Saturday, April 3, 2010

160 - false tooth

on a power box
by the stoplight
a tooth scrawled
in white spray paint
outlined in red
reads this town
needs an enema,
i just wonder
who they are
trying to flush.

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

once you give up on one group of people, the next becomes easier, until of course it becomes your turn to be given up on. Happy Easter all!


slommler said...

LOL!! Good question!

otin said...

seems someone always wants to flush someone else!

Happy Easter to you and your family!!

5thsister said...

as long as it's not me. I don't want to be flushed, although I have been treading water these past few months to stay afloat!

I liked your story, btw. And a Happy Easter to you and yours.

Jingle said...

interesting perspective!
Happy Easter Sunday!

Tracy said...

Happy Easter to you and your family, Brian. So glad to have made your acquaintance and read your wonderful blog.

Green-Eyed Momster said...


Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family.

Jill said...

Well, I have been gone for a few days but am back in time to say HAPPY EASTER! I am tickled to have come back in time to read a Brotin tale!

Gotta go and see what concoction the two of you have put together lately!

Eternally Distracted said...

I wonder too!!

Happy Easter to you and yours :0)

Susan said...

Why does this remind me of Charles and Camilla's conversations about tampons being flushed down toilet bowls? *smiles* JK Great piece. I have been missing in action. If you want to know more I'll shoot you an e-mail. Big changes have happened in my life.


Monkey Man said...

Someone needs an attitude adjustment. Great 160. Thanks for your loyal and consistent contributions.

Cinnamon said...

It's not nice being given up on.

just dropped by to wish you Happy Easter xx

Mmm said...

Oooh, curious!

Happy Easter, Brian!!

Ronda Laveen said...


Happy Easter, Mr. B and family.

Katherine said...

In the words of Alice in Wonderland ... Curiouser & Curiouser!

Heart of the wood said...

Hi Brian,I am so enjoying having stumbled across the blogs of you and some of your circle. The writing exercises are inspiring. I'm not a creative writer - all strictly non-fiction work - but 160 characters or 55 words or two authors are all terrific constraints to focus the mind. (My constraints at the moment are things like "sum up the history of New Orleans R'n'B in 200 words" or "describe the background, events and impact of the French Revolution in half a page"!) I love a challenge ... False Tooth is succinctly thought-provoking.

Brian Miller said...

this is a graphitti tag by our walmart...there are about 50 of these teeth around town with little messages on them and they are title 'the whole tooth"...this one catch me as strange as excluding or getting rid of someone or, you get the picture....

He is risen...

Daniel said...

An emena? Huh. Interesting gang speak. I like your take on giving up on people. Blessings my friend.

TechnoBabe said...

We all can use a little flushing once in awhile. You have a good eye, you catch meaning or look for meaning in the signs you see or the looks on peoples faces or a stick of gum. You have a bottomless well of words just waiting to see light of day. Happy Easter to you and your wonderful family.

lettuce said...

happy easter brian!

Vodka Mom said...

happy Easter, my friend.

Mrsupole said...

Never give up on anyone is a good motto to have unless of course that person is a lost cause and can hurt you. Great story about flushing. LOL

Happy Easter to you and your family.

God bless.

Tom said...

funny. Happy Easter, Brian.

Eva Gallant said...

writing from the cesspool, here; been flushed more than once! lol

Anya said...

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Mama Wheaton said...

Happy Easter!

mean_owen said...

Even if those taggers have a crappy attitude, at least they have a slightly more eloquent way of expressing their opinions than lots of wall scrawlers.

Nessa said...

I don't think you should complain unless you are working on a solution. Of course, if you are working on a solution you usually have no time to complain much.

Hoppy Easter!

secret agent woman said...

What a bizarre bit of graffiti!

suryagni said...

good one :)
very logical question.

suryagni said...

Dear friend,

After delaying as much as I could I have systematically added almost all my awards to my blog. Now its my turn to share them. Don’t be scared, just take one at a time.

I will love to share these awards with you:


With lots of affection and warmest wishes,

CatLadyLarew said...

What this town really needs is some Easter candy! Enjoy your day, Brian!

Magpie said...

I'm so glad you explained "the whole tooth"...I was having trouble with the mental imagine of someone needing an enema being written on a tooth. :)
Happy Easter!!!

LadyFi said...

Real words of wisdom.. we must not give up!

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Rather "deep" 160?
Excellent though.
Thank God , we do not have people doing that in Malaysia.
Happy Easter!
Mine is Endless Easter Blessings to All


evalinn said...

Good story! Happy Easter you too!

She Writes said...

Every town could use a flush.

Bernadine said...

Wow! Yes, I think I would wonder too. Very interesting graffiti.
Hope you have a Happy Easter.

Liza said...

seems the scales of sh!t are out of balance these days.
getting hard to tell turd from non-turd.

I really like this piece Brian.
Happy Easter to you and yours.

Felicitas said...

Hmm... I wonder! Happy Easter, Brian.

My 160 is up here:

Jingle said...

it is yours if you choose to,
have fun with your family!

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

We all need to be diluted or detoxed, or in this case flushed every once in a while (whichever one to make some things work!)

Happy Easter!

Unknown Mami said...

A public enema. This makes me think of the first Batman movie. The Joker says that the town needs an enema.

william said...

apt for Easter sunday man lol, well done :)

Vodka Logic said...

Very cool..

Happy Easter

Kim A. said...

The enema of my enema is my friend. or something like that.. :-D


Larry said...

LOL makes a person womder don't it.
i'm up just follow the link below.

Spelling Bee

Thanks for reading.

blueviolet said...

They were probably talking about my brother. I'm nearly sure of it. ;)

The Retired One said...

And, who will be the toilet paper???

Protege said...

Hello Brian, I am back and am enjoying catching up on the posts of yours that I missed.
This one carries a deep meaning and rings very true...

Jingle said...


I wanted YOU to know that:
I did know my typos when I gave your comments previously,

energy and power in your work, I typed powerful...sorry, I did not do it on purpose, I noticed it after I published it...

another typo of mine is

simple, direct...
I wrote simply, direct...

Please don't laugh at me or think that I did not know my own errors...

Hope that you enjoy a graceful evening!
I shall be careful next time.
Sweet Dreams!

Marla said...

very poignant

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Goofball said...

weird message

Corrie Howe said...

I watched an interesting documentary about intelligent design vs evolution. The argument for intelligent design states the only logical conclusion for evolution, taken to it's logical end, is the same as Hitler and Stalin's conclusions. Scary.

Pat said...

You can make a poem out of anything! Who are they trying to flush indeed!

Jingle said...

Dear Brian:

How are you this afternoon?
I appreciate your good wishes in the morning, everything is perfect for me, I wish you the best.

You are the most popular blogger in the world. No one else has achieved what you have achieved, what admirable job.

stay cool,
continue be the wise you,
Hope that you enjoy a satisfying afternoon.

Best Wises!

Ignore people who try to fish in the air so have you upset.

Mighty M said...

I'm wondering what teeth have to do with enemas?

Loved your take on an interesting sight.