Thursday, December 23, 2010

55 - lighting up

christmas lights,
fallen fireworks
still burning on the shores
of these roads our cars row

why is it we choose
to light the night only
one season a year?

perhaps they would be less special,
not as bright, forgotten as
we drove along on our way
to wherever

i have seen it
with other things

complacency.

Tell a story in 55 words, then go tell g-man. Yes, I know I am early, it does not open until 8 pm EST...I am on holiday time, forgive me....smiles.

86 comments:

kaleidoscope said...

spot on dude...spot on:)

Miss Nikki said...

I find it hard to believe I could ever ignore beautiful lights and be... complacent about them. Imagine them on a parade of boats! Mind boggling, just like your words.

Thanks Brian, have a magical time with your family!

Brian Miller said...

i really am not bah hum bug...perhaps i should not be so serious...its great that everyone gets out and helps others this time of year, raises money, rings bells etc...just wonder where they aill be come february...or maybe january...no really happy holidays...hehe...hoho

Hilary said...

That's exactly why. Each season and event has what makes it special amid all of the mundane.

rosaria said...

It's a good thing, even for one night.

Pastor Sharon said...

good point. . . and what happens the other eleven months of the year?

Daniel said...

I love the notion of Christmas lights as fallen or captured fireworks. Good visual. But I get your point with this post, why do we have to pack everything in a box and constrain it on a calendar page when it is needed throughout the year?

Titanium said...

I dunno... pretty serious myself, these days. There're a lot of folks hurting pretty bad this time of year and quietly giving back and lighting up the darkest months of winter makes a difference long after the discarded wrapping paper and broken ornaments are clogging the landfills nationwide.

Sustainable giving, mindfulness and active participation in the lives of others year-round is the best gift of all. Hats off to you for modeling this, for being an advocate for those who have no voice.

Best wishes to you and your family, this week and the other 51 weeks a year.

-Ti

pink dogwood said...

My daughter was looking at our christmas tree and asking me why we can't leave it up all year because it is so pretty. And both of my dogs love sleeping on the velvet skirt underneath - so they are probably thinking the same thing :)

Baino said...

Nah my lights are up all year round. Only the Christmas tree is temporary. Shine a light Brian!

Eva Gallant said...

I'm not sure that Christmas lights would be well-received in June, July and August!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Different lights, different sources. My favorite lights are in the summer when the source is the light in the eyes of my grandchildren .......

Fireblossom said...

Here in Michigan in midsummer, it doesn't even get dark until shortly after ten. Lights then would be sorta useless. (I hate daylight savings time. But I love the long evenings now!)

ladyfi said...

Complacency is not carrying the spirit of Christmas and putting it into action every year...

Have a joyful Christmas!

PattiKen said...

I once left my Christmas tree up so long, I had to dust it. I told people it was a new feature of my home decor.

That shows I'm not complacent, right? ;-)

Claudia said...

good question - but with or without christmas lights - think lots of good work is going on throughout the year, maybe less spotlighted..

..and i like the fallen fireworks

Goofball said...

what is scarce is more value.... base law of economics


or maybe we simply long much more for solidarity, other people, lights...in these long dark days

Tina said...

Loved the visual punch of this. "Let your light shine among men". After all, we're celebrating the birth of the King, the Light of the world :-)

drybottomgirl said...

Like Ebenezer Scrooge we need to "carry the spirit of Christmas in our hearts all year long". Hard to do on a day to day basis but I love the cheer, the extra smiles and greeting people are shouting to each other this time of year! It may not be as special if it happened all the time....

Candie Bracci said...

Exactly!Nice one :)

AmyLK said...

I have Christmas lights up all year round. They are so pretty! Have a wonderful holiday!

izzy said...

We have to try and give all year- that would be a different kind of light...
but there are many anyhow, thanks for posting- Merry Christmas!

Mama Zen said...

I think you're right.

5thsister said...

Complacency...perfect ending and so very true.

Monkey Man said...

