For Brautigan

For Brautigan

The Archvillian of Romance
sitting peaceful by the river of his youth
writing only to the lonely fish
hiding easy from Ancient Dinosaurs

His nose grows old
contemplating existence
A lush garden of his own making
carrots and green parsley
gripping his hands in the dirt
like old friends

Dreaming of the final ride
the bullet that takes it all away
and leaves him natural
resting silent with Beaudelaire
and a bottle of Muscatel

© Axel Howerton 2006

*Richard Brautigan (January 30, 1935 – ca. September 16, 1984) was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. His work often employs black comedy, parody, and satire. He is best known for his novels Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar, as well as one of my favorite volumes of poetry, Rommel Drives On Into Egypt.