Wednesday, December 29, 2010

yo. yo. man.

yo. yo. man.

we travel up
& down
cats cradle
(rock the baby)
walking the dog until
we have traveled
around the world
back again &
ready we
shoot the moon.


it's so far
so far
far

(jerk. jerk.)


up & down again
at the whim
of the finger
tied at the other end
of this umbilical
then slip
trick missed
left spinning
dangling haphazard
slow hanging

yo. yo. man.

wind me up
again

yo. yo. man.

don't leave me
undone

i watch the old man, beard blending yellow, wrap the string with care through the middle, just enough tension to keep it stable, but allow it room to play. his crease wizened eyes twinkle as he sends the cosmos spinning once again, letting it roll off the end of his finger. we travel up & down...

yo. yo. man.

72 comments:

David Allen Waters said...

what great visuals you weave my friend, I can see him, sitting...brilliant

clean and crazy said...

i love yo-yos, wonderful description.

Magpie said...

Your vision of this world and your ability to describe it to us, are wonderful!

booguloo said...

That's my bi Nick Name! ..smiles..

Bonnie said...

...flows like warm butter off of a knife, Brian... and the wisdom ... WOW!

Monkey Man said...

That yoyo spinning ball of mud speeding through the universe at 26,000 mph. Is the bearded man really in control???

Rebecca S. said...

I like this poem a lot. I remember spending hours flicking my yo-yo and feeling the pull back. Mesmerizing.

Everyday Goddess said...

excellent! can't do that with a fushigi.

Friko said...

This sounds to me like a very uncomfortable life to lead, up and down, at the whim of a finger.

Could I please opt out of this one?

Jannie Funster said...

I never did catch onto to yo-yo-ing (except for diets in college,) but soemthing tells me you are as expert at it as your fine poem indicates. Pretty cool!

xo

Suz said...

a slice of life captured
I love your description yellow beard
I can picture it

TechnoBabe said...

Watching someone proficient with the yo yo is fascinating, isn't it? I always tried but did not spend much time with it.

Pastor Sharon said...

Oh my gosh! I remember my son going through soooo many yo-yo's. He was a collector.

He had those tricks down to an art. It was fun and entertaining to watch.

Cinner said...

Oh how I have missed your writings. so glad to be back. I love this, how your yo yo man describes lifes cycles. very inspiring. smiles. All the best in the New Year Brian, health and happiness to you and yours. c

Travel & Dive Girl said...

"Don't leave me hanging"...brilliant!

Reggie said...

I like the way you bring visuals into...unique descriptions.

Lori said...

Yoyo's are fun! Never was very good at it but it sure was fun...it really is entertaining to watch people that are good at it though...you described this fun so well!

Pat said...

I wish I could do all those tricks you described!

Fireblossom said...

I never got it about yo yo's. Or firecrackers. Must be boy things. But I enjoyed your poem. :-)

Leah said...

Really great yoyo rhythm here, Brian!

Eva Gallant said...

Great portrait of the yoyo man.

KB said...

Yo yo did a great job.

PattiKen said...

Yo. Yo, man, you spun me round and up and down with this one. Yo. ;-)

Kathy's Klothesline said...

you are the word master!

Susan Deborah said...

Reading comments on your posts are excellent. After all that reading I find that I have nothing more to say as everyone seems to steal my thoughts.

Yo Yo!

Joy always,
Susan

budh.aaah said...

Oh please do come
dont leave me undone..
Beautiful and vivid as usual Brian. Making the mundane special.

Fragrant Liar said...

Nice! I was always such a poseur when it came to the Yoyo, and fascinated at people who can make the dog walk and all those other fancy schmancy tricks.

liv2write2day said...

What a great picture...who would have thought of writing this? You!
A good example of poets see things that others wouldn't notice.

Pauline said...

uh huh I know that feeling!

"Wind me up again - don't leave me undone."

You're brilliant!

Finding Words said...

Yo.Yo. Man. I've traveled round the world and climbed Jacob's ladder :). Cats in the cradle, that too.

Sumit Sarkar said...

yo yo...it was a fantastic read man... :)

Miss Nikki said...

so... have I ever told you I uhm well kinda like uhm well... love the stuff you uhm like write man. Yo. Just like that. Around the world ya know? ツ

Claudia said...

oh nice! haven't seen one for years but we used to spent hours, trying to "shoot the moon" - my fingers start to itch, reading this - maybe i should buy one again..

Mrsupole said...

It is funny how quickly you learn that one of the most important things about using a Yo-Yo is winding the string properly. It is almost like riding a bike, once you learn, you never seem to forget.