Can you imagine the hassle of chang out burned out lights all year round??? Great 55. Merry Christmas to you, too.

mama-face said...

when I was little I had the notion that the red and green stoplights had something to do with Christmas. I try to keep that in mind.

Merry Christmas, Brian. :)

Vicki Lane said...

We do need to keep the joy and the generosity of spirit all year long -- I'm fine with saving the lights and glitter for the darkest season.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hi Brian

Wishing you and family a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New year.

Really must get Oz on track again ~ Eddie

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Great visual. I love my Christmas lights, but are also glad when they come down...New Year, new beginnings.

Hope said...

perhaps...during the rest of the year we are suppose to work on making our own light within us glow. :)

great write!

moondustwriter said...

Lost in the night shuffle???

i like it when things remain special - that child like wonder of a child

enjoy that in your kiddos amigo

moonie

Betsy said...

I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas! I'm so glad you are my bloggy friend! Enjoy the time with T, L and C (TLC? haha).

~Betsy
xxoo

Teresa said...

What a great, thought-provoking 55. We get to enjoy the special things with each holiday, season, or even our every day.

Everyday Goddess said...

we have to find the magic in every day and night i believe. it's there. waiting patiently to be found.

g-man said...

Son....
You said a mouthful!
Loved your Kick Ass 55...
You, T, The Chile's have a Wonderful Christmas...Galen

Heather said...

the lights add to the magic at this special time of year, brings back childood memories and traditions for me..
yes, I agree, wish it could be this way throughout the year - xxoo

Suz said...

nice post, but I know you keep the lights burning all year round..

Captain Dumbass said...

Round these parts we have a very large Indo-Canadian community (East, not Native) and they put their lights up at Dhwali in October and leave them up for Xmas.

Tracy said...

Merry Chrismas, Brian. And Happy New Year!

Teri said...

Thinking of lights: the resort we go to in the summer has great woodsy cabins and in the evening, the people that own these cabins light them up with Christmas lights. It is always so special to see the colored lights in mid-July and August. It makes an ordinary night a special night. And I think also of weddings that have wonderful lights in the evening. We need to remember to let our lights shine all year long. There is a find line between living and "living". I know you know what I mean. Have a wonderful time with your children Brian. The innocence of a child is what it is all about.

Someone Is Special said...

Nice 55 brian.. I am glad to find you people in the my travel of few miles..

Here is my 55.. dear santa

Wish you all Merry Christmas

--Someone is Special--

KB said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family x

Joanna Jenkins said...

That's a good question-- Why don't we have lights and good cheer all year long? Nice job with this one, Brian.

Thanks for a fabulous year of writing and sketching. You know I'm a huge fan boarding on groupie status so I thank you a million times for sharing your writing with us.

Wishing you, T and the boys a wonderful Christmas.

Cheers, jj

tattytiara said...

'Course up here the sun barely goes down in the summer, so that'd be us out for christmas lights in july!

ds said...

Complacency...the bane of all existence (and something you will never have to worry about). A very merry Christmas to you and your family, Brian. Hope you are on "holiday time" for a good while!

Zuzana said...

Beautiful as always and so from the heart...
Dear Brian, I would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and thank you for all your kinds words and visits this past year.
Happy 2011,
much love
Zuzana

Just Be Real said...

♥♥♥I love this Brian. One thing I do like about Christmas now is seeing the different color lights. I cannot handle just the plain white ones. I was brought up on the different colored ones. Blessings to you and your family at this time of year.♥♥♥

Sumit Sarkar said...

Beautiful words and the poem is splendid...
"why is it we choose
to light the night only
one season a year?"

I like this question..
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance... :)

Thom said...

Bingo!!! You hit the nail on the head. Excellent. I want to wish you and your family Mele Kalikimaka and a great 2011 :) Aloha!

Susan Deborah said...

Food for thought, here. Any food is welcome, always.

Happy days to you.

Joy always,
Susan

Valerie said...

Maybe the lights go out after Christmas but the good causes go on throughout the year. Happy Christmas, Brian.

Lorraine said...

well said and unfrtunately true...have a wonderful Christmas Brian x

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

A heartfelt merry christmas to you and yours, Brian.

