A Night With Ray Bradbury: For Tina and David…


Aah, Halloween- the falling leaves, cool long foggy nights, reading some Ray Bradbury and a little CharMan to make it extra tantalizing… 

A Night with Ray Bradbury


As if drunk on dandelion wine

We savored the terror

Of a haunted circus

Of a gypsy fortune teller made of wax

Who could see your soul


Something Wicked This Way Comes

And the dark ravine surrounded us

As we made long dark drive home

Telling the true tales of horror

All the way to your house


Sister stay it’s spooky tonight!

When we got there the door was wide open

And that was just the beginning


In those dark windy nights before Halloween

The stories of the mummy’s curse

The doomed Carter excavation

Body snatchers from Mars

Snakes that writhed from the open mouth

Of a long dead skull

They seemed more true than usual


And your door was wide open and

 The curtains blew in the breeze


Inside a demon, a minion of untold evil lurked.


Run for the car drive for help

Help – help the door is open

The circus is in town and the carousel is run by Satan himself

Help was very sleepy- had to work the butt-early shift tomorrow

Cat’s still in nothing’s missing gotta go see ya!


And the night wind howled terror- monsters-

Invisible boys in time machines

The beating of the tell-tail heart


I turned my head in a slow 180

Whistling a few bars of Tubular Bells

Charman- Charman- my eyes open wide

Auhhhhh she screamed

Shut up or ride the bus home!


Davey save us and Davey did he was on his way

We each burned a butt to ward off evil

Davey arrived well armed;

Baseball bat and tattered teddy bear

Long john jammies with button-up backside


We poured him a glass of dandelion wine

And in the safety of blankys and pillows and sleepy cats

Told tales of lonely sea serpents, midnight circuses

And of course- Charman  




About lisasstories2013

Lisa Noble is a published writer and artist. Her stories, poems and art work have appeared in the following: Poet's West Journal, The Sound, Sage Woman, The Beltane Papers, Mixed Metaphors by the Seattle Art Museum, Voices of Choice, 33 Angel Times, Metro's Paint me a Poem: as part of Metro's 1999 Poetry on Buses Lisa's poem: "Low on the North West Food Chain: was featured on several Metro Buses. Since 2006 Lisa has been a regular contributor to We'Moon publications. Lisa is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and is the author of the 3-part Charman Chronicles series. Book one: "The Charman Chronicles: The Book of Fire" Is available on Amazon.com in book and Kindle form. (See Frieda Cramer's book review on the Kindle display!) Lisa's motto is: Support Literacy, Read to a Kid" thus the theme of this blog which will feature her favorite children's stories. Lisa has also self published two chapbooks and is the creator of the "Halfway to Babylon" project slated to come out in 2014. Lisa has shown her art work in group and solo exhibitions. Most recently being a part of the "Artful Henna" exhibition at the Art Not Terminal Gallery curated by Kree Arvanitas and Jeannie Lewis. View Lisa's work on her on-line shop: www.cafepress.com/lisanoble and on this blog.

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