Tuesday, October 26, 2010

one shot: i, wood butt

tell me what it was that you dreamed
before your butt became wooden. (petrified)
were you going to be a writer, an artist,
a musician, an astronaut, a cook, a baker
a candlestick maker, what was it?

perhaps you are not following me
i, wood butt, don't have the time
i, wood butt, wait for the right circumstances
i, wood butt, i really don't want to
do it, because i am scared or really
don't want to, but it makes me feel
cool to imagine if it really happened

i, wood butt, makes me want to grow
colonies of hungry termites
to turn loose on the unsuspecting city

we are sitting at this outdoor table
a real piece of work, broken glass
mosaic in soldered iron & this guy
i admire, he writes, putting words together
in ways that make you salivate,
rubbing your eyes in their brilliance

is talking & i am picking his brain
sifting chopsticks through the noodles
for those that have rubbed elbows
with the sesame chicken, wrestling
off the glaze & he says it, "wood butt"

i choke on a fly that tours my
gaping mouth & i wonder when the
last time was that he actually wrote
something new, imagining piles of old manuscripts
he dusts off when he needs something fresh

"there has got to be a better way
than putting people in body bags
before they stop breathing, toe tags
hanging out just to give them a name,"
my words crawl across the table
rattling the door, finding it locked

he looks at me kinda funny, so i say
"never mind, tell me about one of
your stories," the same one as last time
and i feign interest, while i write
this for you, on a slightly soiled napkin.

"waiter, check please."

One Shot Wednesday - no theme, just poetry...write one, come join us...
Tuesday nights at 5 pm EST.

114 comments:

Steven Anthony said...

what a multi layered piece...it has my mind spining..

well done friend.

Jinksy said...

I think my wood butt is so old it has termites...

Myrna R. said...

I had to read it twice. I hope I'm no "wood butt".

I love the way your poetic mind works. It instigates thought.

Daniel said...

freakin' bloody brilliant I say. cheers mate.

Captain Dumbass said...

I'm going to use 'wood butt' in a sentence today.

Besides this one.

Anonymous said...

just loved the new phrase "wood butt"

there are so many of us there :)

trisha
mydomainpvt.wordpress.com

Hope said...

dropped in for a visit today.
Amazing piece. Words that stir.

Enjoyed it very much. thank you

drop by my spot if you wish

theworksofhope.blogspot.com

drybottomgirl said...

I was going to be a news anchor woman. Live in a fast paced city, a sleek apartment, great clothes, fabulously looking man etc....but the fact that that "wood butt" didn't materialize is ok. I got the better deal, and a sweet hubby to boot. So I always wanted to write a book and maybe someday I will! Nice "one shot"....:)

Tina said...

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Love the structure, it adds another layer to the meaning.

Claudia said...

still goose bumps... it's just brilliant brian

Dulce said...

Smiles to this masterpiece... You really have that picture in your mind and that way to express such situations...

Heidi said...

Been asking myself that a lot lately and wondering why I'm procrastinating?!

JStar said...

Brian...AMAZING!!! This has sooo much meaning...Its a reminder...to live life to the fullest...

Jill said...

How disappointing to find him to be a wood butt...I imagine there are a lot of people that we admire that are also GOLDEN members of the Wood Butt Society.

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

wood butts always affraid to live...to dream high...to use and exploit one's talents...settling down for a safe-boring sketchy version of what should've been. Nicely done, Brian!! great wake up call for us all.

Kim A. said...

How much wood would a wood-butt butt if a wood-butt could butt wood?

::couldn't help myself: hehe

♥namaste♥

lakeviewer said...

Brian, you ought to put this on Facebook, Twitter, get the kids to act it out or something on Utube. Heck, we all need to think about this, rather than be counted as dead wood while we still breathe.

Travel & Dive Girl said...

For some reason "wood butt" makes me giggle like a school girl. LOL!

Monkey Man said...

Reminds me of the scene in Pee Wee's Big Adventure where he is sitting in the mouth of the dinosaur and says, "Every body has a big butt. Let's talk about your big butt." Well played.

