Thursday, March 17, 2011

55 - splinters of knight


Wood that they not
lay down but a moment,
setting aside their swords,
best intentions growing
roots in complacency.

They still gaze
longingly toward the future
remaining petrified presently.

People pass by, remembering
an age of heros, of quests,
honor and something called chivalry,
label it art and go home content
in not getting splinters.

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

Be sure to check out Friday Poetically, Friday morning, where I will be giving you the oportunity to respond poetically to some art I saw on a recent visit to the Taubman Museum.

99 comments:

Magpie said...

Is this piece of art made from wood? Is that the reason for your "wood" references? You had me at the title!

CM said...

Wow, that is an incredible piece of art. Such intricate carvings.

Chivalry...oh where art thee?

Jannie Funster said...

I sure name your posts art!

The real art is in laying down the swords I suppose. And hopefully forever one day.

xo

Teresa said...

Chivalry can't be dead! Love the poem--it is a perfect fit to the artwork.

dustus said...

"roots in complacency" and "petrified presently" some great phrases in an excellent 55. Looking forward to seeing what you cooked up for Friday Poetically.

G-Man said...

Yeah....It's Dead!
(Save for a select few anachronistic warriors)
Excellent 55 Son.
Or should I say...Sir Brian?
Have a Kick Ass Week-End....G

Daniel said...

Enjoyed this one. Something cool about letting art and pictures inspire your thoughts.

Heather said...

another gem, brian. Love it. happy st. patrick's day, to you and your family!

Lori Dyan said...

Um. Wow - I love your way with words.

Monkey Man said...

Stalagknight! What a cool sculpture and 55. My 55 is HERE.

ayala said...

Love the poem!

Helena said...

Label it art and go home content
in not getting splinters....

...Art tends to romanticize significant periods in history

♥ ஆεlεɳa ~.^

Sophia said...

Wow...I seriously don't know how you do it time after time...

Little Ms Blogger said...

That is the coolest piece of art. I would stop and gaze at the structure for awhile. It's a piece that would make me wonder the story behind it.

drybottomgirl said...

In college I took a Master's course in Arthurian Legend, it was so much fun because the professor had traveled to "Arthur Country" numerous times. The 55 and the art is very cool. Have an awesome weekend!

Sue said...

This is a case where I'd like to see history repeating itself.

=)

moondustwriter said...

Great response to the pic Bri. it is sad when you think it is an era gone by.
The sculpture is amazing. I want to feel the fluid motion

Moonie

She Writes said...

Wood that I not gaze longingly at the future while petrified in the present :)

Brian Miller said...

magpie...it is made out of wood...it was incredible...i am pretty sure it was all out of one piece as well which is all the more incredible...a couple other pics of it will be in my friday poetically...

Tara Miller said...

A beautiful piece of art...and even more incredible in person. Tell me chivalry and honor aren't dead!

hedgewitch said...

Od wot! Methinks thou hast nailed it. That is an amazing piece of art, and a rather pithy (sorry--no but really) commentary on the lack of anyone presently charging to the rescue despite a whole boatload of dragons that need slaying. And all in 55. Nice work, brian.

Linda said...

That is a spectacular piece of art! The story is perfect. It made me smile.

Rhymetime(aka Pat) said...

So Brian I am back
On the rhyme attack
As I finally got a break in all my work
To come here and lurk
As your posts are always great reads
For you plant the seeds
That make people think a bit more
For some that may be a chore
But I won't go there
As I don't want people to stare
And I will be back
As your posts never lack

tracy said...

Oh, ouch! That was sharp, Brian!

Cinner said...

I agree with Jannie Funsters comment. very intriquing Brian, take care. I am feeling better now. have a great weekend.

Bossy Betty said...

Fascinating--both the picture and the words!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I so hope chivalry never dies.
Beautiful words to go with the art. Thanks, jj

Bernie said...

Such a interesting piece of art. So good to read your words again my friend.....:-)Hugs

TALON said...

That's an eye-catching piece. And a perfect 55 to accompany it, Brian.

Matty said...

Interesting piece of art, and equally interesting 55 to go with it. You have the gift of seeing things in a way the average person doesn't.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

"Wood" you like to stop by and read my 55? Yes I did one!

