Monday, October 26, 2009

For today

Harmony skips along the cobblestone stone path, laughing and playing on the breeze, ducking behind the hedge rows in a game of hide and seek. Melody leads a merry chase, beckoning the sun through the stain glass accoutrement of the trees; red, orange, yellow, green.

Hey my friend
It seems your eyes are troubled
Care to share your time with me
Would you say you're feeling low and so
A good idea would be to get it off your mind


Faded flannel shirts and dirty blue jeans, toes curl around edge of the wooden bench where they perch upon the back. Tangling hair whips like a white flag of surrender, eyes pinch tight, softly in concentration as their cracked lips sing and fingers dance along frets creating their dreams.

See you and me
Have a better time than most can dream
Have it better than the best
So we can pull on through
Whatever tears at us
Whatever holds us down
And if nothing can be done
We'll make the best of what's around


Lost in the sway of their reverie, for a minute I forget the open guitar case, with shiny dimes and nickels against the nappy grey lining, scarred and scratched from times its used as a pillow. Homeless, not hopeless, and still they sing...

Turns out not where but who you're with
That really matters
And hurts not much when you're around
And if you hold on tight
To what you think is your thing
You may find you're missing all the rest


(lyrics taken from Best of What's Around by Dave Matthews Band. perhaps they won't mind.)

33 comments:

Lorraine said...

How well you write about others, what you see, no judgement, but through eyes of kindness...I love this piece very, very much!

TechnoBabe said...

I would not have known a thing to write on this subject over a year ago but after being in the shelter last year I have an experience to call upon and be thankful for. You are such a kind soul.

Alan Burnett said...

As always, a thoroughly enjoyable piece of writing.

Jill said...

Homeless not hopeless speaks VOLUMES to me...

Another beautiful insight Brian.

staceyjwarner said...

as always Brian, beautiful prose...I thoroughly enjoy your inspiration.

much love

Daniel said...

You have tackled this theme before, but this time with a slightly different angle. Very nice work my friend.

Valerie said...

Your insight is incredible, the way you write about it is delightful.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

We should all spare a thought for those less fortunate. Lovely words.

CJ xx

lakeviewer said...

The band will appreciate the plug, btw. as long as you give them credit. Love this piece.

Ocean Girl said...

I could never tell fiction from real life in your writings. They must have come from the same unselfishness.

Nessa said...

You always write with compassion. very well done.


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Cheffie-Mom said...

I enJOYed reading this post. Thank you!! enJOY your day!!

blueviolet said...

What a thoughtful piece. We should think more often of what lies beneath the surface.

Brian Miller said...

nessa, i just try to give back what i have been given.

daniel, i have a special place in my heart for the homeless and the others who dont have a voice...

Tall Kay said...

It's so clear these words come from your heart. There is always hope!

only a movie said...

You are such a careful observer. Great post.

willow said...

For such a young guy, you're a very old soul, Brian. Beautiful piece.

Nancy said...

Very nice. Soulful.

Dot-Com said...

That was beautiful. It's always important to share and for others to listen.

The Things We Carried said...

Music often is a muse for me. I bet DM band would be okay since you gave them credit!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

You sure do have a way with words.

otin said...

I have said it before! You are the Blogging Bono! Always looking out for the little guy!

smiles4u said...

Wow. This brings tears to my eyes and I had to read it again to let the words sink in. You are very wise for someone your age. Something tells me that life has taught you some lessons and has given you insight that many people never get to learn and cannot learn in a book. Very good!

Tom said...

very nice...and the autumnal visuals accompanied by the finest musicians sounds wonderful...lot of people needing help right now.

Pat said...

Well written! Thanks for opening up my eyes on a situation I might have not thought twice about.

Hit 40 said...

I need to go read Technobabe's blog. We all have a lot to be thankful for!!

kys said...

Your writing is beautiful and evocative. You truly have a gift.

Ekanthapadhikan said...

Though you combined poetry with prose, to me it sounded like a sweet poetry with a rhythmic progression. And when I say "it sounded", I exactly mean that. You can read this aloud like a poetry!

tattytiara said...

The most beautiful music is given freely. Funny how it's the people with the least to give who often give the best of themselves.

jake (to the) holla said...

quality lyrics, thats for sure... good post!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Oh my... You're making me cry.. :(
Know what actually i've been really down for past 2 days and missing the hug of my loved ones in such troubled times. Wish I was with them now...
Ha... Forget it... Nice post..
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Baino said...

Very timely post. I know EXACTLY what you mean.

Jingle said...

what fun and free willed poem,
I enjoy the ride of this one!
beautiful writing!

Best!