Tuesday, November 2, 2010

one shot: missing person report & together we can (by Logan)

missing person report

something is missing
this morning as i drag
the razor across my
face in the mirror.

searching, i settle
on my eyes
and find it is me.

if you happen to see
me, out wandering the streets,
point toward one of the signs
with the picture of my face,
the ones i am triple stapling
on telephone poles
and community bulletin boards.

perhaps i can
find my way from there.

and now for a special treat...my son (Logan, age 8) got second place in the reflections contest at his school for his poem "Together We Can?"

Together We Can?

Together we can ride a bike.
We can run.
We can sleep.
We can watch.
We can sing.
All together.

I think he did a great job. Now it's your turn, write a poem. Come join us at One Shot Wednesday. The links open at 5 pm EST.

139 comments:

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Oh my - Logan's poem is AWESOME! He should be proud and so should you...You are truly a talented family :)

Susan Deborah said...

What lovely duo, here! The two poems are an absolute delight.

Joy always,
Susan

Dianne said...

Hey, do you have a bicycle built for two? Hee hee. Logan takes after his dad, and together we can write.

I like this brief snapshot poem of yours as well, the line breaks especially.
Di

Jill said...

Both of you...well done!

Valerie said...

Inherited talent.. well done, Logan.

Arts Web Show said...

it looks like poetic talent runs in the family

Beedeebabee said...

Like father, like son! Logan did an excellent job...you both did! Happy Wednesday! =o)

Austin said...

Love it, both of them! Nice job Logan!

Caty said...

Talent runs in the family. congrats to Logan...his poem was wonderful

Brian Miller said...

eh, his is great, mine is rather moody and emo...its that kinda day...i may take a day or two off to clear my head a bit...so if you dont see me around, i will be back.

JStar said...

Love it Brian...Awwww he is following in mommy and daddies footsteps I see...They say the apple doesnt far from the tree *smiles*

Daniel said...

A delicious combo platter from the Miller boys. So tasty.

Myrna R. said...

Both poems are grand. I've come to expect that from you, but Logan -only eitht? Heredity is obvious here.

nsiyer said...

Your post reminded me of' identity.' How much we see of ourselves is important.
Congrats to Logan for his wonderful poem at age 8.
Delighted.

Hilary said...

It would seem that the Logan berry doesn't fall far from the tree.

Kay said...

looks like you've got a poet under your wings :D (perhaps he's the one that took you)...

Titanium said...

Together, you and Logan are simply awesome!

Hope said...

you don't know how many times I've looked in the mirror and said 'hello? is that you in there?'
then i look closer and stare deep into my eyes and say, 'yes it is. I'm still here' then I smile and walk away. I haven't really sent out a missing person's report on my self yet but...perhaps I should. Love your post, Brian!

especially love your son's poem. simple and true! Amazing! you must be very proud.

thanks for visiting today

Okie said...

Excellent work to both of you.

Although they were each written for different purposes, having the two poems side by side creates an intriguing juxtaposition and gets me thinking.

Thanks for sharing and pass on some kudos to your son. You've nurtured some good talent there. :)

penelopephoebe said...

I felt your poem was haunting, although I felt the first half was stronger than the second.
You must be so proud of your son. I know I would be.

penelopephoebe said...

I felt your poem was haunting, although I felt the first half was stronger than the second.
You must be so proud of your son. I know I would be.

Glynn said...

I love the simplicty and almost cicularity of "missing person report."

And Logan has a great poem, too (I'm a bike rider as well, and we can ride a bike together.)

lakeviewer said...

Does he know his dad speaks poetry? Like all the time? Like when he shaves?

Congratulations are in order for young Mr Logan.

Tina said...

Oh yes, I've been missing myself, too. For a while now. Haven't had the energy to put up the posters, though ;-) You captured the feeling SO well. And props to Logan. He's got some budding talent! Please tell him congrats from me.

Dulce said...

Hey
My dear Brian,
I hope you find that lovely man
of yours really soon. He is just a love , you know?

Blogland would not go on without his smiles...
Now for your son's poem I hope you don't use his work and then say it's yours> copyright, right? LOL

My son is also eight!--hummm I 've got an idea...

Thanks for this great one SHOT!

;)

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Congratulations to Logan and the entire family. Got an earlier start than you or I did, huh Brian? ;)

Cinner said...

Both poems are great, I see great stuff ahead for Logan, He must get that from his Dad, you should be very proud. Please tell him I thought it was awesome. smiles.