Alan Burnett said...

To Brian and Family : A very Happy Christmas to one of the most creative bloggers around. Thanks for all the wonderful posts during 2010, looking forward to many more during 2011.
Alan

Liza said...

We need to turn the lights on inside of each of us.

Happy christmastime to you and yours Brian.

magiceye said...

so true

merry christmas!!

Dot-Com said...

Hope you and your family have a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I have seen it in areas of my life and of the world.

Here's to looking at the new year with a new fresh eye and enthusiasm for the beautiful things of the world that would otherwise have been ignored in complacency!

deb said...

I know Brian.

it's about the hope , again and again.

TechnoBabe said...

Whatever it is and for however long it lasts, lights spark the insides of people and remind all of us to live in joy. Nice writing, Brian. Hope you and your family are enjoying the holiday together.

sage said...

But we light the night when it's the longest... Nice poem, I also get cynical this time of year

Cheryl said...

Well said.

Happy holidays to you and your beautiful family.

LauraX said...

filled with wisdom as always Brian. Bright blessings to you and your beloveds!

Deidra said...

Reminds me of your 4th of July post. Maybe because of the fireworks?

Merry Christmas, Brian!

Boom Boom Larew said...

Here's to lighting it up the rest of the year... wishing you joy and prosperity and good deeds throughout the year.

MorningAJ said...

Sometimes the night is beautiful by itself. But this time of year I need lights!
Have a happy and bright Christmas!

Dulce said...

i also wonder why... that's why i light the houe although in a different fashion all through the year... i mean i love lighting up those candles to celebrate... whatever...

merry xMAS MY SO DEAR bRIAN!

Mighty M said...

Yes, we should try to figure out a way to carry the December warm and fuzzies over to the rest of the year.

Merry Christmas. :)

Sophia said...

Hey...dragging myself off the sofa here to catch up on a few blogs, then back to bed. This flu (or whatever it is), is really kicking my butt. Ugh.

Anyway, short but so to the point. I'm with you and most everyone else on here. Why is it that most people only care one time of year and even at that...anymore...it seems we have to bend arms backwards just to get help. Don't get me wrong, I understand times are harder but gosh...if we can buy a coffee/soda once or twice a day, how much is that in one month that could help someone else?!? Just saying...might be intoxicated on meds right now. Ha! ;)

Maggie May said...

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Kay said...

haha...

understatement of the year! :)

"I have seen it with other things"

many, many times over.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and yours!

Bernie said...

You might be a redneck....lol
Popped in to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas filled with love, health and happiness...:-)Hugs

Anonymous said...

very good question.

trisha
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Raven said...

So true. People get complacent and nothing moves them anymore.

Paul C said...

It's interesting to think about all the areas where we can be complacent.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Have a wonderful Christmas, Brian. Looking forward to more of your in55words in the new year.

CJ xx

Leah said...

I don't think you're bah humbug, just thoughtful.

Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

CM said...

I've thought the same thing. Maybe it's just not so visible at other times of the year.

Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas!

The Retired One said...

Well said, my good friend!

June_Butterfly said...

See your point.Make me wish everyday is Christmas!

Thanks for your words of wisdom.You have been one of my Santas this year!Thanks for all the support and friendship.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE BEST OF THE COMING YEAR!!*smiles*(got this one from you)

The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street said...

Have a Cherry, Cherry Christmas and Blessed New Year to you and yours!

(I know, I know...haven't been around!....)

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
This post is so very true this Christmas Eve...I would think so...Think so what?
complacency.
(Very nice use Of 55 words...This Snowy Christmas Evening.)

Brian, ~Happy Holiday Season~
to you, your family, your friends and most definitely, to your readers and commenter.

DeeDee ;-D

Candie Bracci said...

Merry Christmas Brian,to you and all your family!

annell said...

So true, Brian. Merry, Merry!

Syd said...

I wish we could keep things lit up every day in winter.

Magpie said...

I think some of the specialness would be lost, but I love to light my summer garden with party lights.