Thursday, February 24, 2011

55 - itsy bitsy spiders in my head

i hem my garments
with gossamer strands
of memory, so i can
wear my history

each moment plucked
specially from webs
in the corners of my head

history is historical
but only if you remember
it, just don't let it
snarl/snare you

the spider's bite is venomous

the spider's bite
is
venomous

walk on.

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

102 comments:

Monkey Man said...

So true...let history go and don't let it ensnare you and suck the life out of you. Great 55.

joanny said...

Well said, wise words in this poem. It sort of reminds me of another great mind Thoreau said

"no mean hours, but be grateful for every hour, and accept what it brings. The reality will make any sincere record respectable."

A sincere well written 55,
On still on Thursday..yikes,

joanny

Hilary said...

Wise advice.. expressed so beautifully.

Daniel said...

I wrote a post recently about memories, like footprints in the sand, show us where we have been and how far we have come. Love your thoughts on this topic.

Titanium said...

Very true, Brian. 55 words to drive a solid point home... you nailed it with this one.

Teresa said...

This is great! There's so much truth in this poem.

CM said...

Good advice. Yet so poetic, love it! "Gossamer"...I have to figure out how to do a post that includes that word!

dustus said...

"gossamer strands
of memory"

Great 55, and good advice too! Beware of venomous spiders in all forms.

The Retired One said...

Well weaved 55!! Bravo!

Magpie said...

Love what "so I can wear my history" says to me. A lot packed into 55 words.

emmettwheatfall.com said...
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emmettwheatfall.com said...

Would make for good spoken word. The cadence is really smooth and the pauses feel natural. A very nice poem.

Terrace Crawford said...

I hate spiders.

But I like your poem.

//TC//

G-Man said...

I've always said History is the best teacher. Only you said it much more eloquently.
You nailed another one Son...
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

hedgewitch said...

Nice one, brian. Lots of webs and snares tying the past to the present so the lesson is learned. Avoid the spider bite but use the gossamer.

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

Our history can indeed ensare us like a web...but it can also give us the perspective we need to grow.

Like your poem a lot, Brian. It's amazing what can be said with 55 words.

Life with Kaishon said...

So, so good.
As always.
Hurrying off before I get bitten!

Mama Zen said...

I like this. It's almost hypnotic.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Brian,

This is a master piece.Beautiful thoughts,carefully selected words,creates a lovely image beyond compare. I am astounded at your creativity.
Joseph

Cloudia said...

Walk on, Bro!





Aloha from Honolulu,


Comfort Spiral

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Marla said...

I love the visual of this.

Joybird said...

Poohsticks, let it flow but don't hang onto tiny sticks thinking they are life preservers.

Janna said...

"I hem my garments with gossamer strands of memory, so I can wear my history."

Wow.
Very, very thought provoking.
I really love that.

Thanks for another Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

Alice Audrey said...

"My head" has become a scary place indeed.

King of New York Hacks said...

Well received Brian, especially during these current times with lots of snakes and spiders...love the "Gossamer", I've only used that word to refer to the orange hairy monster from Bugs Bunny LOL Brilliant 55 bro. Peace.

Vicki Lane said...

Excellent as always, this and yesterday's. Such a great voice in all your poems.

clean and crazy said...

i have had a bit of history biting my a$$ this week. not nice, the memories they hijacked my day. the feelings so raw they made me so angry.

today i was mindful, today i focused on the here and now

great 55. my spiders are not itsy bitsy they are gigantic tarantulas!!

David Allen Waters said...

history as a web...very insightful.

lori said...

I am learning not to let my history trap me, but sometimes it's hard. You're making me think with this one... :)

Eva Gallant said...

Sort of, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Enchanted Oak said...

Your title made me smile with memories of doing the "Itsy-bitsy Spider" song for my little daughter.

You might like a bite of this 55:
Bacon-fat gravy

ethelmaepotter! said...

I almost didn't read this because of the title - spiders in my head???!!! NOOOO! So happy I did read it, though. And your opening line, "i hem my garments
with gossamer strands
of memory," is one of the greatest ever.

Steve E said...

"Venomous" My spiders always seem to cling to the gossamer.

TALON said...

I like this - sometimes history is definitely not worth repeating...and to do so is fatal.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful metaphor of memory as a spider's web.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Great 55...and so tender

Maggie May said...

Even the spider has to be careful where she walks on her own web!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Shadow said...

venomous indeed. great 55!

Baino said...

How come you don't post prose any more?

Kati patrianoceu said...

i like the feeling of this, something just hits the gut in the right way.

anthonynorth said...

A lot of wisdom in that.

the walking man said...

I think it justifiable to bite the damn spider back...and I like spiders.

gautami tripathy said...

So much said here. And yes, I walk on....

Ami Mattison said...

That opening just slays me, Brian! Just beautiful! Wish I'd written that!

This poem seems to suggest selective memory, or what we CAN remember--rather than the whole of our history. Definitely best to avoid that part of the web where the spider waits. A fine, fine write as usual, my friend.

PS--for Brino, here's a glittery award with 2 cuddly puppies on it. ;)

Lorraine said...

...wow...that's awesome

Olivia said...

I loved this Brian!

How well you tell the reader to hold the past only to remember it enough and yet not the past hold him back!

This is what I have been writing about- but in real long ones.. :)

You have very beautifully woven them in few simple words!

I tell to learn from these stingy beasts (spider, snake, scorpions) They carry the venom but never get poisoned- you know what I mean?

Wishing you a beautiful weekend
Hugs

(PS- I had to part- take, you had so nicely explained it all!)

MorningAJ said...

But aren't we supposed to learn from the past?

Betsy said...

those are some very wise words!

TechnoBabe said...

