Monday, October 12, 2009

Sometimes bliss

Light sneaks quietly into their bedroom, from the the bathroom in the hall, painting his portrait in a soft glow amid the depth of the shadows. Damp bristles of hair twist and curl against the green cotton pillowcase, deep breathes whistle, the sounds of sleep. Smooth as polished marble, the feather soft skin of his cheeks give way as a smile creeps across his face, leaving one to wonder what is going on behind those gently closed eyes.

Little boy, little boy,
what do you see?
I see fairy tale dreams
my friend gives to me.

Tufts of brown nappy fur peek from the crook of an arm, wrapped tight in a warm snuggling embrace of comfort. Cats eye buttons glitter, wide with delight. A lone brown paw, escaped from beneath the dish cloth blanket the boy had carefully tucked him into, rises and falls in rhythm with the heartbeats of his dearest friend.

Teddy bear, Teddy bear,
what do you see?
I see a little boy,
cuddling with me.

A crickets lullaby floats through the window on the moon beams, as I stand in the doorway, shoulder resting on the hard wood frame, content to watch the waves of his peace lap at my feet.

Sleep well teddy bear,
Sleep well my son.
A new day comes
at the edge of your dreams.

Bliss clings like frost on the corners of the window, waiting to be discovered, when we choose to see.

44 comments:

Oh My Goddess said...

Many more delightful Bliss-ings to you!

~Elise

Meeko Fabulous said...

This made me reminisce and think about that one book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?". :)

otin said...

Ahh! Treasuring the little things in life! That is what you are great at!

I am glad that you didn't kill anyone in this post, I wouldn't want to be responsible for creating a monster! LMAO!

Yodood said...

It has to be beautiful bliss when you let your children be your muse. Once again, thanks.

Pat said...

I can easily see this made into a children's book. It is beautiful, sweet, and gentle. A sure winner, Brian!

blueviolet said...

What a tender little night vision that is.

only a movie said...

My boy used to use dishcloths as blankets for the beanie baby bears.

Right now? He's watching South Park online. Sigh.

Great post, as usual, Brian.

Betsy said...

Watching my boys sleep has always been one of my very favorite things in life! :)

Brian Miller said...

OMG - ok, it was fun just to type that as your name...and to you too. smiles.

meeko - mr. carle was my inspiration for the night...spot on.

otin - it was hard...the pills they prescribed to be today are helping with my recovery...lol.

yodood- kids are cool like that.

pat - smiles. maybe otin and i could coauthor a childrens book...nah.

blueviolet - why thank you. smiles.

only - its really too cute. it is knitted in the same color as the one he uses. who killed kenny by the way?

TechnoBabe said...

Sweet and tender. Isn't it awesome when a little person smile in sleep?

The Things We Carried said...

Your boys are lucky blessed to have a daddy who writes down his words about them!

Beth said...

You make me miss when my boys were little. It doesn't seem like that long ago and yet, it seems like a lifetime has passed. Keep enjoying the time.

Prayer Girl said...

Very beautiful. I just love how your words create the scene so perfectly. I can see the child and his comfort clearly - and the watcher!

PG

rxBambi said...

that almost made me cry, but I'm tough and don't get mushy like that.
Believe me?
Seriously. I loved it. Tell it to your wife, I bet you'll get lucky.

;)

Mango Girl said...

I LOVE THIS!!! I am going to repeat it over and over and over again!

Beautiful!!!!

xo, Mango

Drahdrah said...

Such a beautiful post... yes, bliss is where and when we chose to see it.

An Open Heart said...

Such sweet words. You, my friend are the master of sweetness.
Swoon.....


S

Maggie said...

Very nice!

Thank you for stopping by! :)

Jill said...

Sweet bliss and innocence!
LOVE the dish cloth blanket!

Hit 40 said...

I agree with Pat. This post would make a great childen's book or song. Very cute.

Leah said...

I put my own girl down for the night a short while ago, and this captures the loveliness of it.

tori said...

this reminded me of watching my babies sleep years ago!

Vodka Mom said...

father, father, what do you see?

I see my children, growing too fast for me...



savor the moments, my friend. Savor..........

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Ohhhhhh! I love it!

I love to watch the Princess Nagger sleeping so blissfully, wondering what her dreams hold for her. Sometimes she'll tell me about all her dream adventures when she remembers them - so much fun! :)

BeautifulWreck said...

How sweet!

Maggie May said...

Watching a sleeping child is lovely.
Your poem was beautiful.
Nuts in May

Matthew said...

This is really, really lovely. That's all I have to say. :)

Lorraine said...

This is so so beautiful Brian so comforting and safe, would make a wonderful children story...

Harnett-Hargrove said...

...waiting to be discovered, when we choose to see...so true. A beautiful writing. -J

Protege said...

Children are the meaning of life.
;)

Ocean Girl said...

Many times now, when I watch my children sleep, I would caress their hair, their faces, call their names. I disturb their bliss.

Wings said...

Great piece, Brian! Sweet.

The Retired One said...

The really neat thing?
You get the privilege of seeing it all over again when you have grandchildren.
I recently took care of my granddaughter for the night. I spent half the night just staring at her sweet face sleeping next to me. And. Loving. It.

Gaston Studio said...

Oh my God, what a fantastic post Brian! My kids had their favorite stuffed animals/blankets too and you brought back so many wonderful memories.

Daniel said...

Right now I as I type, my little one is fast asleep right next to me. I lean over and brush the hair from her forehead and give her a gentle kiss as she dreams. Thanks for giving me the thought to take a moment. Blessings to you.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm with the others. I smell a children's book in this one.
Beautiful post.

Poetikat said...

I like the interweaving of the prose and verse. Think I'll go upstairs and hug MY teddy bear. Sweet, Brian.

staceyjwarner said...

this is fabulous and absolue piece of art...

much love

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Bliss ROCKS! I'm adding you to my list of Thought Provokers so I'll know when you update.
Why don't you write a children's book?

Goofball said...

I'm blessed by the cutest teddybear ever. Don't tell your boys, they might get jealous ;)

Baino said...

Lovely Brian and although mine no longer clutch teddy bears I still catch a glimpse of them sleeping and sigh!

Ekanthapadhikan said...

That's the cutest post I've had from you ever since I started following you. A lot to say here.

Very very rare to see prose and verse mixed in a writing and done to such perfection.

Your bliss has creeped into my soul and I can't wait till I become a father of a cute little girl (I somehow prefer to have a girl child). Ah! But fantasies apart, I know I'll have to wait for a long to get there. I'm not married and am not even seeing a girl as of now and it's close to impossible for a single father to adopt a child!!

And the last line of the verse -
"A new day comes
at the edge of your dreams." - Ah! I bite a stone at the word "edge". What if it was "end". 'coz till then you were talking about teddy bears and stuff that gives a light pampering touch to your post and this one word "edge" stands out as if it is refusing to jell with the rest of the other carefully, well knitted words. (Just a suggestion, ok?)

Candie Bracci said...

That is wonderful Brian!And yes bliss is everywhere in anything!Beautiful!

Derrick said...

Hello Brian,

Congrats on your Goddess Award! Your writing certainly deserves it.