Thursday, December 9, 2010

55 - back bumper soap box stone flinger

i saw the bumper sticker
on your car today

(freedom of speech)

& wonder when love
became a cat o' nine tails
striping the backs of those
deemed different, whose life
circumstances, not as
lily white, robbed them
of your grace

& i hope

your god has a special place
for bigots posing as zealots.



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

122 comments:

David Waters said...

OUCH! Wow, dude I like this side of you...powerful,straight to the point...brilliant!

cheers

Brian Miller said...

ha. went political yesterday, religeous today david...who knows...i'll be back to happy lyrical come monday...

Meeko Fabulous said...

I hate those bumper stickers. I don't like bumper stickers period.

deb said...

love the title as well!

Daniel said...

Righteous indignation baby! Love this one!

Bonnie said...

...applause...

G-Man said...

I knew you'd be early...
Feel free to rant all you want Son.
I Love soap box 55's!
Thanks for always playing so well Brian. Your support is very much appreciated.
Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Monkey Man said...

They are out there and it's is both unfortunate and scary. My 55 will be up at 8 PM your time.

CM said...

Ok, now I want to know what it said?!? Or did I miss that?

I'm a Christian, but I have to admit, I don't dare put a fish emblem on my rear bumper because my driving habits might be considered sacrilegious ;-)

Stranger said...

Amen! Brilliant, inspiring, blood warming 55, friend!

clean and crazy said...

thanks for this and can you believe they are going to protest Elizabeth Edwards funeral!! wtf?!?

sheila said...

Amen to that!

and I knew I could count on seeing your 55 up early, lol. Mine's here

Mighty M said...

Nobody is safe from your prose! I love it!! :)

Kate Hanley said...

Great job at pointing out the hypocrisy of some "religious folk" Well done.

Fragrant Liar said...

Yikes! I can only imagine what the bumper sticker said, but lord knows what makes bigots think advertising their stupidity is a good thing.

Boom Boom Larew said...

Some bumper stickers make me want to rear-end the car!

moondustwriter said...

ooo there are some sharp barbs on that one Bri

Way to go!!

moonie smiles

nance marie said...

bumper stumpers

Daniel Jay said...

These people often present with little-to-no pride and a less than average lifespan...

Besides - what self respecting person would put stickers on their car?

Myrna R. said...

Oooh. This was strong and I love it. Again you said so much in 55 words. Great.

Titanium said...

Whoa. You're timing is impeccable (as always). I had a car cut me off in traffic yesterday, the driver flipping me the bird and skittering on the ice as they drove off, revving the gas and displaying their religion loud and proud.

The sticker?

"1 cross + 3 nails = 4given".


I kid you not.

Titanium said...

Your. Not 'you're'. Ugh.

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Nicely done...powerful.

Teresa said...

Definitely shooting straight arrows this week! Very pointed message here!

Neva Flores said...

No honey laced with lies for you. Excellent poem!

Mama Zen said...

Amen!

tera said...

Amen. I'm not much for bumper stickers myself, but I do like some that I see, although mostly they just help point out the idiots in the crowd.

Funny thing...I got a new follower today, who does not have a blog (as far as I can tell) but I went to check out a random blog he follows. Awesome poetry. And I thought - "this reminds me of Brian Miller. I should tell him to come read this stuff. He would like this stuff. I'm going to leave a comment..." and there you were! Ha!

tera said...

Oh, yah...8 AM. In case you were wondering. ;)

sage said...

Powerful and when you said you saw it on "my car" I got real attentive.

lime said...

preach it, brother! well done!

Alice Audrey said...

Amen!

Betsy said...

so true!

Ocean Girl said...

I love funny bumper stickers.

budh.aaah said...

It scares, devoid of hope - telling the other one that futility lies in its hopefulness..

Marla said...

Whoa, Brian. Preach it brother.

Pastor Sharon said...

Well said! VERY WELL SAID!

gospelwriter said...

powerful words as always - loved "...wonder when love
became a cat o' nine tails
striping the backs of those
deemed different..." & message received.

ladyfi said...

Love it... And this is pure genius: bigots posing as zealots. Please spare us from these people!

Reggie said...

well done

Pseudo said...

Yeah, I love this. I've seen that bumper sticker and a dozen in the same vein. Spot on Brian.

Lori said...

Perfect. You are amazing with words. XX

Claudia said...

yeah fling the stones back - love this - and reminded me when jesus wrote in the dust that day - flinging back words that made them think, and stopped them from condemning this woman..great one!