This is so great. I never thought of it as wearing my history. You amaze me. You enlighten me.

hpicasso said...

men have protective memory...the past was not made by American Tourister...the repetition had emphasis

Peace, hp

thank you for stopping by

annell said...

And yet the spider's silk is very, very strong!

magiceye said...

wow wow wow!!

trisha said...

terrific poem brian. loved your wordcrafting.

trisha

The Bug said...

Love it - love the idea of wearing my memories - but remembering to be careful!

Elaine said...

Brian, I so enjoy reading your poetry. You certainly know how to spin a tale or two!

AmyLK said...

I have been picking at the gossomer strands of my past recently. Its been nice to review the memories. :)

lime said...

how you pack so many layers of meaning into a mere 55 words is so impressive. really wonderful....history as a thread to hold things together or as a snare to trap us. well done, well done.

Tabor said...

A complex way of looking at history and using it as a tool without letting it pull us into that "could of, should of" chant.

Ruthiey said...

I think you are my favorite poet. I love reading the 'ink that leaks from
your twitching fingers'

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

I've know people who were ensnared in webs of their memory, unable to escape. Nice 55, Brian!

Akelamalu said...

History is important but the future is more so.

RNSANE said...

Wise beyond your years, Mr. Miller!! Of course, I can say that, I am an elder and I really know it in this rainy weather which exacerbates every ache and pain.

Mine is at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2011/02/friday-flash-55-shivering-february-25.html

Jill said...

Clear message in 55. I am always amazed. One's history CAN be quite venomous!

Cinner said...

sometimes there are too many cobwebs . amazing this 55. have a great day.

Cinnamon said...

Your opening line reminds me of my grandmother in her old age, chairbound, short term memory failed, playing with the hem of her dress in some agitation. I wonder what was going through her head in those times.

Wonderful how 55 words can be so thought provoking.

Margaret said...

LOL! historical only if you remember it. So some gossamer strands are best left alone...? :)

william said...

you know I love history, great post mate..

Jannie Funster said...

And the rose's petals are ever sweet!!

LOVE the whole hem / spider head thing, freaking brill!!!

xo

Belinda said...

No, I won't let spiders suck my blood but this 55 sucked me in. Gorgeous.

tony said...

Walk?Ah! But I have 2 legs & the spider has 8!

Sue said...

Good use of your 55, Brian.

=)

Claudia said...

yeah it is venomous - and all too soon one is paralyzed and can't walk on any more... lots of wisdom in your 55 words bri..

Kathe W. said...

Aha I have webs
in the corners of my head.... and never realized it! Great poem.

ModernMom said...

...still hate the spider:)

tattytiara said...

And you stitch 'em with a sharp needle!

Versebender said...

My first exposure to the 55...very nice. Liked everything about this. Vb

The Turning Point said...

As Robert DeNiro, the gangster in the movie "Diagnose This" said when impressed by his psychiatrist (Billy Crystal), "Doc,you're good....you're very good."
Release the prisoners believe me they'll come back when recalled.
Thanks for another gem

Jim

Stacy Uncorked said...

Amen to that! :) Have a great weekend, Brian! :)

Kavita said...

This is so true, B!! Memories can cling on to us like crazy!! We should allow them to cling only if they help us in our betterment... but if they prove detrimental to us, we should let go of these venomous little things..
Aahh.. but this is all so mush easier said that done.. isn't it?! ;)
Your writes are always so thought provoking, my friend..

azfree said...

Then there are those who, while dusting their webs, manage to shake free a history that never actually happened ... except perhaps inside their head. I think perhaps that bite is 55x more venomous. Time to run!!!!!!

This was cool. Your work is always so eloquent and, for lack of a better term, deep. Woah man, that was soooo deep. Sorry. I think the venom is effecting my brain.

Betty said...

I like the thought of wearing history but not getting bound up in it.

Vodka Mom said...

i can't stop singing the song.


everybody now.

Heather said...

You are so right, let things in the past alone ( but yes, sometimes it's hard) also, love the gossamer threads...nice!

Love how you wrote this. Hope you are having a great weekend...xo

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Shrinky said...

Oh my goodness, so clever you are - yes, yes, yes, my head is full of gossamer patches, odd shreds from memories put away - I simply love to rummage through them now and then to see what spills out (grin).

You always surprise and delight me.

Boom Boom Larew said...

The trick is not to get stuck for too long with the bad memories. Well done, Brian!

Mona said...

Spider Bite! Ewwwww! I would hate that!

gayle said...

I love your poems!!!!

mama-face said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmm. I having a hard time fully understanding this piece. Maybe it's my fear of spiders stopping me. Even when I don't comprehend I still love to read your words.

granny1947 said...

Excellent....especially not allowing history to snarl you...so many do just that!

Dulce said...

wearing
history in
sipder webs
great 55er brian

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Your words are like a song. Soothing to the soul and mind.

Goofball said...

Why is history so risky and poisenous?

Syd said...

I wonder if we are always destined to repeat history.

deb colarossi said...

You are right of course, it's hard though.

secret agent woman said...

It can be hard to walk on even when you know the danger.

Zuzana said...

They say that history is written by the winners.;) I guess we also adjust our own history to suit our needs.;) I once heard that memories are like a waterlily pond; we recall the beuatiful flowers but forget the murky waters of the pond;)
xoxo

Linda said...

Cool. Great 55 as usual. Beware the spider...she bites.

Steve Isaak said...

Wow-able stuff, perfect.

Mighty M said...

Walk on....that's all we can do anyways. Walk on and avoid the bite.

Ben said...

Very cool imagery. The older I grow, the harder it is not to let personal history snare me. It really can be venomous to keep bringing up wrongs of the past. Without redemption, I don't know how people deal with it.

PattiKen said...

The scariest part is that the spider never sleeps. It is likely to sneak out and bite you as you dream.