Have a wicked weekend

Zuzana said...

That is a very unusual sculpture - a knight lying on a bed of what seems to be limestone cave stalagmite.;)

I have always been fascinated by the time of knights and chivalry. I often think I live in the wrong period.;)) But then again, I almost certainly have a way too romantic perception of what most likely was a terrible time in humans history.;)

Have a great Friday dear friend,
xoxo

Celestial Dreamz said...

amazing sculpture and an incredible write.

adeeyoyo said...

Wood imitating wax - how strange! Waxing lyrical indeed...

anthonynorth said...

Great words, and I like the pic, too.

MorningAJ said...

He's wonderful - and your words definitely do him justice!

My 55 are here

Jinksy said...

That's a very distubing image - for when did wood ever have the capacity to melt? Yuk!

ladyfi said...

Life is all about embracing the splinters though...

budh.aaah said...

Very good combo Brian. Of 55 and friday poetically.

Valerie said...

Amazing piece of art... and so were your words.

Aquarius63 said...

A wonderful piece of art and portrayal of said art Brian.

Anita.

Akelamalu said...

Incredible sculpture, so are your words. :)

slommler said...

Beautiful and expressive sculpture! And you words bring it more to life!!
There are many knights in Japan right now...showing courage and chivalry!! Graciousness and honor!
Impressive people!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Lorraine said...

gosh you're wonderful, I may just steal: petrified presenlty,it's that good lol

SuzyQ said...

I've been reading a lot about King Arthur and the knights of the round table. I'm intrigued by chivalry also. I think it stands for so much that is honorable and good. Your poem captures the poignancy of this lost age well.

Boom Boom Larew said...

You can't have chivalry without accumulating a few splinters. Love the sculpture!

hpicasso said...

you served him well...I hope I served you as well with my effort

Peace, hp

izzy said...

Very cool! great art work, words and figures ( will it get colors ?)
thanks!

Betsy said...

If that is carved from wood, it is truly amazing!

Honor...yes, where is it?

5thsister said...

I am amazed at how the artist/wood carver was able to balance the piece. Very intriguing.

And the words that caught me in your prose were "They still gaze
longingly toward the future
remaining petrified presently." Ain't it the truth. Something I am trying to change in myself by living in the moment instead of being "petrified" by my past. Great write!

Syd said...

The wood is being laid down more and more. I mourn the loss of our trees. Where did we all go wrong?

Lori said...

What a beautiful work of art and as always your words are right on...I sure have missed you and your words...XX

Alan Burnett said...

Yes I have a feeling that the so-called age of chivalry left most people with a lot of splinters festering away.

Lolamouse said...

Very cool picture and an excellent write to complement it! I love the second stanza as it could apply to so many things! Bravo!

natalee said...

That's a beautiful work... (ps I gave you a shout out in my blog today...)

Hope said...

so what you are saying, I think, is every knight has splinters even if they do allow you to cross a puddle on their cape?

And...admiring a representation of the perfect model that portrays chivalry is probably the safest situation to be in without getting to involved so not to get splinters, yet it wouldn't be as exciting. :)

actually, the sculpture is beautiful but your words are an excellent piece of artwork in itself. Thank you for sharing both masterpieces. Brian!

Myrna R. said...

Your poem has some lovely lines in it that complement the sculpture beautifully. Both the poem and the sculpture are great works of art.

Natasha said...

Ah...nice take on it Brian...you had that one building didn't you. Fantastic prompt that has been inspiring some awesome writes! Thanks so much for this one...I was swimming in a stagnant pool of reruns until I discovered this!

David Allen Waters said...

it only dies if we let it .brilliant piece as always friend.

Titanium said...

Monkey Man nailed it perfectly with 'Stalagknight'. Great shot, Brian- and excellent point to ponder.

Thanks for demonstrating chivalry in real time; you made my day by getting my 55 out there when I couldn't.

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Chivalry is not dead, it's just resting. Nice 55.

avoidtheclap said...

What amazes me is how you never publish any crap. Everything is smooth and polished. I rub my hand over your writing and never get any splinters.

hpicasso said...

