Sunday, December 26, 2010

160 + 160/Sunday Sketch - Great Expectations



amid discarded balls
of brightly colored
wrapping paper,
lies
expectations
of what holidays
could or should
have been---

gathering the refuse,
we carry it
to the fire

& watch ashes rise,
butterflies
fluttering...
fluttering...

walking away,
when the remainders
refuse to even smolder.

What can you say in 160 characters? (spaces included) go see Monkey Man...and ok, so i took twice as many characters...its a 320...smiles. And for my friends at Sunday Sketches, a watercolor...

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

70 comments:

the walking man said...

I never had to walk away from remains that refused to smolder seeing as I generated nothing to burn.

tony said...

Brian.If It's Not on Fire then no need to move too fast or Quickly!
I Hope You + Yours had a Fine ChristmaS.

sage said...

You catch the drift of the day... A fireplace in the living room means that the burnable wrapping paper gets used to light the logs.

Shadow said...

expectations to wrapping paper balls, very apt. i hope your christmas was a great one, brian!

Fireblossom said...

"expectations are the death of serenity"

izzy said...

Hopes are like butterfly's sometimes!
We had a good day, hope was afoot,
running around our living room in
slipperfoot pajamas...

TechnoBabe said...

No coulda, woulda, shoulda for me. I hope you and your family enjoyed your Christmas together and that this coming year bring you all much happiness and good health.

Lorraine said...

Beautiful Brian, a relief from
the fire, love your stuff (stuff is my favourite word) ;)

Jerry said...

With all that are in our house I burn a hole in the ozone every Christmas afternoon...guilty. I share your sentiments. Thanks.

Me said...

To steal a few lines from Greg Lake:
"I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave New Year"

Be well,
-C

... Paige said...

well done,

If I could, write of 160 characters my work would overflow with their rabid ramblings. Then I should have to kill the darlings, sadly I am not into mass murder.

Neva Flores said...

pleasant memories still...........

Cheryl said...

I had to enlarge that watercolor to check out those butterflies. It works so well with your 320.

FB helped me realize why this holiday season has been so incredibly peaceful: no great expectations of myself or others.

Just Be Real said...

Memories, only of the past.

Claudia said...

good 320.. think it would make a huge fire if we would collect all the shattered expectations, lying now under the world's christmas trees right now..
the watercolor is one of my favorites of yours so far

Betsy said...

Nice. Sometimes the next day is more relaxing....which we are enjoying right now. Merry day after to you! :)

kaleidoscope said...

it's hard to do, but sometimes having no expectations is best...then we can feel sad when it doesn't go the way we planed...

I love the images you conjure with your words dude, brilliant as always.

cheers

Eva Gallant said...

Christmas, gone up in smoke.

Daniel said...

We have a similar starting kernel in our posts today. We then went in different directions. Loved the accompanying artwork. Really captured the feelings and mood here. Blessings to you.

annell said...

I think this was the best for me. We lowered expectations quiet a bit. And it was good!

Hilary said...

What lovely images.. the drawing and those captured with your words.

LauraX said...

"I watch the ashes rise butterflies..." beautiful imagery Brian...perhaps the best way to accept disappointment is to do just this...watch it rise, transform and flutter away.

Boom Boom Larew said...

Here's to you, Brian... I hope this holiday season meets all your expectations!

Bossy Betty said...

Love this--both the artwork and the writing. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

David Allen Waters said...

I love the image of the burning paper turning to butterflies...brilliant

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

perfect!
dana

Monkey Man said...

Beautifuly done. Thanks for playing along with the Sunday 160 and hope your Christmas was as fantastic as your post.

nance marie said...

like like like

Tom said...

nice watercolor..looks a little Tolkeinish in style

Raven said...

Oh the dangers of wishing things were different than they are. It brings nothing but disappointment. Another great poem! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Marlene said...

We had no expectations other than to have a pleasant time with family and our expectations were fulfilled. Hope your holiday was a pleasant one. Your drawing fits your words so perfectly.

Christine said...

what an interesting interpretation of the holidays and a lovely poem.

Goofball said...

does this post carry a feeling of disappointment?


I hope your holidays do live up to their expectations

Tina said...

All the 160s I've read are on this theme...wonder why... ;-)
Nicely done. I continue to enjoy your combined Sunday work.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Ah it's all out in the open now, the paper guarding secrets now become the veil torn for reality :)

gospelwriter said...

well said - great expectations have been the ruin of many a good thing, I think :)

Helen said...

