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creatures of habit
by Brian Hughes
Monday, February 15, 2010
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ray liked to visit cemeteries


one he favored was in Oxnard-
a little bench under
a willow tree provided all
the peace ray could ask for, before
another week started at the mill


week after week, the routine continued


ray started to recognize
the migrant workers who
labored hard on the hills and
valleys spread out before him


ray befriended a groundskeeper named mitch


mitch and ray would sit together
swapping stories and battles-
both were widowers-
and what ray liked best
about mitch was that
he always knew
when to sit down-
when not to sit down-
when to leave ray alone


ray liked mitch very much-
mitch was carved from older stuff


but mitch liked to talk
too often about his
deceased beloved


and on one of a hundred
sprawling blue California days-
ray had a


he started to think about
all the years-
all the millennia he'd have
to spend under ground-
being eaten by worms and maggots


and after that-
ray came less and less-


one day he stopped coming all together


ray took a liking to betting on the ponies-
got pretty good at it-
even took some cash home with him
on some lucky nights


but as he drove home to
his small apartment-
where at best,
a long evening of sitcom reruns
awaited him-
he regretted not getting mitch's address


mitch was a gentleman
like ray
carved from older stuff


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