Friday, April 16, 2010

faces on the milk carton

funny,
i can't
remember
his face and though
i scan all the pictures
in the old cardboard box
my mom keeps in the closet
off the dining room, marked with
my name, he isn't there either. every
once in a while if i look at those
memories out of the corner
of my eye i can just barely
see him, standing there
waving as he steps
into the trees,
before he was
imaginary
and was
just my
friend.

79 comments:

lakeviewer said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Imaginary or lost to the world?

Cop Mama said...

Very intriguing...I want to know more! Or yet, better left to the imagination...

Mrsupole said...

So sad that we have to put their faces on the milk cartons, but thank goodness there have been children found through this program. I wonder how many children have put their imaginary friends on the cartons. I would have never thought to do that. But then again I never have had an imaginary friend. It would be nice to have had one though.

I do remember when they started this program and there was such great hope. It has never quite lived up to the expectations, but even if only one child was found then it was worth it. Too many missing over the years.

Did you see how they found the girl in the alligator infested lake, and she was safe? Sometimes prayers are answered.

God bless.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Hmmm.. I read the post and then the comments - first thought was that you were talking about your imaginary friend you had as a child. How you lost the need for him as you got older.

Am I totally off the mark?

Bernie said...

I hope this is not true, but one of your wonderful writings, I used to hate those pictures although I know they were important....Hugs

Brian Miller said...

i guess my thought was the people that just disappear from our lives sometimes and we never really know what happened or where they went. that led me to thinking about locing our imaginary friends and of course faces on the milk carton. we see it all the time here in blogland, but even in real life sometimes people seem to fall in teh black hole and then you look around and realise they are not there any more...

Jingle said...

Yes,
One good Thing is that your face will be remembered by millions of people...
I agree,
I miss some people whom I can never meet again, or will never be able to meet face to face...

fantastic piece!
you break my heart with this post, Brian. Because I feel like crying over the loss in life, my beloved grandmother, my best girl friend in college, and more...

this is a trigger for me.

lime said...

oh my, i know what my theory was on the ID of the missing but it;s been interesting to read the other ideas as well. quite a thought provoking 55.

C.M. Jackson said...

real or imaginary --you touch hearts with your words--have a great weekend

Green-Eyed Momster said...

This is sad because it seems like some of my bloggy friends are disappearing. Although I haven't met them IRL, they've still touched my heart and my life.

I'm so telling your mom!

;)

Me said...

I was nervous, I'll admit it: the title had me a little worried. Thanks for not taking me *there*, and taking me *here* instead...
-Corrie

Eva Gallant said...

We do wonder where they went.

sheri... said...

this was so good! i am fascinated by the variety of subject matter you write about, always amazes me that you dip from a well that seems to have no bottom. thanks for stopping by and for your encouraging follow :)

Maggie said...

People come and go but they say sooner or later you will see them again somewhere even if it is for a split second.

LadyFi said...

Oh no... he's leaving his imaginary friend behind!

Unknown Mami said...

I confused and full of rage. (I'm not really full of rage, I just always say that when I'm confused.)

Tracy said...

Did he go hitch hiking with you?

Elisabeth said...

This is beautifully constructed. I love the shape of these words. The shape seems to match the content - a blossoming out and retracting, which tends to be the way with memories.

Ronda Laveen said...

You are so right, especially lately, about all the people just disappearing from blog land as well as our lives. But sometimes, some like Kate Hanley, pop up again.

Cinner said...

Very interesting, it always makes me wonder, and sad...and yes people come and go in our lives, here but for a fleeting moment. take care, wonderful post.

tony said...

Brian,All Those Lost Faces...........

Tabor said...

I had a friend like that. It is nice as an adult to take the time to wonder. Nicely written as always.

Skye said...

There are a couple of people I knew that I wouldn't mind getting back in touch with. Trouble is, sometimes rekindling childhood friendships just doesn't work as an adult. You've both grown and moved on in different directions. Even though you may have enjoyed the same things as kids, it's not necessarily the case as adults.

slommler said...

Oh my! I took this as he is afraid to realize that it is his face on the cartons. What a weird place to be...imaginary friend would be one way to deal with it. And how will he feel when he is older? Sad...confused...angry??!!
Thanks Brian
Hugs
SueAnn

suryagni said...

beautiful. some friend really just disappear without traces- no photos, nothing to keep them in our mind.

Dianne said...

I too read the comments to see what others thought and felt because I wasn't sure what I thought it meant

it made me feel a sense of loss yet it also had a tinge of continuance, of a circle

words are powerful and you use them so gently

well done

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

It's weird, and poingnant we are now connected to so many outlets, old friends we had when we were young who dissappeared from our lives so long ago, well they could be a click away, we may have run into them in so many places.

They are just like the faces on the milk carton, though it may have garnered attention for a while, they just fade.

natalee said...

brian..more. please. i feel like your talking about a spirit.my sister used to play with an imaginary friend... as we got older we discovered this playmate looked very similar to my grandmothers siter Rita who passed away at 8...Coincidence???

the walking man said...

Life is peopled by them who come and go and there is more need to remember what was left behind than how they looked.

Wings said...

Lots to read into this one.

Maggie May said...