Lori said...

Sometimes I do feel like I am missing so your poem struck a chord with me. :)

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it? :) Great poem Logan!

Happy Tuesday!

Heather said...

great one...Hmmm, sometimes I feel like I am missing mystelf, lol.
Logan, awesome work! That's fabulous, good for you!
xo

Nessa said...

I love Logan's poem! And i love that you are encouraging him.

I love your poem too. :)

Ed Pilolla said...

i like how your son posed a question in the title and there was no question in the text. really reflective, and impressive.

Bonnie said...

Another poet in the making. Bravo Logan. Perhaps together we can find your father!

Manda said...

I'll be sure to point you home if I find ya...
Oh, and congrats to Logan!

Kelly H-Y said...

Wow ... your son is good! You are a talented duo!!

Brian Miller said...

thanks for the love for logan...and dulce thanks for the encouragement. smiles. already turning around...just bein real on the feelings you know...nothing too fancy today...

Maggie May said...

Logan's poem is really appealing and I think he is following in your footsteps. You must be very proud of him.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

KB said...

Feeling a bit lost are we? Hope you find yourself again soon.

Well done Logan, you did an excellent job!

Christina said...

Bravo guys! So glad you shared Logan's poem with us. Congrats!!

secret agent woman said...

The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree. And I mean that in a good way.

mama-face said...

I don't shave (my face) but I relate to this poem-even had some of these thoughts today. where am i?

Logan's poem is fantastic. He's inherited his father's ability to convey profound feelings with simplicity.

Plus...what a cool name; Logan.

drybottomgirl said...

Like father, like son, and yet uniquely different. You two should be proud of each other and I sure you are....happiness....together!

Captain Dumbass said...

I don't do poems, but I can appreciate them. Good work on both of them.

Debbie said...

I guess that heredity is at play in your family! Congrats to your son. He is quite talented.

cianphelan said...

Aw, always like to see the poetry coming from the young! Especially nice to see it run in the family, too.

Nice pair--the two go well together, complement one another well. Make a nice middle ground together.

Betsy said...

Tell Logan he did an amazing job...he has talent, just like his dad! Great Job!! :)

Madame DeFarge said...

Love Logan's poem. He should have won! Demand a recount!

Pauline said...

Your poem is a thoughtful foray into the world of the lost...

Logan's should be a campaign slogan!

anthonynorth said...

A family extravaganza. Nicely done, both.

S. Sharp said...

Brilliant Work, loved it

S.

forpuck said...

It's very nicely composed, but feels too smooth to me given the subject matter...

Baino said...

Hmm like father like son

Claudia said...

..think i have seen you wandering the streets today...smiles
i love this poem - it so vividly describes a feeling i often have

also enjoyed you son's poem..yes..he has done very well - you can be proud..so the next poet generation arises - yey!

Unknown Mami said...

Your son did a fantastic job.

betweenhearts75 said...

Both of you, nice job!!! (I've been searching for me too, lol...wonderful work!)~And your son ties it up, with some "togetherness" =) ~April

emily wierenga said...

praying you find yourself in father's eyes, brian... i know this, too well.

and your son--what beautiful words; a prodigy. :) i cannot wait until my boy begins to word life together.

She Writes said...

Logan! Bravo!!

Mighty M said...

Nice job, both of you (but especially Logan!).

blueviolet said...

Who is Logan talking about? His brother? His mom? You?

Desert Rose said...

I always found those moments in the mirror like a self reflection trials..men do it when shaving women do it anyway with just gazing at their features to think if something is missing or perhaps added every morning..:)

LOVED your son's poem Brian..like father like son it is..a poet to be..congradz..:)

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

watch out for Logan...he is awesome!

Look for yourself in the eyes of your boy

sheila said...

Well it would seem that young Mr. Logan will be following in his fathers footstep with his way with words!
Very nice! (both of you. I didn't mean to slight you Brian, lol)

poemblaze said...

Thanks for sharing both these poems. I love the concept of stapling "lost" posters of yourself on telephone poles. Great idea.

SuziCate said...

perhaps i can
find my way from there - I know you can! Go, Logan! Looks like he's following in Daddy'a footsteps!

The Retired One said...

I know where he gets that writing talent from...and I also know how very proud that makes you! (Rightfully so!)

Cindybrown said...