Lori said...

How clever. I say this way too much. So many excuses to not do some of those things we desire to do. I wood butt what if everyone thought I was crazy or they laughed at me?

Hope your having a terrific Tuesday! :)

Shell said...

I dreamt myself surrounded by music, wearing faded jeans with holes in the knees, going barefoot whenever I please. I saw myself with long hair, sitting in my art studio, bright white streaming sunlight over my shoulders onto watercolor paper as I paint, in time (yes, it's all mine) to the drumbeat...ever so sweet.

Dream it. Become it.

I loved this B. Meaningful words, brilliant storytelling...

~Shell

Gabriela Abalo said...

wood butt... I still don't know what to do with my life... so what!

Brilliant - provocative post

cheers :)

Cindybrown said...

You always amaze me, I am in one of those wood butt moments at the moment. Photography being the wood butt...this was awesome Brian...and.." putting words together
in ways that make you salivate," that is YOU my dear!!!

Cloudia said...

you weave quite a tapestry!




Aloha from Honolulu

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Michael Perkins said...

This is very good.

poemblaze said...

This is a wonderful poem. Clever concept and well written.

anthonynorth said...

wood butt - very clever.
Excellently done.

Daniel Jay said...

Definitely sounds like a conversation that I would liked to have been present for. I enjoyed tagging along for this one - always enjoy my time here.

Steve said...

Exceptional word pictures, with a distinctive tone.

Eva Gallant said...

Oooh, that hit home a little.

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

I, wood butt.

But it is sanded and varnished.

Asobime said...

Oh Jesus! This is a charmer. It kept my interest all the way through, and I didn't race. I do that when I am befuddled, confused or bored.

This is a keeper, and 'wood butt' is going to be my new word play.

Thank you, Brian for this poem....it cuts deep in most of us...certainly in my experience.

Lady Nyo

Tracy said...

Your last two posts are pretty deep, Brian. Nice job. I'm still sifting through them. Maybe a nice nursery rhyme for tomorrow? LOL.

repressedsoul said...

Hey you stole my punchline "I wood...butt" that's always my excuse. Great write as always Bri, top notch!

Jen said...

I was going to be an actress. I wood butt I have no talent.

I was also going to be a rock star. I wood butt my asthma kicks in sometimes and I don't have enough breath to make it through the song.

I was going to be a writer. I could still do that...do blogs count?

Desert Rose said...

Brilliant as always brian, you stir my mind in a very healthy way..:)

Beachanny said...

Wood butt puts me in mind of "a round tuit" they seem to be constructed of the same stuff and they petrify quicker the older I get. Well written. Thanks, Gay @beachanny

River said...

That was great, Brian. The layers and what fun for the mind. :)

tuberider said...

Too true, too true. Another thinking man's poem. Very good.

Maureen said...

Clever plays on words.

william said...

starnge I never knew what I was going to be, have done quite a few jobs :)

Unknown Mami said...

I know a lot of wood butts.

Bernie said...

wood but - I have been there at times. I have also been in a similar situation only the subject matter was different....:-)Hugs

Boom Boom Larew said...

Laughing at Kim's tongue twister!

i, wood butt = truly inspired!

secret agent woman said...

I'm pretty okay with what I've become. Still a flesh butt.

SuziCate said...

Leave a comment? I wood butt...This is brilliant on so many levels!

n. davis rosback said...

how much wood
would a wood butt butt
if a wood butt
could butt wood?

Tony Single said...

To paraphrase:

There's this guy I admire. He writes, putting words together in ways that make me salivate. I'm constantly rubbing my eyes in their brilliance. :)

AngelMay said...

I'd write something but I suffer from "wood butt".

L.L. Barkat said...

Quite fun, while also being quite serious. And now I can be jealous of you too (nice catalog in the center of the poem there! :)

Belinda said...

To butt heads with a wood butt would make me want to say "Check, please", too.

Provocative post.

June_Butterfly said...

Learned a new word...wood butt!!Actually am honestly considering the fact that I'm a wood butt.haha.My brain was actually in chaos.