Pat said...

Don't hold back - tell us how you really feel! (I'm with ya 100%)

KB said...

My sticker says bring back happy lyrical Brian, hehe.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Bravo!
jj

Susan Deborah said...

Smooth yet piercing. You do have a way with words.

Joy always,
Susan

Thom said...

I've missed this while I was away in November. Right to the point. Excellent my friend. Have a wonderful Friday :)

Baino said...

In my experience it's zealots posing as bigots and God has left the planet.

Valerie said...

I've never seen a bumber sticker and by the sound of it I don't want to.

Candie Bracci said...

Powerful,love this one!

MorningAJ said...

That's kind of what I've been saying this week - but MUCH better said!
Excellent 55.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Brian, this is most powerful!!!!!

[and I love your 55 happy's on the FF55 comments at Galen's]

Here's mine

Hope you can find time to visit.
Happy Friday
Happy weekend.

Austin said...

This was great Brian, and CM's comment - I could not agree more!

ninotaziz said...

It's Christmas soon, Brian. Cheer up. (Christmas is here for me already!)

But I agree - I hate Bs who pretend to be Zs. And zealots are pretty scary too.

Lorraine said...

Love this!

slommler said...

I too hate those bumper stickers!! Love this post!
Hugs
SueAnn

Gaston Studio said...

Wow, really powerful Brian! Don't hold anything back now, ya'hear!?

JStar said...

Tell it Brian!

Jill said...

Amen my friend! AMEN!

bigots posing as zealots --oh yeah...

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

oooohhhh good stuff!

the walking man said...

It all works out in both this plane and the next. I don't concern myself with fools.

TechnoBabe said...

Maybe we should design bumper stickers that tell it like this post does. Great job writing about the horrible hatred and bigotry strangling the unity in our country and in the world.

♥ Braja said...

I can deal with bigots. It's the zealots who are freakin' crazy ....

♥ Braja said...

ps: I hate bumper stickers.

♥ Braja said...

ps: I hate bumper stickers.

The Empress said...

I just had this talk with our 2 teenage sons this morning..how people can think their way is the only way and the right way.

Thanks for agreeing with me (-:

Stacy Uncorked said...

I always love your 55 - your talent knows no bounds! ;)

Cheryl said...

I feel the same way. MEAN PEOPLE SUCK. Wha?

izzy said...

Ohhh cat-o-nine-tails !
that is a zinger- Thanks.

5thsister said...

Excellent!!!!

Your brevity made the point loud and clear.

Syd said...

I don't like most bumper stickers, but saw a good one the other day that said, I'm already against the next war. Liked that.

Mom said...

deep - thought provoking, as usual - bluntly honest... will be looking at bumper stickers as I come for the boys today.

ModernMom said...

Powerful..
Doesn't it feel good to get it off your chest!

Anonymous said...

splendid and candid.

trisha
mydomainpvt.wordpress.com

annell said...

Brian That was a Wow! Very good piece!

TALON said...

Powerful 55, Brian.

The Bug said...

Ooh I like this a LOT. Wish I could fit it all on a bumper sticker.

natalee said...

Brav0!! This was powerful my friend... powerful!!!!

Scott said...

lol glad you got that out of your system :-) sometimes, things just need to be said!

Eric Alder said...

It's hard to believe that anyone ever believes killing other people is okay. It would seem the most basic and logical thing NOT to do!

Nice 55, Brian!

Nezzy said...

Ya'll always offer up a load of variety man!

Now don't hold back...just tell us how ya feel! Heeeehehe!

Have a blessed weekend man! :o)

Akelamalu said...

You always give a powerful message with your 55s. Love it!

Magpie said...

Love the title!! Amen was the first word that popped to mind.

Janice said...

Yes, yes, yes! I cannot tell you how many times I had had these same thoughts (not as eloquently presented as yours are) when reading someone's bumper sticker.

hedgewitch said...

I was browsing a site that puts slogans on t-shirts and mugs the other day and had to leave I got so physically ill from the sheer sarcasm and hate. Excellent 55 and excellent message.

Mine's Here

RNSANE said...

Freedom of speech sometimes irritates the hell out of me.

tulpen said...

Perfectly said.

LauraX said...

LOVE.

That would be a good bumper sticker don't you think?

Sophia said...

Oww! Straight to the point and LOVE that about you. :)

Belinda said...

