Wednesday, June 2, 2010

smugglers blues (white)

for a time
i wore a white sportcoat
with bright colored t-shirts
and loafers
like i lived in Miami
on a boat
with a gator named Elvis.
(which went over well
in my pick up truck,
pinch of skoal home town)
but you can only pretend
to be someone you are not
for so long
so i traded them in for
long hair, jeans
and old leather Jesus sandals
a whole lot more
comfortable in my skin
than yours.

This is a Theme Thursday post.

127 comments:

soulintention said...

I can relate to the Jesus sandals -reminds me of Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar, era.....I think I was there....during this switch in thinking.....bkm

Katherine said...

Oh the Jesus sandals, I too remember those! Better to be ones self anyhow!! And, get ready to blush, who you are is damn good Brian! Ni need to pretend!

kkrige said...

I just can't picture you in long hair. Your cousin maybe, but I think I can see the Don Johnson look in your rear-view mirror. Ha! Sorry Bri
:)

Paul C said...

More comfortable in my skin than 'yours?' Yeah, the roles we play.

anthonynorth said...

Enjoyed that. We should always wear what we're comfortable in. I discovered that after cutting my long hair and getting rid of the impossibly tight velvet loons of my youth :-)

Mighty M said...

Long hair - Nirvana days for sure. I would love to see a picture of the Miami Vice get up. :)

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

...the only skin to be in...your own...

5thsister said...

You never cease to amaze me.

5thsister said...

You never cease to amaze me.

TechnoBabe said...

It's too much work trying to be someone you're not. Whew. Such freedom just being real. Great writing. Some humor in it and yet at the core a down to earthiness. Hugs.

Bossy Betty said...

Nice. Any pictures of the first "you"?

Fragrant Liar said...

Boy howdy! Why does it so many of us so long to realize this very thing?

Well done.

Wings said...

We all have to find what skin fits for us. :)

Tom said...

ack..can't believe the stupid fashions we dressed in before we knew any better! i'm way into t-shirts these days

Felicitas said...

Awesome! There's really no point in pretending... happiness is knowing, accepting and loving yourself just the way you are!

CatLadyLarew said...

Give me the long hair, jeans & Jesus sandals over the Miami Vice look any day.

Meeko Fabulous said...

I'd rather be comfy too! :)

Steven Anthony said...

I did the vice too...traded it in for long black hair and grunge...

lakeviewer said...

We keep changing outfits, trying to find those things that fit us to a t. At least, sandals are comfortable.

richard north said...

this one works so well.
The title sums it up perfectly

Everyday Goddess said...

the miami vice look was pretty dismal.

jesus sandals are very cool on guys. i'm going to google where i can buy a pair for my beau!

slommler said...

Pretending can only take you so far...just being yourself...that is the best!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Nessa said...

I think I prefer the new look.

Monkey Man said...

Jesus sandals...not in the NW. Good message.

Tracie said...

Wish we could all be born being comfortable being ourselves. For some of us, it is a hard lesson to learn.

laurenmichelleotheim said...

I really enjoyed this! And sandals, ah yes, my favorite footwear if I have to wear footwear... I actually prefer barefoot... even gone to class that way! lol

TALON said...

It's funny how we emulate people we admire and then we finally figure out how much work it takes to be someone we're not and how easy it is to be who we really are. Thought provoking, Brian.

Caty said...

Great post, Brian. wearing the "skin" of others is exhausting; it's so much easier to just wear your own. That's just not an easy lesson to learn.

Cloudia said...

So there! :)



Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Jingle said...

It is a thrill to see you bounce back, be yourself, relax and have fun...

Yes, U R The Divine!
Perfect Poem!

The Retired One said...

Ah...the true comfort is to be oneself and have the one you love, love you for it!

Little Ms Blogger said...

It is such a great feeling when you get to that point in your life when you're comfortable in your own skin. ....It's like a weight being lifted off your shoulders.

Nanc Twop said...

I can just imagine that
'pinch of skoal home town'

;-)

She Writes said...

I am t-shirts and jeans all the way. Much more comfy.

suzicate said...

We should always be comfortable in our skin...authenticity. Long hair and Jesus sandals, I remeber those days.

Vicki Lane said...

Nice one -- do clothes make the man?

The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street said...

oh!..but i liked don johnson! :-)

Ronda Laveen said...

Pictures? Please?

Mama Zen said...

Picturing you as Crockett . . .

00dozo said...

We all grow up, eventually. But sometimes it can be fun and, hopefully, enlightening getting there. ;-)

Tracy said...

OK now I can't get that Phil Collins song out of my head. :-)

Brian Miller said...

i will have to see if i can find some pics...in the mean time if you can find a pic online of don johnson during the miami vice years...then poke yourself in the eye and look at it...thats me...smiles.

steveroni said...

