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The Autumn People

“For some, autumn comes early, stays late through life… For these beings, fall is the ever normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir in their veins? No: the night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eyes? The snake. What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth. In gusts they beetle-scurry, creep, thread, filter, motion, make all moons sullen, and surely cloud all clear-run waters. The spider-web hears them, trembles- breaks. Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.”

— Ray Bradbury

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  • ghostsniper September 22, 2020, 6:00 PM

    The gov’t protects these criminals.
    In a sane world they would have long ago been severely beaten.

  • Zaphod September 22, 2020, 6:36 PM

    Nobel Prize for Lit. to whoever first came up with the term ‘Bugmen’.

  • Anonymous September 22, 2020, 11:42 PM

    Bradbury was a poet? Had no idea. Thanks for sharing.

  • gwbnyc September 23, 2020, 7:28 AM


  • DrTedNelson September 23, 2020, 9:11 AM

    Such a wonderful montage of mediocre mendacity.

  • Vanderleun September 23, 2020, 9:14 AM

    Nothing but the best for my people!

  • Vanderleun September 23, 2020, 8:45 PM

    High marks for “mediocre mendacity.”