Saturday, February 20, 2010

the day she left me

empty
the house sits
in crowded silence
around me
staring.

i find
bits and pieces
of her everywhere
left in the wake
of her leaving.

in red
lipstick letters
on the mirror where
i stare into my
hollow eyes

on my
pillow,as i
am about to slip
between the
frosty sheets.

filling
the next clean
page of my journal,
dominating the
space.

she plays
hide and seek
with my heart, knowing
just where i'll look
for her.

love notes
left to remind me
of the man she sees
inside me; her love
is a feeling and
an attitude.

T and the boys are off to visit Pappaw, leaving me alone for the weekend. She hid a bunch of little notes around the house for me to find along the way. Just one of the reasons I love her.

117 comments:

Eternally Distracted said...

Awwww, that is so lovely. I am sure they will miss you too :)

Devika said...

Very nice read, Brian :)

wishes,
devika

becky said...

I love it Brian! Especially the little note by you in the end.How sweet!

Lou said...

You are a lucky guy! Now buy a big bag of chips, some soda, a cigar, and watch sports in your underwear all week end!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Well - should be a productive poetry weekend!!

Susan said...

Brian -I read your comment on my piece from yesterday and now this. Wouldn't you agree that love, genuinely given love, is the best shaper there is? I love that your wife did that. You two are so lucky to have each other. The love you have for your family shines bright. I love that. *smiles* Have a great weekend doing what Lou said :P

swapnap said...

Simple, yet so superbly written. Loved the feeling that goes with it and the tone is so perfect.

Have a great weekend Brian.

Maggie said...

That is very sweet of her. :)

Maggie said...

Maybe do something special when she comes back?

Anya said...

Soooooooo sweet .....
but you have many blogtime :-)

(@^.^@)

Ariel said...

This is very romantic Brian, your poem and the love notes that are hidden all over the house.You must be missing her and the children a lot. Hope you have a good weekend?

sheila said...

Awww, that is so sweet! My daughter left a bunch of notes for her sister when she went off to college. So sweet. Enjoy the quiet though. I know around here it's a moment few and far between!

jinksy said...

I remember doing the same thing when my Bro went to university, as well as for other family members off on trips since. It's a nice gesture to send a little love - or leave a little behind you, for that matter.

Kim A. said...

That is what true love is. Ain't it grand!

namaste

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Awe, I love this one. How romantic of her!

Ocean Girl said...

Alone, alone, alone. (That is my favorite movie line).

For a few days actually is a good break :)

-Brian said...

You are exactly right, Brian. That is how so many view it. I am sure I've done the same, not in so many words...it's sad really.

Just Be Real said...

Painfully beautiful Brian. Well done. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Hater Von G said...

Simple and sweet. I love this.

Jaime said...

that's so sweet.

Becky said...

Really lovely poem :)

Brian Miller said...

evidently there is still one i have not found...a treasure hunt when i get home from work!

Valerie said...

You are both so romantic.
I only ever did this on birthdays.... maybe I should have give it more thought.

Maha said...

You are amazing!
You have this perfect ability to convert every moment to a piece of Art.
All I can say is, she's lucky to have you,

only a movie said...

Very sweet - it's obvious you have a great marriage.
Enjoy the silence this weekend.

Jill said...

Oh and T is wonderful to do that...it warms my heart! Hope they all have a wonderful time visiting and that you, will NOT be too lonely without them!

Laura said...

you are a lucky man. I would love to find love letters

brilliant poem

Daniel said...

Love it. Very nice, very sweet. Keep it up.

JML said...

It seems like you've got a super awesome family. Great poem!

Rain said...

That's very sweet Brian, I'm so happy for you all! :)

Mama Wheaton said...

Makes you apprecite what you have.

Alix said...

Oh, I hate frosty sheets. And we've all had to slip between them. Luckily, she won't be gone for long.

So happy to be back in the land of the blogging. I've MISSED you!

PS: Sorry about the colo photos at Casa Hice. You know I'm all about the shock and awe!

XO XO XO

mama-face said...

oh, I love frosty sheets.

What a sweet family you have. I should take my children to see their grandparents...and leave little notes...

little life lessons.

Protege said...

You two are perfect for each other, what are the chances of finding someone so right...? I relish in the emotions you feel for one another.
As beautifully depicted in your words here.
Loved it...
xo
Zuzana

Mama Zen said...

Awww!

TechnoBabe said...