I still feel better when dressed like your wardrobe #2--NOT the white jacket, colored shirt, etc...

There used to be no place closer to heaven than having two days off, to drink freely, and behave even MORE freely. Oh what the world looked like through those red eyes, thin blood-a-hol, and ears which did not hear.

Hilary said...

Hippie! ;)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Brian:)

It looks like you want to completely transform yourself into something which you are not. It is a lot simpler to be the person we are but very often we try to be someone who we are not and we start playing a role for which we are not suited.

Very thought provoking post with well painted word pictures.

Best wishes:)
Joseph

mouse (aka kimy) said...

hey sonny say hey to tubbs - and stay safe watch out for those babes and their nose candy....

ANULAL said...

I loved this poem. It has life in it.

Bernie said...

A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation......nah I think I like jeans and a t-shirt better. Have a great Thursday..........:-) Hugs

inkfromblood said...

I got quite a kick out of the gator named Elvis. I definitely enjoyed the imagery.

sakhii•• said...

nice description :D
liked d end line :)

Ronda Laveen said...

HA and Ouch!

Magpie said...

Isn't if funny when what we think of as trendy is really just a costume of the day? I'm glad you came over to the long hair and jeans...sounds so much more sincere and real...like you. :)

Baino said...

Haha . . I used to wear Jesus sandals to school! I'm also horrified to see shoulder pads coming back . . although I'm still rather partial to 'loafers'. Hope the old tum's settled down a bit!

joesuzz said...

very good message. no should pretend to be someone they are not.
-joe

Birdie said...

I can actually picture you with long hair and Jesus sandals, it matches with your writings ... :-) it's surprising how many people can spend so much energy in pretending to be what they are not - so afraid of being rejected, so desperate to fit in ... for me - a T-shirt and comfy pants will do just fine :-)), have a beautiful day Brian :-)

mo.stoneskin said...

I can't believe you ditched the sports coat. You have sacrificed your undoubtable coolness.

järnebrand said...

Loved that. :) Just be yourself, sandals or no sandals... Would be kinda cool to have a gator named Elvis though. :) /Jo.

Selina Kingston said...

Oh Brian, you are so blessed and I am so impressed. How do you get to write so beautifully EVERY day??

The Urban Cowboy said...

That's what it's all about, finding...then being yourself. Damn, your good!

Zuzana said...

Long hair, jeans and Jesus sandals, yes, that is the style on a man that is appealing to me.;)
Hope you have a great Thursday,
xo

Sam!! said...

Nice post once again Brian.. :))

Take care

Lorraine said...

beautiful...inspiring

Harnett-Hargrove said...

The masks we wear until we find out no mask is best... but still, perhaps, a another mask. -J

Birdie said...

hi! I forgot to mention ... I think that those who pretend to be what they are not are actually suffering a lot inside ... but I have seen it the other way out as well ... the yogi clothes, the 'I'm cool' look and yet they were the ones who would judge the most ... another great post!

Alan Burnett said...

I don't suppose you still have that white sports coat do you? I have always quite fancied one.

Pauline said...
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Pauline said...

"a whole lot more
comfortable in my skin
than yours"

the secret of life revealed ;) your poems about ordinary things are most extraordinary

Daniel said...

Where is the accompanying photo so that I can laugh and point? Oh wait, that would not be polite. (Smiles)

fiveloaf said...

bohemianism well expressed!

JStar said...

Love it as always Brian! Its much more comfortable just being you :)

megzone said...

awww...brian that was cute :)

you can check my poem at
http://megzone.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/thursday-poets-rally-obsession/

Betsy said...

oh, Miami Vice made that look soooo popular, didnt it?

Just Be Real said...

Brian, this was a blessing to read, thank you.

Wordwand said...

your descriptive power is amazing and I appreciate your ability to write about everything including things we don't heed.well done sir!

alan andersen said...

That was how I was most comfortable for many years except I traded the jeans for shorts a lot cause we so close to the beach. You are an inspirational writer and you capture every moment of life in poetic beauty.
thanks so much, alan

buffalodick said...

I grew a pony tail after 56 years of hair cuts...

VE said...

I liked the era of the two to three day beard stubble...I'll pass on the clothes though.

Maggie May said...

Sometimes takes a while to realise just what IS our skin! I'm still learning but I think I am close!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

maggie said...

Just love your writing, so honest, raw, simply real.

natalee said...

im picturing A Miami vice thing...but i have to tell you i love the Jesus sandals

AmyLK said...

Finding our own skin can be difficult. So glad you seem to have found yours!

Caroline said...

i have to say, very candid old sport...very candid.