Very nice!!! I see your son has got his daddys talent!!! Both are wonderful!!

dustus said...

Nice Two Shot from The Miller Boys! Very cool.

Gabriela Abalo said...

know the feeling!

great one shot :)

yes! together we can!!

:)

Carrie Burtt said...

He is a chip off the old wonderful block....he has your talent and heart Brian!....:-)

Deidra said...

Oh my!
He's following in your footsteps!

Sophia said...

Together we can....LOVE IT, Logan. You are a superstar writer already! :D Keep it up and you'll be passing up your dad! hee hee

Brian, yours was quite riveting as well, and I'm reading between the lines...

David Waters said...

Together we can! rock on Logan

Jen said...

He takes after his father. I'm not surprised your son would be a poet.

Slamdunk said...

Well done Logan.

Nice to have the family rivalry going now with all of the talent there.

ds said...

Congratulations, Logan!
Dad, it's safe to climb out of the mirror now--someone has found you...
Truly wonderful work, both.

Just Be Real said...

Well done Logan! Blessings.

Teresa said...

Logan's poem is wonderful! He obviously gets his talents from his father. I love your missing person report--I think we all have moments when we wonder where on earth we went.

deb said...

Brian...
always something to think about, to ponder , and to carry forward. thank you.

and your son's words are precious

gospelwriter said...

Logan's poem is precious. As for yours, nice one too, love the idea of filing a missing persons report for oneself. Your versatility in writing never ceases to amaze me.

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

well well well! look at you, so proud! and no wonder - he has the vein (like father like son). He is BRILLIANT - his words are so clean, crisp and intense at the same time. Big hug to Logan ;)

C.M. Jackson said...

Magnificent! following in Dad's footsteps--you are blessed!!

kkrige said...

I have had many days like that Brian. Hope that you find yourself when you are ready.

and congrats to the other poet in the family. Nice job!

TALON said...

Awww! Logan's poem is terrific!

And yours isn't so bad either, Brian ;) (I'm filing a missing person report straight away!)

La Belette Rouge said...

I hope someone has found you! ;-)

8??? What a talented son you have.

AW said...

Congrats to Logan! I'm sorry to hear the sad report that you are missing. May you find yourself soon!

Reflections said...

I'll keep a watch in my part of town, so as to direct you back to you.

Great write for the little guy! Please let him know how well he did.

ladyfi said...

Well done Logan! Must run in the family.

And I love your poem. Hope you find yourself...

June_Butterfly said...

I know it's an old cliche,LIKE FATHER,LIKE SON!!

They say that a family that do things together ,stays together.

I hope you and your family can do lots of stuffs and growing-up together.After you find yourself,ok.haha!!Any REWARD???

Kulio said...

ha I can identify with those mornings when i feel so far away, even from myself.

I love his poem, alright!

Shashi said...

Dear Brian
I am sure that you would have found yourself by now, specially since Logan has a way of doing things together... I enjoyed your verse a lot.
Coming to Logan's sweet verse, I realise one thing again. The children have a special way looking at things... making the complex things simple, they have a different eye, I believe, specially since they are so fresh from God. Still their heart sees through their eyes, not yet wearing specs of life, negetivity and complexity around them... Logan's poerty made me a permanent smile, that will stay for the day today...
Thanks Logan

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Om Namah Shivaya
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Zuzana said...

Congratulations to your son, what a great poem.;)) He has your writing style, I feel.;))
And of course your own words always stir a lot of emotions within me, today is no exception:;)
Have a great day dear Brian,
xoxo

repressedsoul said...

Gorgeous pieces and Logan did a grand job. May be following in his father's footsteps ;)

Sumit Sarkar said...

Lovely..
Hats off to your son...

Mona said...

O I saw him on my way at the crossing. He is here in India! Why did you let him wander off so far? Now you will have to come all the way around the globe to pick him up!

:D

Lovely poem in between. We do let ourselves wander off and realize it only when we are lost...

Yay! to Logan winning! He has put togetherness together in a heartfelt way!

Syd said...

Nice poem by Logan. The missing are not only others but ourselves. I get that totally.

Raven said...

Both poems are amazing! It looks like Logan inherited some of his Daddy's creative talent!

izzy said...

I didn't think I could fly either-
good set ! Keep encouraging your son to write- " Every day even if it is only one sentence," That was my Father
urging me -way, way long ago...

Lorraine said...

apple doesn't fall far from the tree, I see, excellent father and son duo

SY said...

ok Logan deserves a prize for that

Gaston Studio said...