One can live life tightly wound, like a jackass, or loosen up and live life to where you are always able to bounce back from what life throws at you.

Good, bad, as long as you try to play with a Yo-Yo, you will find it is fun. Love is like that.

God bless.

Valerie said...

Marvellous!

Sam!! said...

Beautiful!!

Take care

kaykuala said...

A yo yo Man, somewhat a play of life's ups and downs. You captured it very well, Brian!

the walking man said...

Yo Yo Mah, man.

Lorraine said...

this This is Excellent, you have such a way Brian

annell said...

Great post! You are such a guy!

JStar said...

This was fun...I FELT your descriptive words

Anonymous said...

good one brian! loved it.

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izzy said...

I have not thought about yo-yo's in a while! what a nice scene you create
especially the end-a true song. Thanks!

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

YEAH! The yo yo! I guess stocking hung by the chimney with care aren't as likely to hold one of those anymore.

I sure did love mine.

Gotta ask the students who work for me if they know what a yo yo is.

There are many things now that they give me blank looks about.

Rich Grasso said...

This sounds a bit self reflective, lol.

Daniel said...

Dang, you have a knack for observing the everyday and then capturing it to teach us about ourselves. Nice piece.

ladyfi said...

Love it. You're never too old for yo-yoing!

Colleen said...

This is really beautiful and as always in your writing, I feel there is a real depth to your thoughts. You could take the words at face value and they would still be amazing or you could read the underlying emotion in them which stuns me.
You are a wonderful writer.

Vicki Lane said...

This is great!

I once saw a kid's drawing -- full of soldiers and tanks and planes all shooting bombs and bullets and from a cloud a giant yo yo was descending. There was an arrow pointing to it -- God's yo yo, the label read.

Your poem would be petfect with that drawing.

Amy said...

Fun post Brian! Yo-yo's were so fun when we were kids. . .well, right up until you get nailed in the head trying to go "around the world".

Myrna R. said...

This created interesting images for me. What imagination you have.
And yes the yo-yo keeps spinning.

Liza said...

We bought one of our nephews a
yoyo a couple of years ago. I think I was more excited about it than anyone.
I am the yoyo.
This is taking me to deep places,
man.
: )

slommler said...

Love the images that played in my head as I read this!! Happy New Year Brian!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Mama Zen said...

This is very cool!

Raven said...

Such vivid descriptions and an all around delightful piece. I never had much luck with yo yo's myself, but I always liked to watch people that could do all the tricks.

Captain Dumbass said...

Never had the hands for a yo-yo, but I appreciate those who do.

Tina said...

I can always count on you writing at least two levels of meaning with your magic words! AWESOME metaphor you've got here. I lost my string this year...but I'm starting to look for it ;-)

drybottomgirl said...

My middle brother and I had Duncan yo-yos in the early 1970's. He was very talented with his, and I spent a great deal of time trying not to knock myself in the face with mine. It was fun, and this write brought back lots of memories.....smiles

Suz said...

now I remember who you remind me of-
Kerouac

tera said...

Cool. I bought my niece and nephews yo-yo's for Christmas. The littlest dragged his around like a pull toy. The adults had more fun trying to show they still had some cool tricks up their sleeves! :)

TALON said...

Neat, Brian. We used to love our yo-yos as kids. Funny enough, my oldest son got one in his Christmas cracker this year. What a blast we had trying to 'walk the dog' :)

ed pilolla said...

god. that's cool.

Pseudo said...

I remember when my son was really into yo yos. Fun and spinny.

CM said...

So cool!

I could never figure out how to do that. I think it might just be a boy/guy thing.

ds said...

It is mesmerizing to watch someone who is so adept with such a simple toy. But I must confess, a "real" yo-yo was not what I was thinking about as I read this...

Great stuff!

tori said...

for some reason i see this as a rap song. maybe all the singing i'm doing lately. :0)

brokenpenwriter said...

WOW!! You've not only got visuals of action here, but tempo that pulls the reader along like a magician or yo-yo man draws audience attention. This is brilliant. Love it!!

natalee said...

Happy New Year Brian

Shewriting said...

great one...I didn't figure it out until the end and then had to go back and reread it...very fun and whimsical.

Syd said...

I like a yo yo. Used to be able to do all kinds of tricks with it. We are yo yos too. I am doing less wild swinging now and am more in synch.

nsiyer said...

Graet thoughts. I am bowled over.

Happy New Year, Brian.

Marla said...

Great one. Reminded me of life.