Monday, November 15, 2010

trashed

staring at the blanket of clouds
pulled tight across the sky
i ask my son what he sees
amidst them...

"a butt."

and i won't lie,
i can see it

& i
just hope we are not
sitting at the bottom
of the toilet.

an empty bag of potato chips
crinkles as the wind
rolls it across the gravel drive
stopping briefly to say good morning
to a beer can someone tossed
in my yard during the night,
it's metallic skin a tapestry
of shadow and light.

79 comments:

Tracy said...

You have such an interesting view of EVERYTHING!

Magpie said...

I wonder what we could make of the "butt" in the sky? Is there a corresponding Rorschach Ink Blot? :)

Birdie said...

a perfect poem for November ... :-)

Bonnie said...

How satisfying it must be to be able to make something beautiful out of the sight of trash littering your driveway!

Love yesterday's post too - poem and artwork.

Brian Miller said...

i guess its just sad how we take care of our earth...and while the moment with cole and the clouds was humorous...we tend to shat our nest far too often...

Matty said...

Brian, you have a way of taking every day things and spinning quite a yarn. Every now and then, we find discarded things around here too.

TechnoBabe said...

Good imagery.

Daniel said...

I love the stark contrast between the dreamy aspect of cloud watching next to the dirty reality of the world.

Austin said...

Have about 1 beer bottle a week hit my yard. At least none of them have broken yet.

annell said...

Yes, it sounds like you were trashed.

penelopephoebe said...

That is such a good poem on many levels. I love coming here.

Helen said...

Well, I prefer cloud watching to trash picking ... but if I must, I will. Nice piece Brian.

Caty said...

It is sad how we mistreat the earth...maybe the clouds were sending a message. I find beer cans and trash in my yard all the time. cars drive by and toss things out of their windows without a second thought.

SY said...

LOL... you could also be a tube during a colonoscopy... I'd go for the toilet

Reflections said...

LOL... thank you for the smile this morning. I just love checking out your perspective on the everyday of this life. Your words are so uplifting.

Petrina

natalee said...

I hope we arent in some galactic toilet either... LOL!! oh kids and their points of view

Hope said...

love it!
thank you

Alan Burnett said...

Pure philosophy Brian.

Monkey Man said...

Making lemonade out of lemons. Very nice.

Myrna R. said...

Your son calls it as he sees it.

Too bad about the trash. Sad that we disrespect our Mother that way.

Still, your words so simple, are yet so inricate and beautiful.

TALON said...

lol! Sometimes you just have to laugh, don't you? Rain will never be the same now! They call it like they see it and that's what makes kids great.

faith said...

Ah, the mouth of babes.

"in my yard during the night,
it's metallic skin a tapestry
of shadow and light." - love how you can even make the trash appear beautiful!

kkrige said...

bwahaha. Don't you just love those moments. A butt. Yeah, I have seen it too. Happy MOnday my friend.

Bossy Betty said...

Loved this poem! Thanks, Brian! There's beauty (and laughter) everywhere!

Eva Gallant said...

I loved this....I too see things in the clouds. You just have such a way with words.

Debbie said...

It must have been quite humbling to look up and see that!

David Waters said...

ah a glimpse into how you view the world...brilliant;)

cheers

JStar said...

Deep meaning Brian...GREAT! I used to always make pictures out of the clouds as a pass time...

drybottomgirl said...

I could see my children saying the same thing. We have a lot of litter that gets blown or left near the bus stop and sooner or later it finds it's way to our lawn, so I just pick it up and toss it in the garbage which you used nicely for wondering if you were at the bottom of a toilet....

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moondustwriter said...

you got the raw "end" of the deal???

Ha - I love children and their honesty
never seen a butt in the sky before

Happy Monday my friend

ladyfi said...

A butt - beautiful anyway...

Vicki Lane said...

Love your quirky outlook and masterful way with words!

Pat said...

I guess he calls it like he sees it!

I used to live on the main thoroughfare of my subdivision and it was amazing the things I would find thrown on my lawn! Pop cans, trash, even beer bottles flung from a passing car that broke my mini-van's window!

Kate Hanley said...

So interesting how you stated your idea (hope we're not sitting in the toilet) before the description of the litter. I liked it, I never would have thought of doing it that way.

sheila said...

Very cool!
A butt, lol. Love the whole description of the bag of chips. You're cool

Claudia said...

ah brian - you even find poetry in a beer can, someone tossed away. you have eyes that see such a lot of things, someone else wouldn't notice and that's really special

Boom Boom Larew said...

I confess.... I see butts in clouds all the time!

Betsy said...

Ha...you never know what those clouds will look like!

litter in your yard..ugh. I caught a neighbor boy tossing a pop can in our yard one day. Needless to say, he never did it again. You should have seen his face when he realized I had been watching from the front window. ha.

e said...

I see butts everywhere, but only because I need to make peace with mine...

Driveway litter has never been so poetic. You are talented!

lakeviewer said...

The boy has imagination!

secret agent woman said...

