Sunday, April 25, 2010

160 - don't chase the storm

we watch lightning
in the window,
(innuendo),
counting seconds
until the growling thunder
shakes the air.

how far apart are they?

we snuggle,
closer together.

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

I got an acceptance letter for a poem I submitted to be included in the Writers For Charity anthology this year. It will be coming out in May. My first published piece!

111 comments:

5thsister said...

Congratulations on becoming a published poet! I am really happy for you.

Now about that storm...I say, go ahead...chase it!

Cinner said...

Congratulations Brian, I think a book is needed one day...oh to be published, you must be thrilled. you will have to share with us. thank you for your kind comment today. I was thrilled hearing that from you.
I do like listening to storms for sure. take care, have a great day.

Jingle said...

wow,
what exciting news!
I said you are award winning,
and may be New York times best seller, and YOU ARE ON The WAY!
GO!
Let The Wind Blow,
You Are The Master on The Show,
Let the Audience Cheer U and Offer Their Many A Bow!

Jingle said...

160 characters only,
But you make it so beautiful despite the lightening and the storm, what brave passion despite that fact that things are not going shiny or sunny...

Absolutely Compact
& 300% gorgeous writing!

Jingle said...

Happy Sunday!
I almost forget about my Sunday-160.
Thank you for the reminder via your own post...
I can assure you, this piece is publishable, many of your poems are of high quality and simply elegant
and enjoyable!

Best Wishes for YOU and Your Family!

Me said...

That is amazing, about your poem. Can't say I am surprised at all though! :)

Enjoyed your 160, too!!

Jingle said...

Brian:

Your first published poem is
*Do you speak gold fish (box)*?
I realize that it is a piece most recently written for THEME THURSDAY
and FOR POETS RALLY.
How Cool!

Your Title of This Post is
*Don't Chase The Strom",
Well,
I believe that YOU Are Enjoying Some, Maybe, Just Maybe You Shall Chase It for Pure Exploration of Nature...

Magnificent Sunday 160,
I Am Proud of YOU, Friend!
;)

Tabor said...

Nice to hear that your talent will be rewarded!

natalee said...

Yay!!! your published ...!!! how cool is that???? YIPPEE!!!!!!

Vicki Lane said...

Congratulations!

Nice poem! We were counting the intervals last night as a storm rattled out windows.

Vicki Lane said...

Congratulations!

Nice poem! We were counting the intervals last night as a storm rattled out windows.

Tom said...

happy days! that was a good one...and i think the thunder is making its way to us..i hear its distant rumblings.

Lorraine said...

This is superb as always, your first? really, I'm thinking you are not sending much out, or editors have gotten really sloppy. You are so talented, it's unbelievable, so I'll just say congrats for your first!!! Glad someone finally opened their eyes!!!!

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Brian.
I am so proud and happy for you.
Keep up the excellent work!
Have you a great Sunday.
hugs
shakira

LadyFi said...

Hurray.. a published piece. So very much deserved!

william said...

brilliant news friend, I thought it wouldnt be long, william is chuffed for u, have a great Sunday ..

Wordwand said...

congrats on being published, you really deserve it .
a lovely poem , succinct but challenging.

Birdie said...

Brian, that's fantastic! Congratulation I'm happy for you :-) love the storm, I'll never forget one, that was a long time ago in Montreal ... the lightening did spread on the sky like fingers on a hand and then the sound that shook everything, I was transported into the pure beauty and power of Mother nature :-) enjoy your Sunday

sheri... said...

your 160 is precious and left me wondering how many of us had the chance to experience your situation last night? i am fascinated by storms and have found myself in you situation many times...enjoying it every time!
brian, huge congratulations are in order for your acceptance, your golfish peice was extraordinary!

my sunday offering is up :)

Alix said...

Thunderstorms are the best. So sexy!

Congratulations to you, my friend. I'm very happy for you. You and your family must be very proud. How do you find time to do all you do - and do it so well?

kkrige said...

