Sunday, March 21, 2010

160 - her legs

lifting her
out of the chair
into his arms
he becomes
her legs
while
she
plays
with her
friends; smile
almost as bright
as the beauty of his heart.

What can you say in 160 characters? (spaces included) Go see Monkey Man.

At the retreat this weekend, there was a young girl in a wheel chair. Her older brother took her out and carried her so she could participate in the obstacle course. It swelled my heart so much it pushed tears out my eyes.

My friends at the Poet's Rally have blessed me again with the Perfect Poet. I nominate rhapsody.rerouted.

104 comments:

Monkey Man said...

Obviously an inspiring retreat. Thanks for turning it into a 160 for us all to share and thanks again for playing.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

"It swelled my heart so much it pushed tears out my eyes."

Mine too. Thank you.

A well-deserved award.

Shadow said...

very tender.

Tracy said...

Oh, wow. That would have made me cry, too. What a beautiful Sunday morning thought.

Lorenzo at the Alchemist's Pillow said...

Hard to say and feel more with less. Congratulations on the new 'distinction'

Gillian said...

Intimate

Liza said...

I love this Brian.
So sweet.

Congrats on the award!

CottageGirl said...

You deserve every accolade! Great post!

Jingle said...

it is such a touching story,
Brian,
simple words,
beautiful images,
love and sympathy filled in this 160 characters...

outstanding post!

powdergirl said...

The people who care for the vulnerable, or weak, are so inspiring. Human nature at its best.

Well said.

Jingle said...

Believe me,
I am moved by your gentle observation,
a reality evokes a story that reads like classical fairy tales, beautiful writing,
beautiful soul!

thank you for the nomination!

lakeviewer said...

Oh you! Lovely tribute to love.

lakeviewer said...

Oh you! Lovely tribute to love.

mean_owen said...

Very touching. Made me think of "he ain't heavy; he's my brother."

TechnoBabe said...

What a truly loving brother. Very nice writing. Congrats on the award. You deserve it.

evalinn said...

That´s great!

Enchanted Oak said...

What a wonderful story, Brian! Thank you for sharing that vision with us.

Bernie said...

Beautiful I say with tears in my eyes........:-) Hugs

sheila said...

That brings a tear to my eye. Especially the note at the end on what inspired this. I have a wonderful lump of joy in my throat right now. :o)

Alix said...

Lovely and so sweet. Really.

only a movie said...

So much emotion in so few words... for this post and the last couple. Great work, as always Brian. Hope you get home ok.

Maha said...

That was so heartwarming and sweet.

nevalia said...

nice blog

dustus said...

An inspiring poem. Nice

Nessa said...

congratulations on your award. today's piece proves once again it is well deserved.

limerick love

Baino said...

Very inspiring and what a sweet brother to do that for his sister. Then we do anything and everything for those we love.

Magpie said...

Beautiful viewpoint.

Tom said...

intentionally concave? Cool

Eva Gallant said...

That was so beautiful.

samanthayeh said...

i've always loved reading your 55 word and 160 character pieces. i always find it stunning how it is that you can illustrate a story so well with so little. i often try to do the same, but more than often, i find that i don't achieve that same succinctness that you seem to so easily. needless to say, i'm envious, but your poems always inspire me to try one of those prompts one of these days - perhaps i will for the next rally : )

but i'm sincerely both flattered and humbled by your nomination. to have been nominated for such an award by a writer i admire as much as you, i'm speechless ~ thank you.

Valerie said...

100 words cannot achieve more than your 160 ... a lovely piece, Brian.

buffalodick said...

The power of love show up in many costumes...

william said...

very nice post today brian, loved it :)

Ronda Laveen said...

What a wonderful thing to witness!

Felicitas said...

What a gorgeous 160! It's impossible not to be moved by such generosity of spirit.

Mighty M said...

What a great brother. Loved reading your take on it. :)

The Retired One said...

there are many angels that walk the earth.
He is surely one of them.
Beautifully put, Brian..I loved this one too.

Cop Mama said...

So touching. Breaks my heart. Thankk goodness she has such a wonderful brother.

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Beautiful 160! Thanks for visiting me. Congrats on your well deserved award.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Well deserved badge there. Great visual in this one.

