Thursday, February 25, 2010

55 - finger, finger...

leaving his finger in iran,
dangling by his wedding band
on the soiled yellow tooth
of a front end loader scoop,
he dances the others
before our wide eyes,
poking in pockets, asking
which of us stole it,
forcing giggles to erupt
from our adolescent faces,
trading smiles for the
ghost that could haunt him.

Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go see g-man.

based on the life of my great uncle bob.

105 comments:

Titanium said...

Oh... I know a couple old loggers that could tell that tale. Not half so well as you, though.

Susan said...

This reminds me of my dad growing up in N Ireland. He had an uncle who would tell him and his brothers to run down to the corner and check to see if he was there. They fell for it several times. I'm up too!

staceyjwarner said...

oh no...goot that something tragic can be used for tomfoolery down the road...

-stacey

Daniel said...

Your disposition and "sunny-side" point of view are such an inspiration to me. I wish that some of it would more permanently rub off on me. Thanks for this post my friend.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Inspiring how humans use humor to manage the anxiety that can arise from trauma - or as in the adolecent's case witnessing trauma.

My son just told me of the story of the father of one of his colleagues who cut his hand off with a table saw a few weeks ago. (Doctors were able to reattach it.) Humor may work for a finger with time and distance - not so sure about an entire hand.

TechnoBabe said...

That sounds like the uncle who does the magic tricks and finds the quarter in each kids ear.

Betsy said...

One less finger but at least he's home...and his sense of humor in tact. :)

secret agent woman said...

I love that image. Once my little sister asked an old man how he lost his arm, he told her he blew it off with a firecracker. I will never forget the smile he was biting back as he told this story.

Rob said...

You def have a way with words.Good stuff.

Deb said...

Humor gets us through the most difficult of times. Fantastic 55 !

Tracy said...

Your Uncle Bob does indeed sound GREAT. Happy weekend coming your way. :-)

Mama Wheaton said...

Thanks for reminding me to look at the lighter side of life.

lakeviewer said...

Both poignant and repulsive! You captured that fine line.

CottageGirl said...

My heart raced as I reread your first two lines and then

... Ha!

Some lemonade has been made from some very sour lemons!

You're good, Brian!

In just a few short lines, you've taken my emotions from despair to ... chuckling!

g-man said...

Great story Brian...
Gotta love a Tall Tale..
Excellent 55 My Friend.
Thank you for this fine contribution, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Peter Stone said...

Are, the power of humour in dealing with such traumas. My of my friends lost several fingers from a work accident. He can laugh about it now...

My 55 is Love returned

otin said...

I have known a few people who have made light of their injuries by joking and playing games.

Sherry said...

I loved it!

Magpie said...

At first I thought we were headed somewhere dark and sad...you always fool me. Great job.

♥ Braja said...

I keep thinking of that blog, In Three Words...

Kim A. said...

I read it twice..the second time more slowly--it was awesome both times!

Namaste

McGillicutty said...

i had to read it twice too... i had a bro in law with half a finger, he said it was useful for planting seeds.

Maggie said...

Humor can make us forget and try to relieve some of the past.

jingle said...

young adult love,
hot
and
spicy,
great paint!

Bridgette said...

Awesome 55 words. You and Otin amaze me with what yall (yes, I am am from the south) can come up with. Keep up the good work!

Mighty M said...

Ah, nice. On the nights it is "my" turn to tuck our daughter in my husband will come in to tell her goodnight and he often removes an arm from the sleeve (or both) and pretends to be limbless. All for that laugh and smile. :)

Devika said...

A tough subject presented so light-heartedly,

wishes,
devika

Kulio said...

ohhhh! nice. love it when it comes together so succinctly in the end - nice last sentence.

Hilary said...

What a great attitude. He had no choice about the finger.. just about how he dealt with it. You portrayed that so nicely.

Alice Audrey said...

So sad that he would lose the finger on something so symbolic.

MomsJournal said...

I guess he's a free man now, eh? hehehe ;-)

Little Ms Blogger said...

My dad is a WWII vet, no injuries, but he really doesn't talk about the London bombings.

Bernie said...