Congrats Brian! That is awesome. Regardless of the outside world, you should know that you have so many that appreciate all your effort and words. You already have awards aplenty from all your adoring fans. You are amazing when you put the proverbial pen to paper. Keep on, keepin on ...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Gosh, many congratulations, very well deserved indeed.

Snuggling up is bliss.

CJ xx

Vodka Logic said...

I love inuendo..

Congrats on being published.. so jealous

Brian Miller said...

feeling the love today homies! thank you!

the heavy metaphor in this one is watching two people fighting...thus the innuendo...love thunderstorms and their awesome power...just not this kind....smiles.

Jill said...

What wonderful news Brian. Congrats.


Love a good storm.

Katherine said...

Wowzers Brian that is absolutely fantastic news and so deserved too! Congratulations & Big smiles from ME!
It seems our eyes are constantly drawn to the heavens...there is so much inspiration in the skies...isn't there? Storms, although angry, are absoluely beautiful and they also create a great opportunity for a snuggle!

Tracy said...

Congratulations, Brian! Your work certainly does deserve to be out there for others to enjoy. As for your poem, I just love storms like this! Hope you didn't work to hard yesterday.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

How exciting Brian! Your first among many I'm sure. One day there will be a "Collected Works of Brian Miller" gracing our shelves ... and we will be able to say ... "I knew him when ..."

Bravo!!!

Mama Wheaton said...

Very excited that you are being published! Storms are the best part of the day!

Jaime said...

congrats on your first published piece. that's great!

buffalodick said...

You obviously didn't stand in the cold rain cooking chili outside, did you? I did! :)

mama-face said...

Congratulations! :-)

Wings said...

Congrats, Brian! woohoo!

THE BEATY said...

Nice Brian a poem published good job

Captain Dumbass said...

Congratulations, Brian.

TechnoBabe said...

Congrats on your first published piece. I still marvel at the way your mind works and gets the words down in intriguing ways.

AngelMay said...

Congrats, Brian! That's really great. I'm proud of ya.

Speaking of those lightning storms...when I was little we would count out loud, "One-Mississippi, Two-Mississippi, Three-...." ;o)

Magpie said...

Brian, well-deserved kudos to you!! Your writing is amazing and deserves recognition.
This is another example of a deeply-felt expression of your emotions. Wonderful!

5thsister said...

Ah, Brian...glad for your clarification. I was looking at your metaphor and thinking Storm = Unbridled passion! Maybe a forbidden passion of sorts. Oh well...the beauty of poetry is that it can contain so many layers of meaning. Again. Congrats!

Zuzana said...

I do this too, when there is a storm in the night. Counting between the lightning and thunder that is.;)
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday,
xo

CatLadyLarew said...

There's nothing cozier that snuggling up during a thunderstorm!

Bridgette said...

Congrats Brian!!! That is wonderful!!!! :D

CatLadyLarew said...

And congrats on getting your poetry published... well deserved!

Monkey Man said...

Congratulations on being published. Your talent deserves it. Thank you also for the great 160. It brought to mind many memories of that same scenario. Have a solid Sunday.

Felicitas said...

Congratulations on publishing! That' very exciting news.

And taking in the sights and sounds of a good storm with one you love... priceless in 160!

Jen said...

Congratulations!

I remember counting seconds during storms when I was little.

slommler said...

I never knew about counting until I watched the movie "Poltergist"! LOL! The father told his son that the thunder and lightening was nothing to fear. Just count and he will be able to tell that it is moving away.
Congrats on being published...that is so cool! And well deserved!
Hugs
SueAnn

She Writes said...

Brian, YAYYY!!!! Good for you :). I am happy to hear your news of being published. The beginning of a river, no doubt.

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Your FIRST published piece?
I don't believe you!
Really? Seriously, I thought you already had a published book of poetry or something!
I'm sure that'll pave way for more publications in the future.
Congratulations!

foolish heart said...

congrats on your first published poem! great 160...fits right in with the storms I've been having lately...literally and symbolically! Happy Sunday!

