Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Theme Thursday: Festival

Crisp air chills our lungs, as we make our way along the well trodden path to the crest of the hill. Tendrils of smoke float heavy from under scarred metal pots, flitting amongst the scrub. Layers of brown, the leaves give texture and add their music as they scrape against each other in the breeze.

Stoic, they hang, arms splayed cruciform in the sun, fingers stretched to heavens seeking solace in the warmth. Life dribbles from their skin, pierced with spikes running deep, as they groan under their own weight.

Steel buckets rest heavy against the base, catching clear rivulets of tears, enticing fingers to trace their rim. Put to lip, the flavor so faint, as if water, dances along the tongue.

Daddy, does it hurt?

I imagine a little, but come spring the dead limbs will teem with new life

Why do they do it?

To make sure you enjoy the sweet things in life.


Glistening soot stained arms, turn slowly with care, stirring the steaming contents on the smoldering fire. A toothy smile breaks loose across scruffy chin, above his uniform, as he notices us for the first time, among the gathering throng of onlookers.

Welcome to the Maple Syrup Festival, care to try some that's ready?

Is it the same as the tree?

You'll just have to taste and see...

51 comments:

Hit 40 said...

Beautiful imagery!!

I love maple syrup festivals. Chardon, OH has a great maple fest every fall.

Kris said...

Break out the Shel Silverstein!

otin said...

God, now I need to plan a trip to Vermont!!! I love it there anyway, I have not been there since my skiing days! You can buy maple syrup in any store that you go into, there.

An Open Heart said...

As per usual, powerful imagery!
S

BeautifulWreck said...

Wow, puts you right there. I could almost taste it.

Pastor Sharon said...

That was lovely! I didn't catch on until the end!

Lady Mama said...

Fantastic.

Ronda Laveen said...

I know what you mean.
They process always looks so cruel to me. But we take the tears of the tree anyway.

JeffScape said...

Out of curiosity, how do you describe your writing? Poetry? Prose? Prosetry?

darsden said...

That is lovely Brian, mmmmmmm :-))

Alan Burnett said...

You do the "going in one direction only to finish up somewhere else" thing so well.

tut-tut said...

Very nice indeed, Brian.

Marianna said...

Sounds like fun :) Happy TT Brian!

xoxo

subtorp77 said...

I'm with Kris on this one! And you had me going there for a minute, Brian :)

Daniel said...

I guessed the topic early on in this one. I have seen this process on T.V. a time or two. Who would have thought that tree ooze (pardon me, tree spit) would taste so good on pancakes?

California Girl said...

I wrote about my memories on this subject last Spring. I love maple syrup and it's a staple in New England: http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=8346506349285197389&postID=1673964260237807731

lisaschaos said...

Written to lovely!

nonamedufus said...

Wow...that was sweet! (no pun intended) Great expressions.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

sweet!!

pun intended! (just saw another commenter beat me to it)

have to check out hit 40 - I'm not far from chardon, oh - there are buckets of maple syrup festivals around here... great fun for the family!

Betsy said...

Wow...the imagery is wonderful. I love the way the end can be so surprising. I had to go back and read it again! Waffles anyone?

Rita said...

Brian, I do not comment enough on your writings. But, I do stop by often for a read.

I'm a tad envious actually. I started my blog as a way to write and no one cared to read my stories. So I switched to photos.

However I do have to stop posting late at night when I'm tired. I always awake to the embarrassment of wrong words, dropped letters and run on sentences.

But, this is suppose to be a pat on your back for a job well done. Loved your syrup festival. Will have to plan to attend one someday.

OOps! almost forgot to say thank you for visiting my trip to the fair.

VE said...

Wonderful imagery. I'm ready for some flapjacks. Is it too early for flapjacks?

Meeko Fabulous said...

Your writing style is intoxicating.

R.J. Edwards said...

Simple and sweet. You paint such a lovely image with your writing.

...mmm... said...

Ahhh...lovely. I got it was maple syrups tapping almost immediately. I love the phrases used here. Very cozy too.