As a psychologist, I'm going to have to refrain from commenting here. :-)

Mighty M said...

Love your take on garbage. You make it sound......pretty. :)

Maggie said...

Good write, Brian.

Hope you had a good weekend.

Cindybrown said...

The beauty God has given us , man seems determined to destroy..

Pauline said...

you have just earned my undying admiration

CM said...

Seriously dude, HOW do you do that!?! I mean, turn such simple things into poetry AND even include a "butt" in there!

Too funny about your son...I'm discovering what it's like to parent boys and how their minds work. Never a dull moment :-)

Lori said...

Two of our favorite things at our house...laying on a blanket looking at clouds and talking about the pictures they make for us...and picking up trash, where ever we go...I cannot go anywhere with the little's without them having to pick up trash...this past summer we had walked by the lake while visiting my sister and we came upon some trash that included a few beer bottles to which my little guy exclaimed, "What are people doing walking around drinking beer for?" And then, "At least they could have put their beer bottles in the recyling bin!" :)

Good post Brian...hope you've had a good Monday. :)

nance marie said...

your poem started all lovely and floating in the air with a blanket of clouds....then it kinda went down the toilet ;-)

The Retired One said...

Too funny Brian...I love your son more and more! haaa

Captain Dumbass said...

Kids, they tell it like it is.

blueviolet said...

Uh oh, someone's son is in the potty talk stage...

Laura said...

This just cracks me up (pun intended). I know very well how little boys say those kinds of things! Love this, Brian.

Stacy Uncorked said...

Oh, I love it! And Princess Nagger would have snickered and said "He said 'butt'!!" ;)

Deidra said...

Love your perspective on this. There are great messages here about how we treat our world, and how we find beauty here in spite of it all.

Tamarind~ said...

Whoa!! As you always do :)

Mona said...

If the blanket of cloud is butt then rain must be cloud piss and snow is cloud shit. Or perhaps cloud desentry? Then sleet would be its constipation?? ( Just carrying your imagination a bit further :D ; I am not that imaginative)

On a serious note. A beautiful lyric. To think that trash would greet one another...some humans must be worse than trash , what with their indifference!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Trash and litter drives me crazy. What is wrong with people. Sheesh.
jj

Teri said...

Kids say and see the darndest things don't they? I posted tonight about something Natalie saw. You'll see it tomorrow at 6 AM PST. Until then, happy "tales" to you.

Kaylen said...

Looking up to a butt in the sky..makes me want to stay inside!! :)

Zuzana said...

Once again you captured so beautifully an ordinary moment in time and made it unforgettable...
Have a great day dear Brian;)
xo

little hat said...

Loved the view from the toilet.And then the lovely shift of gear into the chip packet in the breeze. Thanks

Just Be Real said...

Oh wow, that is interesting.... love the imagination. Blessings.

Valerie said...

So I was right, there IS beauty in everything.

the walking man said...

From a preponderance of the evidence I would say you may not be at the bottom of the loo but you are in it because someone crapped on your lawn and pitched an empty bag of chips from somewhere.

Nessa said...

You pulled that out of the toilet there at the end. *giggle, giggle*

God like potty humor so we might be in trouble.

I do like the contrast in images and POV from the simple and child-like to the detailed and more mature observations.

Makes the whole piece quite philosophical. No seriously. I wouldn't shit you.

Lorraine said...

One sees what one sees....lucky for you I stopped the 66 comments lol

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Sad, that the earth becomes a toilet for us ...

happily it is still also our source of nutrients along with the sun, the clouds...

I hope we can appreciate it more and more.

Jill said...

Ya gotta call em like ya see em!

The trash rolling across your yard...why? I hate that.

adeeyoyo said...

Your imagination sometimes runs away with you - from clouds across the sky to being in the bottom of the loo, heehee... the wind always finds and tries to collect the loose garbage lying around, doesn't it?

Hilary said...

A butt in your sky? Bummer! ;) Your son is so like his Dad. Creative thinking abounds!

Sophia said...

Who knew that someone could make "trash" sound beautiful! haha Just teasing. Still, I love your perspective on everything your eyes see in your life...amazes me.

Titanium said...

Kids have a way of seeing things as they are... and helping us do the same.

tuberider said...

Very cool. I like the connections you made. Poetry can be found everywhere.

Syd said...

I wonder what motivates a person to litter--too lazy, too drunk, too not giving a damn. Soiling their own bed for sure.

Anonymous said...

the versatility of your imagination is too much brian.

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PattiKen said...

Kids look deep, past the expected to the delightful. That butt was there all along, but did you see it before he pointed it out? By adjusting your focus, your son enabled you to witness the morning exchange between the chip bag and the beer can.

What you still missed, though, was when she said to him, "Hey, Big Boy, thanks for last night."

Goofball said...

oooh I've never seen butt clouds yet. Hahaha I didn't sit at the bottom of the toilet yet I guess

Marla said...

Don't you love finding things in odd places like butts in clouds?

Life is good. :-)