Excellent from both father and son. I know you are so proud of Logan.

adeeyoyo said...

You must be so proud, Brian... I love them both!

Tracy said...

Excellent job, Logan!

Bossy Betty said...

The father and son team is dynamite! Loved both of them!

Candie Bracci said...

I absolutely LOVE both of them!Again,bravo to Logan!!

Asobime said...

I think you Both did a great job on poetry this week....

Like father, like son. There is no missing link here!

LOL!

Lovely poems....

Lady Nyo

slommler said...

Yes! Together we can!! Perfect for this election time!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Magpie said...

Oh, I know you're one proud pappa!!!
This little apple did not fall far from the tree.

BLOGitse said...

All together!
Not against, we're not enemies, our world shouldn't be one big war zone. All together!

Suz said...

just to let you know I enjoyed them both
now enjoy your head clearing

Pete Marshall said...

i enjoyed his more than yours!!!! seriously though a double treat from the miller family...cheers pete

Melissa Campbell said...

I love the father-son offering. It looks like he may be following in his daddy's footsteps. Great as usual! :)

Eric Alder said...

You know you're having a bad day when you see your own face on the milk carton under "Missing"

Nice One Shot, Brian!

signed...bkm said...

I have seen that missing face at blogspot and One Shot ....maybe you should look there....great job for you son...great job for the dad to be his mentor....bkm

Anonymous said...

your poem was very touching brian and Logan's poem was fantastic. Congratulte the tiny one on my behalf.

trisha
mydomainpvt.wordpress.com

Strummed Words said...

Congrats to Logan, the new budding poet!

PattiKen said...

You know what they say about the apple and the tree. I love both of your poems. Yours describes just how I feel some days.

And Logan's? not only is the writing amazing, especially for one so young, but the sentiment is wonderful. Clearly you are passing on your values.

This is the second of Logan's poems you have posted, no? The lad is his dad's son for sure. You should be proud.

budh.aaah said...

Wow!! way to go Logan

liv2write2day said...

Love your poem...there are days like that. And Logan!!! Stupendous. Good DNA going on there.
Victoria

Monkey Man said...

Appears to me you found yourself quite some time ago. Logan's contribution was awesome. I'm playing today as well.

william said...

superb, and may congrats to your son :)

hedgewitch said...

Short, simple, and everything working together in both poems. Just plain well done.

Lovely Annie said...

You such an awesome dad!
It is so cool that he won. please pass on my congrats!

wow..i really resonate with your poem...looking in the mirror and missing something...All the poetry today seems very emotional and intense
could be me

; )

awesome one shots!

Belinda said...

Awww, Logan did a great job!!!

Yours isn't bad either ; ) I can relate to the feeling of not finding myself -- some days can be like that and you've given me the gift of knowing I am not alone.

Aquarius63 said...

A thought provoking poem. Great job.

Well done Logan also.

Everyday Goddess said...

you two are quite a pair!

Tammy said...

Love the trick of the eye in this.

Boom Boom Larew said...

Way to go, Logan! A regular chip off the old block!

gautami tripathy said...

You being missing echoed with me...

Logan's poem is very very good too...

bits and pieces

Pat said...

Who doesn't feel that way sometimes when they look in the mirror? You described it so well!

And Logan? Sounds like he's following his Dad!

tolbert said...

Good stuff by both you and Logan!

Really liked the Missing Person Report...sometimes I think I have my mail delivered there.

Logan, you nailed it! Keep writing!

The Exception said...

Logan’s poem is wonderful. We are waiting to hear the results of our schools reflection contest – same theme.
It is a bit of a surreal feeling to look into the mirror and note that someone is missing… that someone being us. I suppose it is one thing to notice when we are missing and another to be missing and have no one notice.

mairmusic said...

wow-- a talented pair! Hope you returned from the mountains refreshed!

Cheryl said...

Loved 'em both. Magical reflections.

The Empress said...

Alright, Logan!

That's my boy...papa and mama are so proud.

Way to go, Idaho!

Steve said...

Solid work.

Whitesnake said...

Must be the week for joint efforts..
Nicely done

Goofball said...

talent is genetic! :)

River said...

That's so cool. Thanks for both. :)

Marla said...

That is the coolest thing, to write with your son. You both did an outstanding job!

Gramma said...

Great job, Logan. Gramma is proud of you.