Bryan Borland said...

This makes me recall the story of how Pat Tillman's brother didn't learn to walk until he was older, because his brother carried him everywhere. Wonderful story and poem.

Madame DeFarge said...

Such a lovely story behind the poem - makes it all the more special.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

you are the perfect poet!!

email me your snail mail address so I can send you your prize from the lakewood snap!!

happy spring!!

oh email address if you don't have it is: kyanoshik at gmail dot com.

Betsy said...

I'm sure that was a lovely, tender moment. :)

Congrats on the award!

Katherine said...

You are a magician with words Brian! Just lovely!

PattiKen said...

Brian, you take my breath away. That was so beautiful. Bravo!

And you SO deserve that award!

Ji said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/wise-words-award/

it rained awards,
just kidding,
this award is new, fresh, for awesome writers and poets.
thank you!
Happy sunday!

Fragrant Liar said...

I knew what you meant even before I read your explanation. Very touching.

secret agent woman said...

Very sweet image.

Jannie Funster said...

Wow, another good one. And very sweet about the girl and her brother.

btw -- you are a 3-time winner over at my place, see this post...

http://www.janniefunster.com/2010/03/21/it-aint-easy-being-queen/

Jannie Funster said...

whoops, a typo there, sorry to get your hopes up.

I meant 2 time winner!

Katherine said...

I work with beautiful people who have disabilities and it is by far one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. I am humbled by their strength & courage.
The relationships between the clients themselves, their families is heartwarming to say the least.I love to watch my clients interact & help each other. They are truly marvelous! My clients have proven to be the best teachers in "LIVING LIFE" ... they are my heroes!

otin said...

Sometimes we can be so moved by the love that we witness from others!

Mama Zen said...

And, this brought tears to my eyes!

slommler said...

That was so beautiful!! Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

Kulio said...

I love seeing that kind of beauty in children. :-)

Daniel said...

Love to see moments like this, even if it is only through your hand. Blessings to you.

LadyCat said...

The words that come to mind when reading this are 'unconditional love".
Awesome!

Percy Bisque Silley said...

See how wide my smile is!

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Looks like you have a most rewarding retreat. I am so happy for you, Brian. It is amazing , the unconditional love. You amazed me, with your dedication and passion in everything you do in your life. Thank you for sharing this with us. Enable us to enjoy your thoughts and a surreal day with you.
Bravo! LOVE YOUR 55!

My SUPERHERO SUNDAY my Sunday 160 and Microfiction Monday for your perusal and SUNDAY STEALING! Have a BLESSED SUNDAY and a FRUITFUL WEEK AHEAD! hugs shakira

Kaylen said...

Wow, amazing.

The story of the brother helping out is so wonderful!! What an inspiration that boy is.

Lisa said...

amazing how tenderness between two human beings can touch our hearts and inspire. This is what God calls us all to do, not some of the stuff we continue to do to one another.

Nice post!

Bridgette said...

What a touching post!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wow, just wow! What a loving sight that must have been.

Cheers,
jj

Marla said...

That is such an awesome visual, Brian. Thank you for sharing it.

Michele said...

That was so sweet!
Brilliant, as always.

And a much WELL deserved award :)
Congrats.

Ocean Girl said...

Now I know why you are so good. Your words come straight from your heart.

Larry said...

everytime I come to your blog I get blown away sixty seven comments is hard to believe for my blog but I'd love it to tell you the truth my head would really be swollen with opride people love you Brian and that should make you Glow.

here's my sunday–160 just follow the link below.
glad I stopped by I'll make sure I'll join in Tuesday can't wait golden Girls sounds great and I thought i'd sujest Invisible Man

Loved your Sunday160 first time I've ever been here but I'll make sure I'll make a habit of comming back enjoyed my visit.
Here is my Sunday–160 just follow the link below.


No Pets


Thanks Lar4ry

Elizabeth said...

Wow. That story made my not-usually-crying-self feel the prick of tears. Thank you for sharing it and your beautiful poem.

Eternally Distracted said...

Beautiful Brian.

Protege said...

Lovely poem as always and the award is well deserved.;))
Have a lovely Monday,
xo
Zuzana

Alan Burnett said...

