Saturday, July 31, 2010

160 - beyond yesterdays

on a bench by the river side
brown water rolling by
he looks far & away

rubs the stump
where he lost his leg
all those yesterdays

yet the sun
bows to his joy.

Say it in 160 characters (spaces included), then tell Monkey Man on Sundays.

Met this veteran at the park, he made my day just sitting and talking. He had every right to complain or be sour, but he was too busy living in the moment.

84 comments:

Felicitas said...

Yatzee! (I'm first : ) As my buddy G-Man would say.

Absolutely wonderful. This is the only way to go through life.

Bernie said...

How to live in the present...very well done my friend....:-) Hugs

Amy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day it was great having you.. Have an amazing night..

gayle said...

Living in the moment!! I struggle with this, I am sorry to say!!

sheri said...

man, did he ever have the right to be bitter and angry! only thing is that it traps you inside a prison that will not let you go...from one who knows!
it did my heart so much good to hear this, brian...such a warm 160 :) take care!

Hoiden said...

4 u:)

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Brian Miller said...

honestly i do as well gayle...somedays. i met him at a good time...i needed to see him suceeding in the midst of it all to shake me up a bit...

ds said...

"yet the sun/bows to his joy" Lovely phrase. Lovely philosophy. That man proves the resilience of the human spirit. Thank you for sharing him.

PattiKen said...

It's always an uplifting reminder to snap out of it when I meet someone like your veteran. Nice one, Brian.

sagirl said...

A lesson worth learning; know when to accept things you can't change - this is by far my biggest challenge!

Magpie said...

So much said in so few words.
It is hard to always try and see that silver lining...I always give it my best effort.

Tina said...

I struggle with how to possibly thank our veterans and our men and women in uniform. My feeble attempts in various ways seem just not enough. But for this man to have his story told in such loving form, that's a great way to thank them.

Teri said...

I am constantly amazed at the people you meet and the things that your write about when meeting them. You must be a very out-going man with the ability to talk to strangers as though they were your friends. There is always something to learn from everyone we meet. Drops of water in the bucket of life, right Brian?

LadyFi said...

The sun bows to his joy.. that is powerful and beautiful!

Bridgette said...

I love meeting people like that! Oh BTW you need to get sound on your computer. Those videos are hilarious!

Arnab Majumdar said...

I remember having met a man like that too, and although I didn't have the chance to talk to him, just seeing him live like that made me think a lot about how much we have, and how little we use it all...

Cheers man...

Valerie said...

Even the most wounded count their blessings, as should we all.

Claudia said...

..the sun bows to his joy.. i'm also often stunned how people manage to be joyful in situations that are not joyful at all - and i try to learn from them - thanks again for a terrific 160!

Mr. Stupid said...

That's a lesson to be learned. Its always nice to meet such people. Nicely done Brian.

Just Be Real said...

Dang Brian, you are so good with sharing in few words. Love the sun bowing to his joy. Amen. Blessings.

slommler said...

That he does experience joy is such a blessing!!! Loved this
Hugs
SueAnn

g-man said...

His stump of a leg? Or a tree stump?
Even G-Man has a 160 today..Here

Friko said...

Why can we not all do that?
In a few words you have hit the essence of the moment.

TechnoBabe said...

Sounds like he is a great guy. I bet it was fun talking with him. We can find people to inspire us and help ignite the fire in us by their example. Sometimes at the oddest places.

Vodka Logic said...

I am always happy to see the sun rise.. I have made it another day

Me said...

Hmmm...it's easy enough to get wrapped up in my own little world. Sometimes a reminder like this is just what the doctor ordered. Thanks, Brian.
-C

Zuzana said...

Beautiful and so sincere.;) I am also always left in awe by those who are so much less fortunate than me, but still manage to see life in such a beautiful perspective.
I truly missed your poignant writing dear Brian, hope your Sunday is great.;))
xoxo

Selina Kingston said...

I can just imagine you starting up a conversation with some old boy. It must have been a privilege....for both of you.

joanny said...

I think your Vet friend would be very pleased to what you wrote, real nice.

Joanny

I actually joined 160, this go around.

Vicki Lane said...

How lovely! We were talking just last night about an elderly friend who maintained a cheerful outlook through failing health -- a good lesson.

dulce said...

Great tribute, Brian..

CatLadyLarew said...

The sun is always shining somewhere! I love those people who see it even through the clouds.

Daniel said...

Ain't mastered this one, and I'm pretty sure I never will. Regret and anger are so stupid to continually claim, but I can't seem to let go.

Birdie said...

to be around people like him is such a blessing! I know a lady who survived Auschwitz, her son's death, her husband ... yet she never complained, always smiles and try to have a good time ... I remember her when I myself tend to forget ... beautiful post Brian!

blueviolet said...

It's nice to know he's moved beyond.

the walking man said...

Lotta body parts flowing down that particular river. May they all enjoy a long life and a good conversation.

Tony Single said...

That brought joy to my day! Bravo! :)

secret agent woman said...

Somehow, your poems have been reminding me of songs lately. T his one of Jimmy Buffet's "He went to Paris."

"Now he lives in the islands, fishing the pylons
And drinks his green label each day.
Writing his memoirs, losing his hearing
But he don't care what most people say.
Through eighty-six years of perpetual motion,
If he likes you he'll smile and he'll say,
'Jimmy some of it's magic and some of it's tragic
But I had a good life all the way.'"