Happy Holidays, Brian ... to you and your loved ones.
I so enjoy your writing .....

Kim A. said...

We have a fireplace that is the reason I wanted to buy the house many years ago. I have used it to burn many things away. I like how you put it today. Have an awesome New Year, dear friend.

♥namaste♥

Baino said...

Hope yours was good too Brian. Fire ban here so the wrappers were scrunched and put in the recycle bin.

Sophia said...

It's not easy to walk away from a fire that refuses to burn out, but from my past experience, doing so only makes us grow stronger inside. Why? Because that's when we finally realize that we cannot change the situation or the other people involved, but only ourselves...just saying...Happy Christmas, regardless.

WrightStuff said...

You have me deep in thought and contemplation from your words... which is surely your intent. Success!

Dulce said...

It all vanishes too fast after all the expectations...

Mmm said...

Very intersting post that, Brian. Hope you had a lovely xmas day, and are enjoying a beautiful Boxing Day.

Julia Christie said...

Interesting prose - definitely thought provoking...and that is the point yes?

Smiles

Joanie M said...

Sounds like you had an enjoyable Christmas! Me too! (without the fireplace)

Arts web show said...

I didn't kniw you sketched.
I like it, moody and very expressive.
Cool write up too.
Enjoyed that

Vicki Lane said...

Christmas is best for me when I abandon expectations and stay open to what befalls.

Life with Kaishon said...

Exceptional.
As per usual.
Or as per always : )
Hope your Christmas was amazing as well! Love, Becky

Jehanne said...

a very practical poem :) I really like the first part - bitter sweet.
Hope you and yours had a good Christmas and have a great New year.

Pseudo said...

When our expectations are set adrift, whatever it is, it is...

hope yours was wonderful

Valerie said...

Butterflies rising from the fire... lovely image. We don't burn our wrappings now that recycling has come into fashion.

slommler said...

Burning ones Christmas debris...I remember those days!! Here in NM, burning is a big no no! Too dry and serious forest fires would erupt! So no burning allowed.
So here we have to bag up our "trash" and take it to the landfill. Interesting, huh? When you think of your words. For here it all remains just barely out of sight!
Hugs and Happy New Year
SueAnn

kaykuala said...

Expectations may be too much to expect sometimes. Hope you had a good Christmas, Brian!

sheila said...

No expectations here. lol. I've learned after a couple decades that to expect is silly. It always turns out differently. I really liked this 160, very nice! And I think I'll start a fire early this morning.

Sh@s said...

Beautiful :)

Jill said...

Merry Christmas MOST CERTAINLY...hope you did too.

dopey said...
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dopey said...

Sometimes we don't realize the value of things we walk away from until we have, because we are temporarily blinded from false security...things may refuse to burn out because they are the most beautiful and vibrant things in our life. It doesn't always make us stronger, it can destroy us because they are part of our being...just saying~ Miss you all, Happy Holidays

AmyLK said...

So lovely! Even trash is pretty in your words. :). Hope your holiday was a good one!

Liza said...

I am stunned by Fireblossom's comment,
I couldn't agree more,
yet I get all wrapped up in them
at times.

Heather said...

happy sunday...on Monday. ha ha. This is a great one Brian, you are right, so much expectation, for one day...a lot of people get burned by over zealous expectations, i keep mine to a minimum....works better that way! hope yo uand your family enjoyed the christmas holiday! xxoo

ShaylaF said...

This is a very powerful drawing. It caught my eye from far away.

Pat said...

Drawing & poem = excellence!

Syd said...

It was a great Christmas. I am glad that yours was good and the warmth smoldered on.

Anonymous said...

reminded me of childhood days, gathering all inflammable waste and watching the golden flames lick them to dust. :)

trisha
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Candie Bracci said...

Nice love the drawing too!Hope you had a nice Christmas too :)

Magpie said...

Sometimes I think the wrapping is such a waste and has become too much of a focus as have the gifts. I want an older, simpler holiday where love and God's gift is the focus.

Kat Mortensen said...

Hi Brian. I like your artistic endeavours! Nice image of the butterflies of burning paper. The 160 suits this piece well too.

Kat

Zuzana said...

You art is just like your writing, endlessly poetic...;)
xoxo

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