One thing you won't ever do is bore.Your works are always mind moving.Great one shot.

Farmgirl Paints said...

awesome!

KB said...

I wood comment butt I don't know what to say :)

Pat said...

Very, very clever! I've got to get rid of my wood butt!

The Retired One said...

Oh, so very true! At times, I have been a wood-butt and I have talked until I am blue in the face to other wood-butts who come up with every excuse in the book of why they couldn't/wouldn't/shouldn't do something to get them out of situations they declared impossible...this one was wonderful, Brian and a real eye-opener to your readers I am sure!

Carrie Burtt said...

My "wood but" sat on my "maybe someday"....:-) Just love the way you get a message of what matters to my heart Brian! :-)

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

Love this! Who hasn't been guilty at one time or another, but it's always easier to notice when it's someone else. :-)

Chris G. said...

One mustn't be petrified by laziness and indecision...clever and entertaining piece that really gets at the heart of the matter. Great one shot, brian!

Me said...

Your imagery and your theme really grab me today Brian. Nice!

Loved the chopsticks in the noodles. Well, I love it all, but that line...wicked. :)
-C

Teri said...

Love that "wood butt" thing. My sister and I had a name that people couldn't pronounce that started with "but" and so we called ourselves "the butt sisters". She was Bertha, I was Martha. Love those butts...sisters and wood!

Aging Mommy said...

I think I have been guilty of "wood butt" for a long time but am coming out of it, slowly but surely. Very clever.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

We each are so many. I'm thinking, usually, it's way too much. -J

Pauline said...

I would imagine a couch potato with a wood butt, but...

Jerry said...

Thanks for kicking my wood butt!

gospelwriter said...

oh, I love this, love it - wood butt... come to think of it, that was me for too long :)

Teresa said...

Awesome! I think I have a lot of students with wood butts. Really enjoyed this one.

Betsy said...

I'm afraid I've been guilty of that! :(

It is brilliant...one of my Brian favorites!

Magpie said...

Layers upon layers...butt you knew that already. :)

PattiKen said...

I was going to leave a comment to justify myself, and decided not to. I, wood butt... well, you know. So I'll just say, awesome piece, Brian. You need have no fear of termites.

signed...bkm said...

brian i think you just kicked a lot of "wood butts" in the butt reading the comments here....let us all get off our butt and follow our dreams...writing, doing, loving...whatever..nice wake up call...bkm

Cheryl said...

Simply amazing. Had to reread it a few times to sift through all of the different undercurrents.

adeeyoyo said...

Please don't let me turn into one of those 'has beens', but not likely 'cos I haven't 'been' there yet!

TALON said...

Wood butt - brilliant!! I know a few wood butts...they make me sad.

Susan Deborah said...

The wordplay, layers and meanings kept teasing me until I finally put an end (by understanding it).

Wonderful.

Joy always,
Susan

Zuzana said...

This made me laugh, you are brilliant! It also reminded me of a small note that was put on the wall in my lab in NC, where it stated: When I get "a round tuit", I will finally do this and this.;) The note offered a round circle as a round tuit.;) So thus people in the lab had no excuses any longer to not to *get around to it*.;)
Have a lovely day Brian and thank you for the kind words on my post today,
xoxo

ladyfi said...

This is wonderful - deep, funny and true.

Shashi said...

Perfect... I would choke on the fly that is touring my mouth.. what a way to say it.. I enjoyed it.

Thanks for your comments on my blog... too

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Sh@s said...

Wish...if only i wood, i cood butt...
How often we are left with kind of a feeling.

Just Be Real said...

Brian thank you so much for your support and prayers dear one.

Birdie said...

applaud to your brilliancy from a wood butt here ;-) ... happy day Brian!!

Valerie said...

If I can't use wood butt, what CAN I use for an excuse...grins.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I'm still working on the fears of the wood butt...

I haven't given up, I'm just chipping away at the fixed ideas, and praying desperately for a miracle or two to lead the way.

:)

slommler said...

