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The Wind Hums and Listens (a tribute to Ray Bradbury) by dosankodebbie

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This is a hand-painted etegami on a soft washi card. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper with sumi ink and water-soluble gansai paints.

This work illustrates a line from the film “It Came From Outer Space,” a science fiction movie produced in 1953 that is special for being written by the late Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), a writer for whom I have great respect. The line that grabbed me is in the context of the following passage from the screen play, and is spoken by a telephone repairman up high on a telephone pole in the desert of Arizona. He is explaining an odd phenomenon on the telephone wires:

“After you’ve been working out in the desert fifteen years like I have, you see a lot of things…hear a lot of things too. The sun in the sky. And the heat. All that sand out there, with the rivers and lakes that aren’t real at all. And sometimes you think that the wind gets in the wires and hums and listens and talks, just like what we’re hearing now.”

I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • davvi
    davviover 2 years ago

    sometime it is.very good works.

  • Hi davvi, Ray Bradbury was a very good writer. Even for people who don’t usually read science fiction.

    – dosankodebbie

  • dosankodebbie
    dosankodebbieover 2 years ago

  • mmargot
    mmargotover 2 years ago

    Thank you for this! I meant to post… what a great loss!

  • Yes, but he lived a full and productive life. And I will read his books over and over.

    – dosankodebbie

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 2 years ago

    I was in a store the other day
    and the wind blew very hard
    and the sound was incredible,
    so thisis very easy to believe and it is such a pleasurable sight! Bradbury will live on in his great books. He was a visionary. Love the illustration!

  • Yes, he will live on in his books! :)

    – dosankodebbie

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 2 years ago

    This also brings Wichita Lineman to mind too, nothing related.

  • Albert
    Albertover 2 years ago


  • Thank you, Albert!

    – dosankodebbie

  • Jenifer  Bunnett
    Jenifer Bunnettover 2 years ago

    That’s beautiful.

  • Jenifer, you are very kind. :)

    – dosankodebbie

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 2 years ago

    hummmmmmmmmm :)

  • Sally, I hope you’re not trying to hum the notes in the picture. I doubt they produce any pleasing sounds. I know nothing about musical notes. ;p

    – dosankodebbie

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

  • Zefira
    Zefiraover 2 years ago


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