Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Poem for My Son

Poem for My Son

I've been down smooth roads
I've been down bumpy ones too
and I'm tired, so very tired

Sometimes I tell God it's okay
to welcome me home when I sleep
and still I wake
I know this is His will

My love for you is profound
it's the real thing
you inspire me to remember who I am
the world is an ugly place, but it's beautiful too
lucky me,
I get to see it through young eyes again
and I know like I know
the monsters aren't real

You may not carry my blood
but my soul goes in your pocket
running, jumping and playing

I save my best smiles only for you, child
everything else hides from you, as it should
and thus my journey seems a little less solitary

Ray Van Horn, Jr.

                    Listenin' to:  Madness - One Step Beyond...

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