Bernie said...

Congratulations my friend, it was just a matter of time, you are too good a poet not to share with the us and the rest of the world.
Great 160........:-) Hugs

Jannie Funster said...

Way to go! Waystation, there is no question you ARE Number ONE!!!

Congrats.

xo

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Me got tribute, awards and nominations
here and
here
hugs
shakira

Enchanted Oak said...

Good 160 and good news about the poem. Have we seen it?

Bridgette said...

Ok so now you have an excuse to buy more jeans. :) Seriously though, thank you so so so much for all the prayers!

Goofball said...

oooh do you count to? I always count the seconds in between lightening & thunder!


congratulations with the publication

Maggie May said...

I like that. Makes me feel cosy (out of the storm)

Nuts in May

Maggie May said...

Congratulations!

Nuts in May

Eva Gallant said...

Awesome! Can I now brag that I know a published writer/poet??

Jingle said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/sunday-special-2/

i have been working on the post,
I hope you enjoy your special awards.

8 awards for you,
3 on top of your name,
5 on the bottom...

Best wishes for future writing and publishing!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

More congratulations from me to you!

Amazing 160!

Ronda Laveen said...

Glad the lightening and thunder brought you as close as the claps.

I remember that poem you wrote very clearly. Congrats on your acceptance into the anthology. It feels great,doesn't it? Just wait until it is published. You'll feel on top of the world.

secret agent woman said...

Oh good for you - congratulations!

Luisa Doraz said...

i AM SURE THAT THIS WEEK YOU WILL CONTINUE TO AMAZE US ALL WITH YOUR BRILLIANT WORDS. tHANKS. :)

Just Be Real said...

Great news Brian, congrats! To this day I still count how many seconds from the flash of lightening to the actual thunder to determine how far the storm is. Blessings.

kylie said...

FANTASTIC!!!!!!

congratulations brian

Baino said...

Congrats on the published poem. Well deserved I think too. I love storms, especially summer storms.

PattiKen said...

Bravo! Good for you. But, you know, Brian, no one is surprised. Nope.

And my advice about the storm is, no need to chase it, it will come to you. (And I don't mean too people fighting).

PattiKen said...

That would be "two people," two of 'em. It's fat finger Sunday over here.

dustus said...

CONGRATS! Awesome :)

Betsy said...

Your first published piece! Yay! That is SO cool! :)

I wouldn't want to be a storm chaser...I'd rather snuggle down and watch it pass!

The Retired One said...

I do the same thing,only with my husband.ha

only a movie said...

Congrats. So excited about do you speak goldfish!!!

Respectfully Yours said...

Congrats and well deserved. I am going to try this Sunday 160 too. Love yours.

JML said...

Love the poem, the innuendo is fun.
I'm shocked that you're just now getting published for the first time, seriously, you're great!!!

otin said...

Great on being published!

I love a good crack of thunder!

lakeviewer said...

What is the news I missed? No, don't chase the storm; remain cuddled with your loved ones.

Maggie said...

That is awesome Brian!! congratulations! **hugs**

ModernMom said...

Congratulations to you!
Just went back and read your poem to be published. Fabulous:)

Mama Zen said...

Congratulations, Brian!

Cop Mama said...

Wow! Congrats on your first published piece! Awesome!

"growling thunder"...so original!

Daniel said...

Very nice. But honestly now Brian, who did not see this coming? Congrats my friend.

Hilary said...

This makes me remember the my own childhood as well as when my kidlets were little. I love storms. They do too.

A big Congrats for your first publishing. Very cool!

Jingle said...

It is about 2 hours,
are you busy?
Happy Monday ahead, Friend!
You Rock!

Jingle said...

