Lamenting over Bill Watterson’s retirement, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes . . . my kid-life drawn by a stranger.


Cartoonist

Popularity, in this modern culture
eats its own
And so we lose Calvin
and with him, Hobbes
Victims of the reader’s crush
to be there each and every day
newly arrived

We’ll take of the creator’s life
each brushstroke with a grin
and demand it all again
tomorrow
And when we’ve used him up
be no more than slightly annoyed
that the flow is stopped

We will have made him wealthy
this guy with the wonderful sense
of your youth and mine
and count it as enough
Perhaps it is
and means no more
than that

Poetry Collection: Broken Pieces
This poem is included in
Jim Freeman’s
poetry collection
BROKEN PIECES
available here in print
or as an e-Book
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