I always reread your post Brian, just to be sure I "get it" and this one was so good.....:-) Hugs

PattiKen said...

Terrific. I am in awe of people who will just NOT be knocked down by life's adversities, but instead can laugh at them.

Ronda Laveen said...

Minds me of my grampa!

Mom of Opiate Addict said...

I had a friend in grammar school who used to pop out his glass eye to freak us all out, then he would just laugh! Great 55, mine is up.

nsiyer said...

Interesting stuff and enjoyed the thoughts stated.

jinksy said...

No accounting for some folks sense of humour! LOL

Sam!! said...

That's such a positive attitude of your Uncle Bob...a good learning for us.. :))

God bless you!

Sam..

KB said...

I have an Uncle Bob too. Nicely done.

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Ah, such emotions, such teasing. poor guy.
Lovely story,Brian.

hugs
shakira

anthonynorth said...

So many of us will identify with this. And excellently expressed.

LadyFi said...

The trauma and the humour! Great writing.

Protege said...

You find inspiration in unusual places and tell stories with uncanny sensitivity.
I am glad that all your uncle lost was a finger...
Have a great Friday,
xo
Zuzana

Vodka Logic said...

Very cool... and a good way to handle what was most certainly painful

järnebrand said...

A sense of humor will get you through just about anything, won't it? Great 55! As always. :)

Shadow said...

only you can turn something so serious for some into fun!

Akelamalu said...

It's good to find some humour in difficulties in life.

Good one Brian.

Mine's up too.

Just Be Real said...

Wow, great Brian. Touched me. Blessings.

the walking man said...

Veteran, veteran show me again this day what you have lost along the war filled way.

Hootin' Anni said...

I tear up...then I smile! You did good on this one for sure [of course you do GOOD on all!!]

Excellent, Brian.

DAMSEL IN DISTRESS 55 for me this week. [scroll down a bit to find 'er]

Nessa said...

My father lost part of a finger in a machine when he was in his twenties. At 79, he is still entertaining children with his missing digit.

Flash 55 - Footsteps

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Pure genius, Brian! Your uncle sounds like a fun guy! :) My FIL lost his middle finger to the blood disease he has - he jokes that he apparently used it too many times in the past... ;)

schererart said...

Great 55! Reminds me of my husband. He has all his fingers, but is a trickster at times.

sheila said...

I like this one but I realllly liked the bottle one in the previous post! :)

Jessie said...

i don't know whether to laugh or feel bad. your words have a way of bringing out emotion to all your readers.

i hope the grandma was able to keep the kids!

have a rockin' weekend,

warm smiles,

Mona said...

that is disturbing, because today only I was thinking about how some American Air Force ppl that came for a joint exercise ,( an event that was organized by my husband) lost their wedding rings during the exercise!

Prayer Girl said...

The human spirit is a magnificent thing.
This 55 captures that. Thank you.

PG

Ocean Girl said...

A great uncle.

Travel & Dive Girl said...

I'm not sure how you manage to tell an entire story in 55, but well done.

Alicia said...

POWERFUL!

Here's mine

Lorraine said...

You do it all, magnificently...55 words, 5 words 555, high 5 ;)

VE said...

Guess he can only count to nine now. Oh well, that's still a lot...

My 55 is Here

Six Feet Under Blog said...

That reminds me of my grandpa. I really need to try this kind of writing!

Buzzard said...

Magical, "Prestidigitation" if you will.

Mine's Up: The Loft

slommler said...

Marvelous...brought a tear to my eyes then a hearty laugh. Thanks Brian
Hugs
SueAnn

She Writes said...

Here is one that I wish was longer than 55!

Have a good weekend, Brian!

Hater Von G said...

Humor helps, it does.

Kay said...

now that is one trick my nephew would really find magical! :)

Yvonne said...

Hauntingly funny. My dad lost two fingers at the second knuckle but never joked about it.

I'm playing today, just can never seem to get a head start!

Monkey Man said...

Finding humor in our misfortune can keep us going and take the fright of unknown from others. Great 55. Thanks for stopping by to read mine.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Well that's definitely one way of turning a negative into a positive. I love those people that no matter how bad their day is, refuse to let it get to them. I strive to be that person, but it's just tough sometimes.