Jen Chandler said...

So much wisdom. Haven't we all tried to be someone we're not? For one reason or another...
Thankfully, I've found my comfy sandals. Now I'm working on being comfortable in them everywhere.

Jen

Jen said...

Now Glenn Frey won't get out of my head.

Jingle said...

You Look The Most Handsome When U R Yourself...
Thank You for the fun read.
Happy Thursday!

Jingle said...

Let Me know a poet u wish to nominate for perfect week 21 when u r free...
Thank You In Advance!
I am glad that you have found the power in yourself for being real.

Rock on,
U R The Star of The Show!

G-Man said...

(As Sonny would say)

"OK Pal"....

drybottomgirl said...

At the cabin this weekend we were discussing the Miami Vice look, lines and pastel t-shirts, but who am I to talk, I'm a product of the 80's: big hair all the way baby! :)

Menina said...

Aw I love this image of you!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Fantastic and witty verse. I like your style.

william said...

lol I think everyone had those hehheeh great post mate..

nonamedufus said...

Miami Vice was popular in it's time. But when it comes to fashion, I'm glad we've moved on. Nice post.

moondustwriter said...

funny I can see the picture - love the hair

Lol

sheila said...

Are you talking about Don Johnson? lol

Brian Miller said...

oh yeah, don was the man...back in the day...

KB said...

Isn't wonderful when you finally accept the person you are and to hell with what the others think :)

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I can picture you sitting at one of those old art deco hotels on the main street of Miami!

Cinnamon said...

this sounds like it could be the lyrics to a song- i like the way it flows Brian :)

mairmusic said...

holy smokes, batman-- nearly 100 comments! Jingle is right you are perfect in everything. Fun poem. As always, your descriptive ability nails the images. Thanks for stopping by yesterday. My poem is finally up.
http://mairmusic.wordpress.com/

Unknown Mami said...

You probably didn't wear socks in either incarnation.

Pat said...

A blast from the past with those Jesus sandals! Wow! With a Miami Vice jacket? Hmm.....

Dreamhaven said...

Like the second choice of wardrobe,lol. Happy TT

Kelsey said...

Amen to this!

Betty said...

Heh! Enjoyed that. One thing I love about growing older is that there is less need to pretend.

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

That last line is the best...a whole lot more comfortable on my skin than yours...nice.

Mike said...

The informality in your writing really showcases the skill you have with words. Great job!

island of peace said...

i too prefer being myself :)

secret agent woman said...

It just pay to be untrue to yourself.

BeautifulWreck said...

You definitely believe in being authentic. Jesus sandals will do the trick too.

mama-face said...

ah... Photos? :)

Goofball said...

did you wear socks in those sandals?

Jingle said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/poetry-awards-4-week-21-participants-and-fresh-poets/

three poetry awards on top.
two awards on the bottom,
many thanks for the participation and the poetry contributions.

BEST!

Syd said...

Long hair and jeans are fine with me.

Marla said...

Yes!!

Lynne said...

Lucky Commenter #115.. good grief..hehehe

i have been peggy lipton from the mod squad in a previous life.. loved this poem..loved, loved it!!

Beachanny said...

Glad you're the real you - still a trailblazer in whatever comfortable skin you're livin' in now. Thanks.

hedgewitch said...

Love it brian--glad you did, too. Other people's skin gets so nasty after a few weeks.

Claudia said...

haha - may i call you sonny crockett...smiles..honestly i think i could live on a boat with a crocodile and feel extremely comfortable...just no pink blazer and mint-green trousers please...hehe

Claudia said...

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C Rose said...

Loved this - the skin we are in, such a great way to dwell. Rose

Fireblossom said...

Savior!

;-)

Gemma Wiseman said...

Just the pink carnation is missing from the white sport coat! But hey! Who wants to follow a trend too closely! A lively poem and fun!

flaubert said...

Be true to oneself, absolutely, Brian. Love Jesus sandals.

Pamela

haikulovesongs said...

being whoever you truly are makes a person their most beautiful. oh, i remember Elvis and men in pink and jackets with the sleeves pushed up. i won't even talk about my hairstyle back then. {smile} d

kaykuala said...

Brian,
Long-haired, and not a mention of the Fab Four? They started not just a trend but a revolution and placed long-haired dudes into respectability. It registered John and Paul as the greatest composers of all time. Great music and great verse from you as always.

Kerry O'Connor said...

but you can only pretend
to be someone you are not
for so long...

Those words are so true... I enjoyed reading one of your earlier pieces.

Mary said...

Love "Jesus Sandals." I have a few varieties. I much prefer the jeaned person to the white sportcoat person! A fun poem to read and contemplate.