Great fun. Ain't love grand??
Keeping it fun is being imaginative.
You two show how easy and simple it can be, doesn't have to be on a grand scale to be meaningful. I still remember the one where you "forgot" the coupon for dinner and when you got home your friends had candles and dinner ready for you.

William Manson © 2010 said...

awe true love there mate, thats really sweet, im sure u will have plenty to occupy yourself in their absence lol, great poem... and yes I remember PONG lol..

tori said...

you two sound absolutely made for each other. have a poetic filled weekend!

Mr. Stupid said...

This was wonderful Brian. Loved it. Very poetic indeed...:)

CatLadyLarew said...

How sweet! I love to hear of a love so pure!

She Writes said...

I'd say she kinda like you :).

PattiKen said...

Awww... Very sweet. I used to put little notes wrapped inside the wax paper around my kids' baloney sandwiches when they were in grade school. They were mortified.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That is so romantic with lovely words too.

CJ xx

Unknown Mami said...

I read the title of this and thought, "oh no, this will be sad!" What a pleasant surprise! My favorite phrase is "crowed silence", an absolutely perfect description of something I have felt.

CottageGirl said...

What a lovely relationship you have! I'm sure the poem touches her heart as it did mine!

tony said...

Hide&seek in Lipstick Traces!

Ronda Laveen said...

I hate a cold and empty bed. But I do love a treasure hunt;-)

hope said...

What a cool woman you married! And from I've read here, seems like she made a pretty good choice in you. :)

Have a wonderful, if quiet, weekend.

Monkey Man said...

Mrs MM and I share notes. Gives me tears of joy on those days I really need it. You have a prize there, Mr. Miller. Love the way you expressed it.

jaymiethorne said...

The longing and the romance...ah...

inspiredsyntax said...

sweet love. u appreciate her she appreciates u. a blessing...

~IS

Magpie said...

It's the caring, kind, thoughtful small things that make life sweet.

buffalodick said...

Poetry is a pond... I only walk in the shallows, enjoying but not diving in... It is your passion, by all accounts! Enjoy the waters...

Bernie said...

Awwww....love is grand....:-) Hugs

Yousei Hime said...

I am so glad I read your note below the poem. I was getting depressed. This is a lovely piece. Thanks for sharing it.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on the garden haiku. I can see snow melting off my porch as I type. Spring is coming!

cinner said...

Just beautiful, love is wonderful!

Dianne said...

I love the way you play with the title, she is a lucky woman and I KNOW she will be missed.

Thanks for the comments.
Catch my 160 tomorrow, father of sons,
Dianne

Pearl said...

I love that. My father does the same thing, leaves notes/comments where I'll find them.

I'd almost forgotten about that. Thanks for reminding me!

Pearl

otin said...

Notes like: Take out the garbage or clean the garage?

Or notes like, "Honey I will miss you?" hahaha!

Thom said...

This was wonderful. What a wonderful tribute to your wife :)

blueviolet said...

You should have gone with them!!!!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

so absolutely sweet.....oh yeah ...LOVE IS SO IN D AIR ,SO IS ROMANCE...WISH YA LOADS OF IT @ 365

Kathy Temean said...

Brian,

Love the poem. Your wife is a lucky lady. I enjoyed your poem on David L Harrison's blog.

Kathy

Travis Erwin said...

How cool. A Lovers Easter egg hunt.

Tom said...

aw, you guys.
that's so sweet my teeth hurt.

Bethan said...

*Sigh* I need a partner like this lol

Barry said...

Your note at the end changes everything.

I went back and re read your post, just for the fun of it.

Eleonora said...

I've learned to know by now that openings like these these are mere traps (in which I gleefully fall).

She could NEVER leave you!

Have a relaxing weekend. Go to the movies! ;)

E xx

Amy said...

When I got visit my Mom I leave sticky notes all over the place for her to find. When I come back and visit some of them are still there. How fun..

Have a great weekend.

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Now I understand yesterday's Tweet. Hang in there, Brian! They'll be home soon!

Smiles!

JenJen said...

I did something similar when my husband deployed to Iraq. I hid little notes all over his TA-50 so he would find it months after he left.

What a wonderful feeling....to be in love :)

Thanks for the following....I am following you as well.

Baino said...

Aww . . .then I like my own company now and then. My son's friend's fiance leaves post it notes around the house "don't forget to put out the rubbish","don't make a mess" . .

Wings said...