Mrsupole said...

Maple syrup tastes so good. I love how you wrote about it. Really cool.

Oh and my post is up. I think I posted it just a few minutes after your comment. I hope you like it. And I commented after your comment about how I am doing.

God bless.

only a movie said...

Cool! Really well written.

blueviolet said...

That was always one of my favorite experiences with the kids. We would go to a festival every year. I find it all so fascinating..nature is so wondrous.

I loved reading this. I could visualize everything you wrote. :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wow, that's a step back in time. Our family went to the Maple Syrup Festival in Chardon, Ohio very year-- Just like Hit 40! I LOVED the maple syrup "stirs" and candies, not to mention the sugar highs we were on for days after.

Maybe that's why I collect old sap buckets in various colors now.

Great writing.

Gabby said...

Mmm. We don't have maple syrup festivals in California.

Kate Hanley said...

Great writing, it had me until the end as well. Love that Maple Syrup but then I am a Vermont girl, just get Grade B, so much better than Grade A.

Cheffie-Mom said...

WOW! I felt like I was right there with you! Beautiful!

Lorraine said...

Oh the wonder of it....Words as sweet as Canadian Maple Syrup lol

Brian Miller said...

ok, beastly day...actually it started quiet as the kiddos are with the grandparents...so got to surf the blog world for a bit then breakfast with T. but first time on mine today....thanks for the lovely comments...if i dont get to respond i am sorry...gotta run work some more then on a plane for FL at way to early in the morning. The airport has WIFI though so I'll be around...

Shel Silverstein...really?

Goofball said...

oooh it makes me wonder if you live in new England. We've visited a maple syrup farm in Vermont. Beautiful area!!!!!!!!!!

We still have some of the good stuff at home but I use it very economically.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Now I really want to go to a maple syrup festival. Princess Nagger wanted to know if we could get maple syrup out of our maple trees - it'd be fun to show her the 'real' thing. :)

Poetikat said...

I know this scenario well. Only the real, true stuff in this house. Can't wait for Sat. morning now for pancakes, or maybe French toast.

Excellent, mouth-watering piece.

A new Feast of the Week is available if you're interested.

Kat

Leah said...

So wonderful! I have always wanted to do this! Ever since I read Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House in the Big Woods" which describes in detail the "harvest" of the sap, and the sugaring off dance that took place later on. Our upstate NY cottage is near maple farms, perhaps this year...

LENORENEVERMORE said...

wow, mouth watering when i think of maple syrup!

lakeviewer said...

Lovely. I just love how you see things through your children's eyes.

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Megan said...

The "real" stuff tastes SO much different than the store bought.

Man, I want some pancakes right now...

Baino said...

Don't tell me, they probably cook pancakes as well! Actually I love maple syrup but my kids prefer that awful corn imitation stuff. Unfortunately, we don't make it here but it's readily available. I do have a dirty great maple dropping leaves into my swimming pool at the moment . . now there's an idea!

The Retired One said...

Tears from the tree...great images!
I prefer to think of it as blood-letting...we are draining the tree of its sorrows, allowing it in the spring to burst forth, free with lime green fresh leaves into new life.

When our girls were young, we had a woodstove down our basement to heat the house...we tapped trees in our yard and made maple syrup in a big pot on top of the woodstove. They STILL talk about it fondly.

Nothing else tastes like genuine maple syrup! To our girls, it is like tasting childhood memories...

Nancy said...

Makes me want to get my Vermont Pure Maple Syrup out and have a taste!

Candie Bracci said...

Really nice!

tony said...

A Maple Syrup Festival !Loverly!I ve never even heard of such an event! What A Great Idea!I love the stuff!

Jaime said...

mmm...maple syrup festivals. now i need to have pancakes.

A.Decker said...

A crime scene? Witches' cauldrons? Man, you had me guessing 'til the "sweet" revelation!

Very good!

A.Decker said...

Brian, I just noticed your new id pic. It appears you have the "Monkey of Happiness" on your back! ;-)

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