed
away
by the caress
of the
eternal
sea.