Thursday, September 16, 2010

55 - flower pot

i super glue
my fingers to each other
putting the flower pot
back together
you found
in the dirt & weeds
yesterday...

it's just shards
but you want it,
you see it
for what is was &
can be...

chipped & pitted,
certainly blemished
they will hold
life once more...

this flower pot,
these hands.

Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go see g-man.

124 comments:

Pauline said...

Love the ending. Uh - can you tell a story in just seventeen syllables?

CM said...

Wonderful metaphor.

Mighty M said...

So pretty - hope the stuck hands don't affect your writing (or typing). :)

Titanium said...

The imperfect hands and flower pots are best suited for cradling life. Somehow, there's a deeper appreciation after things are glued back together.

Life with Kaishon said...

Just when I think I have found my favorite piece you have ever written...I stumble onto a new favorite!

Mama Zen said...

Makes me thankful for those who see beauty in brokenness.

Prayer Girl said...

How precious are those who are put back together with love.

PG

Monkey Man said...

That's dedication. My 55 is HERE .

THE BEATY said...

Its kinda strange how my magpie and your 55 bolth hevily involve things breaking and getting glued back together

Matty said...

LOL, nice to see I'm not the only one who has done that.

Hilary said...

Such a loving deed. Beautiful.

Katherine said...

Holding on to life, I really like this Brian. Imperfections need not stand in the way of life. We all have our crazes & cracks, just like your broken pot... it all tells a story & adds to the character..thus making it more interesting.

Stacey said...

That was beautiful. Second chances make life that much more sweet.

Everyday Goddess said...

we mend each other. that's so wonderful.

Jannie Funster said...

Ooo, I like it. Your hands will help make seedlings grow. I like that!

xo

Kate Hanley said...

Being Irish by descent, I have no idea how you manage to tell a story in 55 words. I'm always amazed.

Kate Hanley said...

Being Irish by descent, I have no idea how you manage to tell a story in 55 words. I'm always amazed.

G-Man said...

You are like the Doctor Frankenstein of pottery then?
Loved your 55 Son..
You are brilliantly beautiful.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Thom said...

Excellent metaphor my friend. Very inspiring. Have a great weekend. :)

Daniel said...

The smooth and dulcet tones of a good BM! Ahhh .... Wait, get your minds straight people, BM is our host Brian M.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Reminds me of when I found a platter that had been left outside for years and years at my great aunt and uncle's house.

I was determined to see it for more than just a dirty, algae covered platter. I scrubbed and soaked and lime awayed until what began to surface was an intricate pattern of a rooster. This platter was a one of a kind treasure.

You brought back memories. Love this.

n. davis rosback said...

super!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

That was so sweet!

Whitesnake said...

Bill and Ben the flowerpot men.
Then there was WEEEEEEEEED

heartspell said...

you see it for what is was & what it can be... a great point of view... nice 55 :) heartspell

steveroni said...

With but a premise of simplicity (a busted pot) Brian, you glue together 55-word pieces of great emotion, depth, and spirituality. WOW!

tattytiara said...

Nice light touch of humor there.

KB said...

Beautiful 55 Brian. Have a wonderful weekend.

lime said...

what a hopeful piece told with such economy. just beautiful.

PattiKen said...

Aw... no sacrifice too great. Nice 55, Brian.

TALON said...

This is so sweet! I use the broken pots (Stripey isn't quite as careful as he might be pussy-footing around at times) as drainage for other pots.

ladyfi said...

Great metaphor for life!

Siren said...

Beautiful, I really enjoyed that.

magiceye said...

this is so beautiful...
loved its tenderness

signed...bkm said...

this is truly a beautiful read...the last two lines...glue it all together...into something wonderful...bkm

Cinner said...

This is beautiful Brian, so something I would do. lots of times when things appear broken in life they are not, thanks for reminding me of that.

SY said...

Beautiful. Putting things back together always looks cracked on the outside.

adeeyoyo said...

You are deep Brian. Wonderful to see things as they can be... only the positive side... Thank you so much - your writings are so full of lessons that we have forgotten.

Joanna Jenkins said...

That made me smile. Thanks,
jj

Reflections said...

Wow, sounds like a tough task...

Love the idea of seeing things for what they are and what they can be.

Great writing.

Birdie said...

so sweet! there is something about the broken flower pots being put together :-) happy w-e Brian!

Lorenzo said...

