Ray Bradbury inspired my love of reading, my desire to write and, indirectly, my career choice. I never had the honor to meet him, so his passing in 2012 was one of special sadness for me personally for an opportunity now forever lost.
Even as my life grew more hectic as I moved from childhood to adulthood, I drew comfort knowing he was out there, still rising early each morning, pecking away at his typewriter, composing daily, creating his next magical tale. His wonderful works remain, but that hope of a one-day chance meeting ended on June 5th 2012.
There was one time that Ray Bradbury entered my dreams. Oh, I'm sure over the decades he or his stories had danced through my slumbering brain from time to time, but I only recall one. It was brief but memorable. I was sitting on a train, an old one, something from the 1930s or earlier, as it made its way through a Normal Rockwellesque landscape with swaying amber fields to both sides. There were several people on the train, none talking, all positioned so they were not facing each other. We traveled in total silence, somehow feeling connected and disconnected all at once. To my right was a man in a white summer ice-cream suit. It was Ray Bradbury. I wondered why I was on a train with Ray Bradbury, and where we were going. The feeling was unhurried, languid, but somehow important. I awoke. I slowly stretched, lifted my head to the top of my pillow, and thought about the meaning of a seemingly meaningless dream, and the unshakable feeling I had that I had just met Ray Bradbury.
After a few more minutes, I rose and began my tasks for the day, including some writing of my own. I flipped on my computer to read the morning news over a cup of coffee. It was June 6, 2012, and there on my screen was the news of his passing.
A strange coincidence of timing? Perhaps, but I understood the meaning of the dream to me at that moment, and the inspiration Ray Bradbury had once again given me.
Live forever! Yes, what a wonderful idea.This message has been edited. Last edited by: MikeD,
Welcome to the board, MikeD. Thanks for sharing your dream and your admiration for Ray. If you haven't already read it, you might enjoy Ray's poem, "The R.B., G.K.C. and G.B.S. Forever Orient Express", in which Ray describes his own dream of riding on a train with all of his favorite authors. You can find it in his collection, THE CAT'S PAJAMAS.
Richard, thanks, and pleased to be here. I have passed through from time to time, but finally got around to creating an account.
I've read much Bradbury over the years, but I have not read it all, and that's a pleasant thought. Much still to be discovered. I have not read "The R.B., G.K.C. and G.B.S. Forever Orient Express," but you can be sure I will. How could I not after my own R.B. on train experience? Thanks.
MikeD, I need a "like" button for your post. Ray is the one who turned me on as a reader, too. In 9th grade. For me, it was F451. A friend badgered me in to reading it and when I was done, I was completely turned on to the ideas that ideas mattered. Thoroughly enjoyed your post.