Wonderfully creative. Maybe when someone comes up with a meme based on just a dozen characters I might be capable of joining in.

suryagni said...

its one of the most beautiful poems i have ever read and you are a perfect angel.

thanks for writing it and sharing it.

Kim A. said...

I could see it through your words. Love in action and you caught it with your keyboard. Warm fuzzies.

♥namaste♥

Realliveman said...

Another great 160 and a well deserved award!

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Have a blessed and winsome week! Awards and a CAUSE! For the benefit of Children this Easter,I am inviting you to please join the good cause to bring HOPE to the Children. Me got some goodies for you too, come on over? If you have been tagged, just come over to get the awards as I wanted you to have them. cheers! hugs shakira HAVE YOU A BOMBASTIC WEEK!

mo.stoneskin said...

Probably my favourite of yours yet, really touching.

Six Feet Under Blog said...

So awesome- i would of cried too!

Drahdrah said...

this made me smile, and reminded me how many blessings I have, that I too can be someone else's legs. Beautifully written Brian.

Jessie said...

beautiful...

Margo said...

thank you for sharing this beautiful story - and in such a lovely way :)

utopianfragments said...

wonderful
great title..

LadyFi said...

That is truly moving! And so beautiful.

Dorraine said...

So sweet. An award very well deserved.

Ji said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/pats-surprise-roses/

best wishes for Monday!
Thank you for the amazing post!

Jill said...

WOW. I love this more than ANY words can express. She is blessed to have such a loving brother who wants her to participate and enjoy and HE is blessed to have a sister who has taught him compassion and selflessness.

Dot-Com said...

Wonder when you'll start making "shapes" from the words. Nice one!

Ariel said...

the bright smile and indeed a beautiful heart...
A post that talks about love and affection of the two siblings and you've transformed it into everlasting words.
Thank you for your visit Brian. You've been writing only for the last 6mths! I always wondered how you manage to come up with a good poem every single day. That's a great gift.

A.Decker said...

Her legs, that's a really touching piece. Very nicely done.

Eleonora said...

Whew, it must have been quite a sight. I'm welling up just hearing you write about it.

These are special moments we are allowed to witness. We are so lucky.

Ciao my poet friend
Lola xx

Otter Thomas said...

That was surely a beautiful thing to see. I am glad you include an explanation from time to time. It helps me understand.

Kat_RN said...

Nice!
Kat

Who Is Afraid of Tim Burton? Two?... said...

Hi! Brian,
Words that comes to my mind after reading your poem and reason...caring, sharing, and kindness shown from one human being to another human being.
Thanks, for sharing!

By the way, Congratulation! on receiving the Perfect Poet award...You truly deserve it!
DeeDee ;-D

Alice Audrey said...

Does she do the debutant queen thing and wave at everyone who looks?

Juliana said...

This was just beautiful, as always!

Mmm said...

Brian, have you seen that youtube video of the dad who started running for his quadriplegic son, pushing him all the way? They have done so many marathons together now so he coudl get the thrill of running. It is completely heartbreaking in it loves and sacrifice.

nice work here.

C said...

What a beautiful poem-- is has made my heart gleam and sing-- :)

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

You indeed are a perfect poet! Very nice post indeed!!

Wednesday Wallpaper - Abandoned House in Greenery

 

ishabellemanalo said...

wow! what a good-hearted brother... :) congrats on your award... :) i soo love the poem... it was very touching...

Goofball said...

heartwarming

jaymiethorne said...

My oldest son works as a wheelchair tech and often comes home and asks why people with struggles seem more thankful. It seems it often takes struggle to acquire appreciation. Lessons everywhere.

JML said...

That's really cool. I bet her brother is a great kid.

Jingle said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/the-butterfly-award-for-you/

best wishes,
take your wife to dinner,
treat your kids with movies,
give yourself to your family for a few hours of quality time,
I am sure they love and understand you the way as they always do!
You Deserve the Best!

I understand you,
you can stay free from Rally as long as you wish,
I will place your link in the fresh poets section so that you get some extra traffic this week...

Happy Tuesday!

Jingle said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/awards-for-week-12-participants-including-the-perfect-poet-award/

perfect, plus one of your choice,
Happy Thursday!
;)