Poignant, Brian. It reminds me of Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem': Tthere is a crack, a crack in everything / that's how the light gets in".

Jinksy said...

A pot of gold has many guises...

Claudia said...

..they will hold life once more…love it…sometimes i think the things and lives that were once broken and glued hold much better than the original - even if they don't look that nice any more...

Zuzana said...

Beautiful, yet again in so few words. To see the potential in the broken and the blemished, to see beyond the obvious...
Have a lovely Friday Brian,
xo

Just Be Real said...

Whimsical and powerful at the same time. Superglue is not fun when it is part of your body. Blessings.

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anthonynorth said...

Great ending to this.

anthonynorth said...

Great ending to this.

joanny said...

This made me smile, very sweet and a lovely metaphor, super glued together,isn't love grand.


Nice 55er,


Joanny

mrsnesbitt said...

Sounds like chic vintage eh? My hubby despairs at some of the tat in shops! lol! Yet home grown treasures are different!!!

Loved this -


Mine is up! Bring a coat!

Susan Deborah said...

You almost sounded like a potter. I am thinking of another Potter!

Joy always,
Susan

Valerie said...

A wonderful resurrection.
Stacey summed it up perfectly.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

also love the ending...

slommler said...

Glued back together! Life!!! Dreams!! Desires!! All shards...fitting pieces and finding some missing...still treasured!!
Hugs
SueAnn

jabblog said...

I have a vision of you permanently attached to the flower pot earning yourself the definition of a most generous man - always giving ;-)

Cheryl said...

Even the simplest tasks come alive and have new meaning given your thoughtful touch.

Goofball said...

so what's going to grow in it?

Brian Miller said...

goofball..not sure what we will plant in it...we did put soil in it to make sure it would hold...

jabblog...lol...thank goodness i was not glued to it...close...but not..smiles.

Candie Bracci said...

Really nice Brian :)

TechnoBabe said...

The fact that you care what someone else thinks about the flower pot, you gladly mend it, you participate in their vision. That is a lost art.

Bonnie said...

Seems just the other day I was congratulating you on 500 followers and now look - you are almost at 600! People certainly recognize talent when they see/read it!

...the life in these hands...

Vicki Lane said...

Love how you find metaphor in the most prosaic moments.

Gaston Studio said...

Wonderful Brian! I agree with one of your commenters in that I'd never be able to tell a story in 55 words, but you do it so well.

natalee said...

I think this one is my new favorite one.. It is inspiring and soo true... GREAT!!!!!!( Hey did you see Eva gave us a shout out??)

BLOGitse said...

Clued flower pot has more character than new, arrogant pot from a fancy shop...

Sarah said...

Beautiful!

Lorraine said...

pure art in you hand and in your heart

DJan said...

Gads! I'm leaving the 70th comment! I decided to stop reading and just get on with it. Wonderful and visceral poem, Brian. I could smell the earth on your hands.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

sigh... the potters hands... :)

I love the imagery that this brings to mind.

mama-face said...

true story? super glue can hurt. dumb comment.

Lori said...

Love it. The fact that you would care enough to do this says a lot about the person you are. This pot kind of reminds me of people...when we are broken and blemished someone see's us for what we were and can be.

Hope you and yours have a fabulous weekend. XX :)

John's comments said...

Delicate life... Thanks for reading my Friday 55. Hope your week goes well

AmyLK said...

Love it!

Raven said...

'it's just shards
but you want it,
you see it
for what is was &
can be...'

I especially loved those lines. Great 55!

Syd said...

Nice. I take things so literally. I would think--good, it is now more porous for the plants. Or perhaps to let other more abstract things come and go.

Someone Is Special said...

Loved the ending and the way you had written it..

So so so superb..

Let She Stay In Peace

--Someone Is Special--

Jill said...

That pot has much more meaning because of the love given it! (and a little guy too!)

annell said...

Brian Your piece reminded me of a New Mexico artist, that I love. His name was Rick Dillingham. He created cermics, and guided by the shards found everywhere, he began to break his pottery, and to put it back together again -- sometimes he would paint it again, and sometimes he would fire it again. But really wonderful work!

MorningAJ said...

That's gorgeous.

Alice Audrey said...

You make it sound worth while to fix the pot. If it's just a regular plastic one or a cheap clay, I go buy another.

Velvet Over Steel said...