I loved this one Brian. Heck...I love all of your writings! This one is divine. "wood butt"!!! Such truth spoken with tongue in cheek!! The word that comes to my mind is "balderdash"!!
Hugging you
SueAnn

Heather said...

i like the meaning here...wood butt...good one!

Lorraine said...

I feel - I need to write about books and wood, you are so awesome

natalee said...

That really made me think and read it twice..... id like to thank you Im so using wood butt now in my vocab... !!!!

MorningAJ said...

I guess I'm the exception. I always wanted to be a writer. And I am.
I always wanted to live in the country. And I do.
I always wanted a happy relationship and (took a while, but) I have.

There are things I could wish for. Bit more money, slightly bigger house, better job title.... but actually I got what I dreamed.

blueviolet said...

No more wood butt for Otin! Good things are happening for him but the blog is not his pathway.

Raven said...

Wood butt. That's great! Another mind-blowing piece, Brian.

Grand Pooba said...

Oh my gosh, I love the wood butt!!!! That is pretty clever :)

annell said...

Another good piece of writing. Thanks Brian

Six Feet Under Blog said...

I said an, "oh, oh" when I saw butt in the title. lol

Jessie said...

*amn! i'm going to have to read this over again.
multi-faceted diamond--polished of course.

warm smiles,

KLZ said...

My wood butt is keeping me from looking for another job. I wood butt, this pays the bills. It's safe.

Thanks for giving me a look at myself.

Strummed Words said...

I wood too, butt.....

Clever poem.

She said...

We used to live near a house that had a wooden bench in the front yard and the man who lived there carved a life-sized wooden boy and sat him on the bench, smiling and waving to passerbys.

One day he was gone...the wooden boy, not the man. Someone had stolen him. (damn, neighborhood kids, most likely.)

A few weeks later another wooden boy appeared sitting on the bench, smiling and waving like the other boy did. However, this wooden boy, unlike the first, was chained to the bench... under lock and key.

For some reason, your story reminded me of those wood butt boys who smiled and waved to me as I drove home, so many years ago.

Great one shot!

betweenhearts75 said...

Incredible... :) lol love the "wood-butt" lines.... ;) April

Mona said...

Ah! That reminds me of the wood butt I got sitting for that 8 hours long exam, for which I didn't qualify!

But the good/ bad news is that NO ONE qualified from the literature section! ;)

Mona said...

Let me make this 100 comments ;D

Linda said...

I must say you have an interesting way with words. I love the wood butt. Sounds like in the end he got all the attention he deserved.

Brian Miller said...

she, what an intersting memory...it intrigued me about the wood boy having to be chained down and speaks volumes of our society...

omj said...

By far the best read of the day! Turning colonies of hungry termites loose - cracked me up! The entire piece was beyond brilliant!

D.C. Lutz said...

Brian
This is a fantastic write. I finished feeling very meloncholy. Bothered by my own excuses and bothered by others that bask in what used to be instead of what they could be. It is definitely easier to dream than to do.
Thanks for this

awitchtrying said...

This is great! I think sometimes I suffer from "wood butt". There's so much here- you have a great way with narrative. Thanks so much for sharing this!

alex said...

great poem sadly i am a "wood butt", :)

ZeR0BaCkUp said...

I think after 100 comments everything has been said, so I say: nice one shot! ;-)

Whitesnake said...

Ya seem ta have a fixation with butts this week!
what with ya 55 and all

Marla said...

This really hit me...hard. Excellent.

Pete Marshall said...

you continue to write amazing things...this is breathtaking...a great one shot my firend...pete

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
Once again, very well-written, and only one word comes to my mind after reading this poem...procrastination.

Thanks, for sharing this poem and By the way, some of your readers, comments are too funny!
DeeDee ;-D

The Empress said...

Loved this, and so did my 15 yr old son.

"before I became a wood butt" will be our fave expression around here, to get things done...

ds said...

My wood butt has definitely grown roots.
Fabulous piece. One to think on, over and over again.

S. Sharp said...

I love how you choose your words, the words are simple, no bloody heavy words that needs dictionary or to explained. Only words that needs an open mind that know-how to reflect and smile. Very very beatidul lines.

S.