Not 100% sure of your true meaning. Maybe though I am feeling the effects of chemo that can affect my brain.
We don't have faces on our milk cartons. Maybe that is the problem.
I did like the way you got your lines to form that *>*.

Nuts in May

Anonymous said...

WOW Great Poem.

Starla, I tried to open ID but it did not work.

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. This was so powerful. You always make me think Brian. I love how you write!

Lisa said...

Very moving. You amaze me at your ability to write well about anything.

Mama Zen said...

What a poignant piece! Love it!

Zuzana said...

Love the pattern you created with the text. And I love the image you draw with your words.;)
Have a splendid weekend dear Brian,
xo

Shadow said...

sad. but very real.

Lorraine said...

breaks my heart...I can only pray that the lost has been found by kindness, I say that while understanding that no 'parent' could ever be kind in taking away another's...unless they're childless and can't possibly imagine the horror they are causing...I'd rather think of that then the alternative....

Ocean Girl said...

When some of the commenters wrote it broke their hearts, it brought tears to my eyes. I wonder why. There is something truly deep in a spirit that was just there and suddenly it was gone. Where did it go? It can be very hard to fathom, relying fully on faith but indeed a trial that all of us will have to taste.

Daniel said...

I loved the feel and style of this one. This one resonated with me. Blessings.

Katherine said...

This was wonderful Brian as usual ... so you had an imaginary friend .. do you remember his name?

buffalodick said...

People come into and go out of our lives all the time..Sometimes we don't even realize it..

Magpie said...

What a sad piece, but oh so true. We can but hope that someone somewhere is looking out for these lost ones.

mama-face said...

this gives me chills-i hope you find this imaginary child; i think it shows in your writing that he or she is still with you. and i hope i'm not completely missing the point.

nsiyer said...

A nice one. Imagination running galore.

Pat said...

Haunting and sad. I remember the faces on the milk carton.

evalinn said...

Yes, very interesting! :-)

Jingle said...

Top post,
I marvel at your theory on this,
it keeps people wondering...
Way to go!

william said...

yes I often wonder this myself, where did they go, what do they do, good one mate...

Jingle said...

Life is a journey,
We see all kinds of attractions
and meet people from all walks of classes, some choices are mutual, some choices are one way street.
Human spices always enjoy fresher air, more appealing views,...

Treasure what one has NOW, that's what one can do...
Thank YOU for the inspirations in
your writings, YOU Are The Best!

Vodka Logic said...

nice and the poem looks like a breast lol

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Incidentally, I came across "Face On The Milk Carton" this morning as I flip the channel. I kept going. I didn't flip back.....

Jen said...

My daughter had an imaginary friend. I wonder if she ever thinks about him. I'd ask, but I'd be rewarded with one of her you're-so-weird looks.

Marla said...

I think about those people sometimes and wonder. Good one, Brian.

Monkey Man said...

Sounds like a sad case of gone before their time. Great piece.

tattytiara said...

Well there's fuel for the fire of the imagination.

PattiKen said...

As usual, you have produced a powerful and beautiful story. Geez, just once, something should be boring and badly written so folks get the chance to say, "Oh, blech!"

Not gonna happen? Didn't think so.

Baino said...

I don't know why we don't put missing persons on milk cartons over here, we just don't. I had an imaginary friend but I can't remember what she looked like, just her name Rena!

Raven said...

Very sad, and poignant. People just disappear, for whatever reason, and we can't help but miss them and wonder where they are now.

Gerardine Baugh said...

Wow! I felt sadness and fear. Well done!
Gerardine

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm going with imaginary friend-- Did we all have them as kids :-)

Lovely poem.

jj

ArtSnark said...

fascinating piece

Jingle said...

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smiles!

Jingle said...

wow,
What a day!
it rains hard outside,
but friends such as you bring sunshine and smiles to my place.
Thank you for being my friend,
God Bless You and I love you,
I love all those friends
who care, share, and
encourage others
with their
comments.
cool
U!
;)

Smita Tewari said...

Brian,
this is a great piece, full of nostalgia, memories !
how have u found serenity/ peace that u have spoken of on a common friend's blog?

TALON said...

Really enjoyed this poem, Brian. It's like the faces on the cartons become as real as the friends we played with.

She Writes said...

Left me wanting to know more, Brian.

lettuce said...

very intruiging and poignant

Mr. Stupid said...

Nicely written. This is so true. People often get lost leaving no traces behind.

Have a good day Brian...:)

CatLadyLarew said...

Imaginary friends? A faint memory of childhood.

Mighty M said...

This was really, really good.

Goofball said...

faces on the milk carton, I think it's a brilliant idea. It's never been done here in Europe but I know the concept from a movie.

Jannie Funster said...

Dear Lord,
your writing is a gift to the world.

Thanks for letting your God-given light shine.

xo

The Retired One said...

Some of those long,lost friends show up again....on Facebook.
No lie..I have had three people who I have lost touch with find me this year..it was such a gift!!!

järnebrand said...

Very nice.
I loved the arrow too. :)

tera said...

I really like this one.

Cabo said...

That was very, very cool dude. :)

vincent said...

It pleases the heart to know that someone cares. Great write!

Viny

JML said...

Lakeviewer makes a good point, "Imaginary or lost to the world?" I like that. How much of our imagination ends up just like that though? Something was a dream but now it's gone. . . .