Great metaphor! One can 'read' so much into your words and this post! :-)

Sorry I havne't been a good responder to my Awesome followers and commentors like you. My son and I are still getting into a the routine of 'tons' of homework that goes into a new school year with all new classes and teachers. Changes are hard for us both. His from A.S. and mine from ... well Old Age. Ha... At least I sure feel old when I'm trying to help with homework. :-)

Have a Great Friday and a Wonderful Weekend, Brian!
Hugs,
Coreen

JStar said...

:) So cute...I remember when I super glued my fingers when I broke my mom flower pot and I tried to hide it...

JStar said...

Oh come by and check out my tribute for Dulce's birthday for my 55

http://msjstar1275.blogspot.com/

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Or just leave it cracked on the ground & plant flowers around it. You know people will pay for that!

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Nice metaphor Brian. Re-purposing is just like life...

Maggie May said...

It must have been a very precious pot to go to so much trouble. Hope you grow something really lovely in it.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

kkrige said...

i super glue
my fingers to each other
putting the flower pot
back together

bwahahaha
Remind me not to ask you to be my helper if I have any little projects around the house. snigger
You are too cute. :)

great poem Brian

drybottomgirl said...

Been there----I bring home things that people are tossing out or things that I find, and glue (fingers included) strip, sand, paint, refurbish etc....as my husband watches with a skeptical eye until he view the finished project. It's very satisfying and hopefully whatever you plant will thrive in it's new home. Have a great weekend!

Steven Anthony said...

Ive been away from blogland a ccouple days, I had to catch up with my fav bloggers, so glad I did..this one is lovely ;)

Myrna R. said...

Such depth in your straightforward and simple words.

See, that's what I mean when I say I wish I were a poet. And you may not be aware, but you are my teacher.

ani_aset said...

its simply beautiful :) a different kind of 55er i read

Tina said...

Nice and tight. Great metaphor. It's much harder to use fewer words. You do it well.

the walking man said...

Cool poem. I would have recycled it some other way. That super glue man what is it really good for except revealing fingerprints on CSI?

Jen said...

Now it has more character and is infinitely more interesting.

Bossy Betty said...

Sweet! Love the beginning especially.

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HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Brian....this says so much in so little words.

Grab the fingernail polish remover next time!!! It'll loosen the nasty super glue on your hands. LOL Altho, I'm sure you're comparing the broken for both.

Nancy said...

I've found a few of those.

Tracy said...

Lovely, Brian. Have a super weekend! I am off to the BEACH!

RNSANE said...

You are most amazing. This one is really special and, in just 55 words, it conveys so much!

Lulda Casadaga said...

Sometimes it's better to try and put it back together...rather than letting it go!

Barbara said...

You say so much in 55, Brian. I loved this one.

Sam Liu said...

Breathtaking metaphor, Brian, and very poignant. The great beauty and miracle that is life itself. Your words are wonderful.

william said...

sometimes we just cant let go, superb mate @)

sage said...

I like it, especially the pot and the hands ending...

Nessa said...

I have always loved hands that look lived in.

Nessa said...

I have always loved hands that look lived in.

masterymistery said...

great word, "shards", one of the best. the post works at multiple levels, but then you always knew that.

masterymistery at cosmic rapture

Wild Rose said...

Lovely 55 Brian now where is the Mrs when you need her haha...

secret agent woman said...

Much like a heart.

Teresa said...

This is wonderful! We all need to have someone see that what we were and what we can be sometimes.

Dulce said...

The simile here is so wise... flowers and fingers...
Great 55er Brian
Thank you so much for your lovely comments at my place
HAve a nice weekend!

;)

Dulce

hope said...

How sweet!

betweenhearts75 said...

Ahhhh I LOVE this, such a wonderful irony in this. Such beauty found in a broken pot, and such kindness to repair it with such care! :)Truly beautiful. ~April

Linda said...

That's cute!

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian
"Brian said,"i super glue
my fingers to each other"


Brian, the first eight words are what captured my attention on my dashboard...and now I know why.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

gayle said...

Love your words!!

mairmusic said...

Ah, lovely! thanks!

ladynimue said...

Good one again !!

Presenting you with Summer Blogger Award on my blog here : http://ladynimue.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/bliss/

Dianne said...

121 comments, wow, Brian!

You are famous! And a fabulous writer.

I love this one, people underestimate the value of their hands.

Eaton Bennett said...

as always Brian, a very worthwhile visit to read your 55. A glimpse of everyday life and yet I read a deeper meaning. Good stuff! :))

Marla said...

Sweet ~