Michele said...

Reminds me of my grandfather's stories of his missing toe, which he lost in a woodchopping accident.
He would count them wrong, so it totalled six and I would giggle hysterically.

That was great.
Brought back some fond memories I thought were long forgotten.

Well done ;)

lime said...

wow. it is amazing how some can turn tragedy into comedy as a way of coping.

jingle said...

being positive is cool,
excited to see u show
and tell
the magic
and sunny days
in such amazing ways.

cheers, ;)

jingle said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/thursday-poets-rally-week-7-perfect-poet-award/

nominated again!
cheers, ;)

Akannie said...

Bob's your Uncle!


LOL...good one, Brian.

Awww...no more "Pull my finger" though..an all time favorite of my uncles.

jingle said...

Hope that you have fun
this Friday or weekend.
U Deserve A Vacation!

Cop Mama said...

So intriguing, yet...funny? Loved it!

I'm so glad I found your blog. Hoped over from She Writes.

Joanna Jenkins said...

You did it again. Great 55.
Thanks,
jj

Thom said...

I love that there can be laughter in times of sorrow. Very well done! Have a wonderful Friday my friend :)

Juliana said...

WOW...just WOW. Your words just amaze us all.

buffalodick said...

Humor is my family's way of relieving tense situations..

Lou said...

I have an uncle with an artificial leg, and after a few drinks, he takes it off and shakes at the children...much to their terror;)

THE BEATY said...

awsome stuff! nominated u for poet rally award...

The Retired One said...

I always had older friends of my parents do stuff like that..one lost a finger in the war too....

I just came back from visiting two elderly uncles (90 and 88) and interviewing them to make a DVD of them (separately)...they had plenty of stories of accidents on the farm and in the war.
I loved this one,Brian.

dustus said...

Great post. An interesting and difficult way to tell a story. I'm enjoying your poetry.
Thanks,
adam

Baino said...

Ah sweet. At least he had a sense of humour about his missing digit. I have a dear friend who was born without an arm from the elbow down. He's gorgeous and a keen surfer .. tells the girls it was taken by a shark. Totally believable. The only thing he can't do is cut his own fingernails!

William Manson © 2010 said...

once again you demonstrate how good a writer u are Brian, and how many people come to your blog is witness to that, fifty five words isnt much but u make it an epic :)

My name is PJ. said...

The strength of the human spirit never fails to amaze me. The power of laughter never fails to help heal.

C.M. Jackson said...

amazing as always---you always find a way to make your reader smile no matter the circumstances--great 55!

Anya said...

You are always very creative with words :-)
Lovely to reed it ..

Have a wonderful weekend
Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :-)

Madame DeFarge said...

Nice story neatly told. Like the final two lines in particular, very moving.

jingle said...

magnificent as always,
wishing u a joyful Friday!
cheers, ;)

jingle said...

All Thursday Poets' Rally photos are original work and they r taken when I took family vacations somewhere else...week 6 is from a garden, week 7, or this week's photo is what I took during my visit to London, England near a lake.

I am glad that u like the fresh look of the award.
smiles.

William Manson © 2010 said...

History of Scotland :) http://williamm50.blogspot.com/

Ms Hen said...

He sounds fun... mine is up. missed last week.

Donnetta Lee said...

Seeing a brighter side. Good one, Brian! D

SandyCarlson said...

What a story. And what a great attitude!

Susan said...

May I say as the 100th commenter that that was very captivating! You have a way with words, no doubt. Awesome!

hope said...

This is exactly why I never made hubby wear his wedding band: he worked with machinery that could've grabbed it and him.

The man is more important than a band of gold. Well told!

steviewren said...

Fantastically told story. One of my uncles lost a finger in a work related accident. He used to show it to all us kids too.

evalinn said...

Really nice story!

Shelle said...

Great story...although i'm sometimes dubious of a person that uses humour to cover up (Aussies do that) it's great when you meet someone who is the real deal.

Goofball said...

yikes, that gives me chills. it's a bit creepy. (but now I picture your great uncle bob with yellow teeth, some missing and messed up hair etc... sorry if that doesn't give him much credit)