Guess you aren't the only creative one there. Very sweet.

rxBambi said...

that's awesome that she did that. that's what I gave to bobby for valentines day. I bought a box of sponge bob valentines and hid them all over. He still hasn't found all of them yet ;)

Barbara said...

Sweet of her, sweet of you to tell us about it.

Time alone can be sweet too! We all need it to recharge.

Ms Hen said...

How utterly romantic..

-Brian said...

Very Sweet

The Crazy Baby Mama said...

"the house sits in crowded silence."

pure poetry.

perfection.

Marla said...

Brian ~ The relationship you share with your family blesses me. So loving and authentic.

I write in red lipstick on Bob's mirror also. He seems to like it! :-)

AmyLK said...

That's so romantic! You are so lucky

The Retired One said...

You two are wonderful!!
I love that she left you notes everywhere to find when she is gone.

You were made for each other...it is crystal clear!!!

I am taking a trip with my brother to interview our 90 year old uncle on tape on Monday...my hubby is staying here.
Now you got me thinking I better start writing my own little notes to hide everywhere!!!

Titanium said...

Love truly is in the little things.

jingle said...

the day she left u,
u r still cool,
is it true?


handsome writing
Happy Sunday!

Cabo said...

You won the lottery. It's disgustingly wonderful. ;)

Nice tribute to half of a waiting heart, Bro.

IB said...

What a beautiful thing! That girl must love you somethin' awful. And you, you old romantic, have written her a fitting tribute.

Her Majesty Lisa (LadyWanderlust) said...

Brian,

I am sure you know this already, but what you have with her is rare and beautiful. I know so many women whose hearts ache to find a man to feel like you do for your wife for them. Always guard this special gift. I have been divorced (and happily so) and truly know what it is like to live without that kind of love.

Hugs to you, one hell of a man!

secret agent woman said...

Sweet, but the writing of it makes it sound sad.

Vince Farrell said...

doing well, thanks. yes been busy with trying to figure things out with church planting....good, just slow.

LadyFi said...

You're a lucky guy! Love the phrase: 'in the crowded silence'.

Goofball said...

so sweet

lettuce said...

very sweet
its great to be so loved, isn't it?

:-)

anne h said...

Love it!

Gillian said...

frosty sheets indeed.

Sam!! said...

Lovely..

Take care

the walking man said...

Now that is one way to keep yoou grounded, keep the amore alive when gone.

Mrsupole said...

Truly wonderful, but make sure you have the house clean when they get home. That is true love. A man who cleans the house while the woman is away. Although it is okay for you to run around and make a mess first. But leaving it a mess is not so good. Although I know you do so much already, so I am thinking the house is already spotless. Oh okay you are a gem that sparkles with your family.

God bless.

Hilary said...

You two are the epitome of romance. So sigh-evoking.

Gaston Studio said...

How romantic! No wonder poetry comes so easily to you Brian.

slommler said...

Hauntingly beautiful. Simply written yet powerful. Love it
Hugs
SueAnn

ModernMom said...

So lovely! I do the same thing for my Hubs when I leave for a few days:)

Tracie said...

Oh Lord. You guys are too cute.

sam silva said...

If I could kick some feeling into me to write something about love like this, I would have been very pleased!

Mighty M said...

Hopefully she is back home by now! Love it!!

Felicitas said...

That's soooo sweet, Brian! She's left you love notes throughout your home. And you've left them for her through cyberspace. That's awefully romantic of both of you!

gayle said...

That is so sweet!! I use to do that too...especially when my husband traveled...I would hide them in his suitcase!!

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xx

Joanna Jenkins said...

Big sigh. You guys are the greatest couple :-)
jj

Nessa said...

You both are adorable.

Mad Hatter

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Such lovely words.
Isn't it wonderful when LOVE INSPIRES?

Have you a great week.

hugs
shakira

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Awwwwww! I love that your wife is a romantic at heart just like you are - you two are so perfect together, and your genuine love for each other is always so refreshing to read.

Meeko Fabulous said...

That has got to be the sweetest thing ever! I dated someone like that once upon a time . . .

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Did you have love notes waiting for her on the day she came back?

Good stuff.

Ben said...

Crowded silence. Very depressing image. That one gets me. There can't be anything worse than reading old love notes from someone who doesn't want to be with you anymore. I'm very glad your poem is only about a short absence and not the real deal. When I was reading it, my heart was definitely beginning to sink.

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Pat said...

Great poem! It's so nice that the two of you are so much in love!

Tamarind~ said...

Longing.. weaved with ease! Beautiful!