Bigots posing as zealots -- great line. And yes, even they are welcome at the proverbial table.

secret agent woman said...

My belief is that there is no special place after death for anyone, bigoted or otherwise. But the driver's un-loving attitude goes along with misery, one way or another, in this life.

Lulda Casadaga said...

Powerful Brother! :) Have a bumper sticker free weekend!!

Life with Kaishon said...

It makes me sad.

Eaton Bennett said...

I particularly like this piece Brian! Somewhere along the way we lose the foundation meaning of the word Grace. Thanks for the visit. :))

only a movie said...

Amen

quilly said...

Love has always had barbs. Mankind has always had "us" and "them". I long for the day when your words, though beautifully expressed, are no longer true.

Vicki Lane said...

Could you be thinking about those 'God Hates Fags' lunatics?

Linda said...

This is a great one Brian. It is right on.

Zuzana said...

Loved this, so powerful in only a few lines... I particularly liked the last two.;))
Have a great Saturday dear Brian,
xoxo

Colleen said...

This is brilliant! I am actually a bit in awe...incredibly powerful and hugely thought provoking. I WISH I could be this precise with words!

Please let me know when you put out a poetry book...

I'll buy. :)

Barbara said...

Wouldn't put a bumper sticker on my car for ANYTHING. But I sit behind them at a light and long to scrape them off.

Jannie Funster said...

Sometimes when I'm behind a relaly great bumper sticker I wish I had a camera mounted and ready to capture it, would make a fun series of posts. Jim, hubby, can you get that camera set up,, please!? :)

AWESOME (as always!)

xo

Teri said...

I write down the bumper stickers I see that catch my attention. This one, this post, made me think of some people I know. Some of them profess to be Christians yet do not help people in their own family. I often think of that bumper sticker I saw once: What would Jesus do? I'm sure he would have helped the down-trodden, the sick, the prostitutes, the alcoholics, the poor, and on and on. People seem to forget who he REALLY was. Wasn't he born to an unmarried woman??? Oh the stigma attached!!!

Tina said...

Powerful punch in that one! Well said.

Caty said...

Great one, Brian. I read about a baptist church out west that plans to picket Elizabeth Edwards funeral for a few hours before it starts because they claim God hates her and she's condemned to Hell. Their ignorance makes me angry...

Brian Miller said...

if anyone is looking for me this weekend...you wont find me here...meant to put a post up and have only a few minutes now...but i am out of town...one thing i am excited about is i will be at the richmond poetry slam tonight...so wish me luck. smiles.

Raven said...

Oh, oh, oh, there are not words to convey just how much you're hit the nail on the head. I love it!

Raven said...

Oops, I meant 'you've' not 'you're.'

Dulce said...

You have a well furnished brain man!
:)

Birdie said...

what a great post Brian! sorry for not keeping up with all your beautiful posts lately... it has been a bit 'hectic' around here (I wish the reason would be just decorating for Christmas but it's not) hope you have a wonderful w-e!

Goofball said...

good that you dare to speak up

william said...

very well said mate, happy weekend :)

Just Be Real said...

Powerful and to the point. Well spoken. Blessings.

kaykuala said...

Bumper stickers, seen them. Sets one thinking. Great, Brian!

Mmm said...

Oh gosh, Brian, if anyone knows about this, I sooo do. Great words here.

Love this bit:

"whose life
circumstances, not as
lily white, robbed them
of your grace"

California Girl said...

this is well written Brian. w/o ruining the intent, will you elaborate on why a bumper sticker reading "freedom of speech" is akin to bigotry? it seems just the opposite.

Paul C said...

Bigots, zealots,...hypocrites...

Liza said...

what a title!
great piece Brian.

Kavita said...

Whoa!! Blunt and dark! Sarcastic and thought provoking! All criteria for me liking a post are fulfilled here!!

I HATE those hypocritical sticker people! They make me cringe...

PattiKen said...

Amen to that. I'm reminded of the song by Lennon, and I try to Imagine.

Otter Thomas said...

One of my favorites. As a Christian I am constantly mortified by the things other people do or say in God's name. It makes it a tough fight for the rest of us. Great title too.

Merry Christmas.

Mmm said...

Just re-reading this again reminded me of a bumper I saw recently with two stickers: one that was on living in peace but right net to it, another that said something like "my dog is smarter than your honour student" Yeah, great start there! Oh dear me.