Hamburger Cemetery (Revised ending)


So the wind won’t blow it all away

–Richard Brautigan


do you know

that Please Plant This Book

Goes for $1500 on



gave it away for free.

Critics said someday everyone

would be writing Brautigans

that Brautigan is good for you.

You should have bought

a hamburger from Baudelaire

at Big Sur

that day


the .44 shells and bottle

of Jack Black left

in dead


You should be trout fishing

in America

casting broken


in Rembrandt Creek

still tying wet flies

& dry flies

together with metaphors


We should be taught the pull

of a trophy fish

rod tip bending

line stretched tight

just before

it’s gone.


15 Responses to Hamburger Cemetery (Revised ending)

  1. gingatao! says:

    Brilliant. Richard Brautigan is a writer’s writer, simply one of the greatest and your poem reveals a real understanding of his whimsy, his gentleness and the great beauty behind his sadness. How I wish he had been hungry for a hamburger instead. This one is going straight onto my recommended poetry. People should know that the poem itself is composed of images and lines from Richard’s work woven together to form a tribute. It’s fantastic.

  2. Scot says:

    Thanks. He was my favorite for years–still is in my top list.

  3. Narnie says:

    So gentle and clever… perfect.

  4. Scot says:

    Thanks for dropping in!

  5. Scot says:

    Thanks for the kind words. Merry Christmas.

  6. Eric1313 says:

    I love this. Richard is one of my favorites. Great poem, sir. Excellent work.

  7. johemmant says:

    This is so beautifully done, each word perfectly chosen, the line length, the rhythm, divine, and the tying of flies, so brilliant. I am very glad Paul flagged it.

  8. 1poet4man says:

    …thanks…and so very fitting…

  9. Scot says:

    thanks for stopping by!

  10. Scot says:


    Thanks for stopping in

  11. Scot says:

    thanks for the read–I appreciate your comments.

  12. 1poet4man says:

    indeed I have been here…and now I am back…Thanks for stopping by my site…

  13. whypaisley says:

    oh i really enjoyed this.. an amazing tribute.

  14. Scot says:

    thank you Paisley

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