Ship of Thoughts

 

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Bradbury received the news

via radio broadcast

while on working-holiday in the

Tierra del Fuego archipelago

 

According to initial reports

a small plane had apparently

been hit by lightning

and crashed into the

sea off Cape Horn

 

The American put down his pen

and reckoned with the grayness outside his window

 

Earlier in the day

he had communications with the Ship

 

and as usual

thoughts were exchanged

possibilities

characters

plots

 

but this time

there were unusual gaps in the transmission

an odd frequency

and foreboding to the particles received

 

Bradbury feared the plane

was actually his beloved

Ship of Thoughts

that had been swallowed

by the brine

 

Now that Maggie had gone

this Ship was his muse

 

writing was all he had

and it was drowning 

 

Bradbury cried into his empty room

for Maggie

 

then hired a fishing boat

to bring him to the misfortune