HA...I used your name again, but this time was certainly more flattering.

Peace, hp

benmind said...

Great poem - the ending makes it for me. I so much like how you build up the reader's expectation of both the art and their perception of it, then lay down the reality of the situation. Very nicely done!

Belinda said...

Love everything about this. And I hope to be filled with something more than contentment next time I experience art that moves me.

william said...

superb poem friend, great pic :)

repressedsoul said...

Sir Brian has a ring of the monty python's about it don't you think? I honestly thought this bloke was made of wax, not wood! Great job Brian x

emmettwheatfall.com said...

Brian, I applaud you for writing this poem. I love the creativity and the imagery. You stretch the readers imagination. Thank you for taking us there.

Sean Vessey said...

I liked your title and that you beat up the present for Chivalry's lack. Great write.

haikulovesongs said...

"Wood that they not
lay down but a moment"

very nice write. i really loved the photograph.

dani ♥

Bonnie said...

Oh yes, let's not get our hands dirty.

Pheromone Girl said...

There seem to be a shortage of good knight-in-shining armor tales. Nicely done!

Pauline said...

the title is a perfect accompaniment for the photo. I especially like the lines in the last stanza.

Mama Zen said...

This is so clever, Brian!

wordsasunder said...

Great sculpture (carving?) but looks like it's melting..and awesome words to go with it..love the flow and the way they link with the art piece. Nicely written.

The Retired One said...

You nailed it with this to express in words the piece of art!! GREAT job!!

Fragrant Liar said...

Knight is raining down over the city. ;-)

JL Dodge said...

just Marvie how you do a two for one in your writes !

Katherine said...

Amazing Art ... woodtastic!
And as per usual Brian you're words are also a work of literary art! Wonderful!
Oh yes, I also have to say that was some very clever wordplay there from Monkey. Have a great weekend Brian!

lori said...

I have wondered what life would've been like in different periods, romanticizing eras of long ago. Then, the realist in me thinks about how hard life was, especially for women.

Thankful for an easier life and thankful for the great poetry you provide :)

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Brian, is that your artwork? If so, I'm beyond impressed with your abilities! The words resonated so well with the picture.

Thanks for your guy perspective on my last blog post.

Kavita said...

Wow! Powerful...with hints of wistfulness in this one, Brian..
"label it art and go home content
in not getting splinters" -- Sad, but oh so true.. (sigh)

Olivia said...

Insightful!

Chivalry seems to be dead alright.. :(
Your words are no less than some beautiful art.. :)

Love xox

KB said...

I've found my hero and he's not made from wood. Nice 55 Brian. have a great weekend.

trailsofthepen said...

I could stare at the art work for a long time. Thought the whole creation was a clever wax project but it's wood. Never tried writing a poem out from a picture yet.

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magiceye said...

indeed!

Jerry said...

fantastic art piece.
fantastic word piece.

Claudia said...

..an age of heros, of quests,
honor.. love this
i'm giving guided tours in basel every once and a while and that's always a topic - the middle age - the years of knights and bishops and darkness. we have some beautiful old houses where real knights used to live - close to the city fortification to be ready to protect their people

Liza Ursu said...

mouth agape...
what a sculpture!
I can see why you were inspired.

I love that 1st stanza Brian.
This is a great piece, thanks for sharing.

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
Nice use Of 55words and a unique piece Of sculpture too!
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Rebecca S. said...

Nice one!

Goofball said...

interesting piece of art


rooting wooden knights...what a fascinating idea to play with, so symbolic, I just don't know really what it is symbolic off

mama-face said...

hm... do they long for the future? While we long for the past?

sheila said...

Interesting. I'm not one to "get" art. Sometimes it takes me awhile. Sometimes I just move on.

Barbara Shallue said...

What a cool sculpture - and your "55" is a perfect fit!

PattiKen said...

Chivalry? it's been so long since I've seen anything like that, i'd forgotten all about it. Maybe it was the splinters...

trisha said...

thats the additional glory to these beautiful artefacts, they remind us of the heroes.

Marla said...

Kinda freaky in a can't look away kind of deal. Where do you find this stuff and how do you write so perfectly to it each time?