In my personal opinion,
lightening and thunder have ZERO distance, they are one, the sound and light crash at the same time, but the speed of light travels faster than the speed of the sound, when we live on earth and feel or visualize them,
we see light first, because light runs like a rabbit, we hear thunder later, because thunder runs like a turtle...

nature is amazing, why?
seeing the lightening first which does little damage or threats to human (indoor case), it gives us a warning that the big drumming sound will hit earth...I used to use my hands cover my ears before hearing the t-storm thunders...

well,
that's what I understand.
your post evokes deep meanings in others ways, most reads enjoy what image or implications it brings forth...

very remarkable piece.
Enjoy A Fulfilling Evening!

Dianne said...

Hee Hee, I know what you're taalking abouuuuut......
You write so well, but I guess you know that already.
I was on a backpack trip as a newly-wed with another couple and that poor woman was terrified by the high mountain lightning storm the first night. oh well, I thought it was fun, as you do
mine is up HERE

tattytiara said...

Count me as a member of the not-surprised-in-the-least club. Well done, and well deserved!

Eternally Distracted said...

Woo hooo you are a superstar!!

Great piece too - we all love a good thunderstorm, especially the great excuses they bring for closeness.

järnebrand said...

Congratulations. :)
I love thunderstorms too. I love feeling small, watching the skies, counting the seconds between lightning and thunder...
Great 160. Love/ Jo.

Jingle said...

Happy Day Ahead!

JStar said...

Brilliantly written, as always! CONGRATS!!! I know its exciting!

suryagni said...

I know what I am sounding like but I used to run to the roof whenever there was a storm. I have loved the profession of the hero in twister :)

congratulations for your work being published!

God bless you with greater success in coming days. :)

blueviolet said...

I do that too. I keep hoping the number gets bigger and bigger!

ishabellemanalo said...

congratulations on being a published poet, brian.. :) you deserve it (you write amazing poetry)... :)

Mr. Stupid said...

Congrats Brian. I am really happy for you. Its nice to know your talent will be recognized by many others...:)
I loved this poem!
Have a good day!:)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I loved this, Brian! :)

Congrats on your acceptance letter! Welcome to the world of published poets! ;)

Lulda Casadaga said...

Congrats Brian...you deserve it. You'll have to let us know or post the info. :)

AmyLK said...

Thunderstorms are wonderful reasons to snuggle up together! We had a loud one last night. Congrats on your first published piece! Fabulous news!

Kaylen said...

I love thunderstorms!

Congrats on being published!! I am going to add your name to my Famous Friends list (which is just a mental list so far because it's so short)!! :)

sheila said...

Well first of alllll....CONGRATS!!!! And second...this reminds me of yesterday when they hyped up a storm that was approaching. Turned out to be a big giant DUD.

I love storms.

Mighty M said...

In my opinion if you are going to have to count between lightening and thunder, it always better to have someone with you. :)

CONGRATS on the poem being published - much deserved and so exciting! :)

Pat said...

Congrats on being published! That's exciting!

Love the poem, as long as you're watching the lightening strikes from INSIDE the house, not like the nutcase like MY HUSBAND who likes to go outside when it storms! LOL!

Terrace Crawford said...

Congrats Brian! You're a star...

--Terrace Crawford
www.terracecrawford.com
www.twitter.com/terracecrawford

Cabo said...

Pervert. ;)

Amy The Black said...

Thanks for visiting my site. Congrats on the published poem.

I love how your poem has so many meanings in such a compact amount of words.

Suldog said...

Hey! Congratulations on being published! You've certainly worked hard at it, and deserve it!

Unknown Mami said...

I love this piece. Makes me feel like snuggling.

Congratulations of getting published! I assure you, this will not be the last time.

Jingle said...

I still like this post...
very smooth read,
very powerful feelings...


Everyone has ups and downs.
but you seem always encouraging and full of energy...

Mmm said...

I am not surprised one bit. You should be publishing this stuff. you and Willow are both such talented poets. Congratulations!!!

Syd said...

That is awesome! So glad that you are published.

Marla said...

Congratulations, Brian. You so deserve it!!!