McGillicutty said...

How long does it take to come up with the perfectly placed 160 words? well done my man!!

Lori said...

Your few words say a lot. Good job Brian. Hope you and yours are having a nice weekend. :)

TALON said...

The last line is beautiful, Brian. It just wraps it up perfectly.

Caty said...

sounds like a great man written about in a great poem :) Happy Sunday!

Tom said...

cool. who needs two legs anyway. loved the nudist story, btw

natalee said...

so few words yet such a great story.....amazing...

Captain Dumbass said...

You can let it eat you up or get on with it. Good for him and lucky for you to have met him.

Sam Liu said...

Beautiful story, Brian. Men and women like the veteran you met are indeed an inspiration to us all, and you express this beautifully in your poem.

Pete Marshall said...

its times like these that are reality checks...a good 160 my friend cheers Pete

Dianne said...

In the moment, present and attentive, Dianne

Mona said...

That is great visual imagery! Sun himself bowing to his happiness is a wonderful expression!

The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street said...

You convey this living in the moment in the most meaningful ways, but not in so many words (or spaces!)

Harris Channing said...

Mmmm, that's pretty powerful. To have a loss like that and to still find joy in sunshine and water. Good stuff!

http://harrischanningauthor.blogspot.com/

Monkey Man said...

Living in the moment. What we should do but many times can't. Great 160, Brian. Thanks for playing.

She Writes said...

I saw a man yesterday with two stumps for legs. He was loading his own wheel chair in a van--alone--incredible. It reminded me of how easy it is for me to take the simplest things like walking, for granted. I don't know if I would be so good at a lack of bitterness. It scares me to imagine.

Anonymous said...

Intriguing 160. Makes me want to know more about him.

Alice Audrey said...

That's weird. My comment went in as "anonymous." I didn't click anonymous.

Shannon Tucker Photography said...

Sometimes, all I can think of to say is "Thank you" for your beautiful prose.

S

Sophia said...

I totally get where you're coming from with the veteran you write about. I have alot I could complain about as well; very genuine reasons in fact. But I too, try to live in the now - the moment at hand. It's not always easy, but I do the best that I can! :)

Syd said...

That is a great attitude.

Pseudo said...

I can picture him perfectly.

Mona said...

And yes... happy friendship day to you Brian!

drybottomgirl said...

Those moments are "God perks" , as they remind us that there can be joy in everything....

Luisa Doraz said...

I can see that you have been busy in that head of yours coming up with all of this fabulous work. I applaud you. :) Hope you have a week that is full of many smiles. :)

william said...

very nice brian, friendships spark up everywhere :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Yep, living in the moment.
Nice job Brian.
jj

The Retired One said...

So poignant, Brian......
people of all kinds of life and life's experiences are our best teachers.
Earth angels, I like to think.

Brian Miller said...

i love meeting people...everyone has a story they are waiting to tell...each can be appreciated for what they add to the big picture...

CM said...

You notice the world that everyone else ignores. That's what I think is so cool. Everytime you do, it's a good reminder for the rest of us to think about someone other than ourselves. Very convicting...thank you!

Help! Mama Remote... said...

You are an incredible writer!!!!I visualize what you're saying when you write.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

What a great tribute! ..How to live in the present.. so wise!
I have seen you in so many blogs I use to visit and comment. You're such a loyal follower. We also share about the same friends as I can see.
I thought it was time to stop by and say hi!
Hope you had a great weekend!!
B

Katherine said...

Oh my...you sound like a male version of myself. I love to talk to the elderly, they have so much to talk about, so much interesting history up their sleeves...it's wonderful.
He sounds like many a veteran that I have met in my community nursing years. He has seen darkness, probably in ways that most of us will never be able to imagine. He has learnt how to appreciate and be grateful for even the simplest things in life... we can learn much from men like your park bench gentelman.... Life is good!! A emotive 160 Brian

Alexis Hallum said...

"yet the sun
bows to his joy."
I'll be honest, I teared up at this. You know, you've reminded me to be thankful in all circumstances.:)

Emmanuel Ibok said...

So cool...nice one!

Have a super August and a fulfilled week ahead.

Cheers!

Kavita said...

A beautifully written 160!
Smiling at life (no matter how good or bad it has been) is an art... but if we do it often enough, we will get it too...
A very inspiring poem..
Thanks for sharing this experience with the veteran! Kudos to him, and to you...

sheila said...

Awesome 160! Love this, it's beautiful

evalinn said...

Nice 160!

Meeko Fabulous said...

I love people like that! They have every reason to complain, yet they don't. And those that have no reason to compain, never stop. :) Nice 160 friend.

Mmm said...

some people just amaze me how they can do that. Wonderful.

Hilary said...

Lovely

Goofball said...

I'm glad you always take the time for conversations with other people. I fail in doing so. You teach me

Mighty M said...

Sounds like a great spirit!

JamieDedes said...

Wonderful 160!

Sandra Heska King said...

So much said in so few words. Sometimes it's hard to remember there can be joy in the brown and brokenness of life.

Thanks for coming by my blog today. :)

Wild Rose said...

Wonderful tribute Brian, very nice..

Marla said...

Beautiful~~