Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sights UnseeN(yc)

A street corner hawker pulls a gun trigger, on
the crushing rush flowing corner to corner
outside Madison Square Garden.

Head down, moving on they pay little notice
as he sprays shimmering orbs from his
bubble blower into the air. They dance lazily

among the taxis, rising on updrafts of exhaust,
catching the sun in liquid rainbows as they
emerge from shadows  between the imposing buildings.

Somewhere around the third floor they pop and
a few people finally look up, sticking a hand out,
grumbling that the weatherman never

mentioned rain as a possibility, while a man in
the cafe smiles, raising his half full glass of
soda to take a sip, enjoying the view.

Imperfect Prose

So, who was the one that leaked I was heading for NYC?

80 comments:

Bonnie said...

Looks like you acquired lots of grist for your already prolific poetic mill!

CM said...

I won't ever tell...;-)

Nice pic, now that's what I'm talkin about!

liv2write2day said...

This is a good example of the power of observation that must be ingrained in the poet. Splendid imagery...a bit of beauty in the midst of all that craziness.

Tom said...

your past catching up to you?

David Allen Waters said...

I love how you take the every day and turn it into the extrodinary

secret agent woman said...

Bet you'll be poeting (I made that word up, but I like it) about NY for a while.

ayala said...

Nice...inspiration in the everyday...

Beachanny said...

Oh now you know everyone has to stop at Macy's in Harold Square. I'd have bought you a tie there. There's a whole floor of them ;-)
Gay (really well done...been there and I know it)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Love those bubble blowers.

And it wasn't me. I swear :-)

jj

Mighty M said...

Haha - it wasn't me that warned them to suit up!! :)

Titanium said...

It totally wasn't me... I was on ice all weekend. :)

There's so much tumbling around in these words, these bubbles... beauty in the midst of chaos.

Steve E said...

Do they drink S O D A in NY? I figured they clean/wash the streets with Mateuse Rose. After it's been consumed of course!

That policeman leaning on car is the kind of photo we DIE for. thank you, Brian!

And of course, welcome home!

Natasha said...

Soda and a smile...smirk. Nice one, put me right there, and lived up to my expectations...engaged senses thank you :)

Daniel said...

Laid back vibe to this one.

Just Be Real said...

Loved this Brian. I used to live in NY. Blessings.

Kat_RN said...

You made me smile. Hope you are still enjoying it. I love to visit NYC, but I love living where it is much quieter, and no, I would never tell either.
Kat

Betsy said...

Very nice. There's a little of everything there!

Someone leaked it? haha...I bet you never find out!

happygirl said...

I just LOVE NYC so much. I don't get up there as often as I should. I'm going to look at it differently after reading your words. Please please please go to Canal St. and write. And have some dim sum while you are there.

booguloo said...

Imperfect prose? Never happens. I say, "Imperfection is an oxymoron".

Hilary said...

A New York minute.. Brian style.

Ocean Girl said...

I enjoyed this and NYC is fun.

mairmusic said...

I can just visualize it-- your images hang in the air too. Congrats on the Shorty!

nic said...

ah, excellent. love the unexpected turn from the first to second stanza, and the contrast of perspective at the end.

Jen said...

Amazing how some people just grumble, even thought they have been given a gift.

Eva Gallant said...

I like the surprise twist!

adeeyoyo said...

Lovely bubbles wafting upwards... Nice picture in my head. But the guy in your photo reminds me of my country - we see that all the time! When it first started in in 1990's it made me feel so uncomfortable, but now I hardly notice!

ds said...

Here's a toast to the man with the half-full glass! Nice effects.

Sorry. Just asked for police escort, not the SWAT team ;)

lorely said...

"catching the sun in liquid rainbows," lovely for NYC...say hello to the "other' big city or me!

The Fool said...

Beautiful how you have elavated the mundane to the level of sublime through the power of your words.

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Lovely Post. I countersign David Allen's Comment. Thanks for the post.

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

You write really well Brian. Keep at it. Don't ever stop....

Zuzana said...

I have been in NYC twice, each visit was very different. I bet one can go there a thousand times and it will never be the same.;)
Have a great day dear Brian.;)
xoxo

Susan Deborah said...

Never been to NYC. Would love to go there someday. Enjoy your day.

Love and joy,
Susan

Valerie said...

You have a keen observation, Brian. Wish I could say the same about me.

ladyfi said...

Frightening photo, but I adore your description of the soap bubbles!

Goofball said...

we all should blow way more soap bubbles on the street...it's so fun, shiny and colorful

Vodka Mom said...

xx

the walking man said...

So how much was that street vendor asking for the rifle?

Rhymetime(aka Pat) said...

Damn I knew I shouldn't have mention where I was going when I tried to get across the border
Maybe that is where they go the order
As they thought you were in league with the cat
And was going to beat someone with a bat
Also exactly what I'd expect from New York
Good thing you stayed away from the port
As some clown might have thrown you in the drink
But I'm sure with your hot air you'd never sink
hahahaha that was good
I know you understood

JStar said...

Brian, you leave me speechless with your talent...This was amazingly written! Great twists and turns...Your imagery takes me there...

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Never a DULL moment in NYC!

LauraX said...

a bubble gun...I love this creative, quirky approach to sending out orbs of joy to those who are paying attention and open to receiving such precious gifts.

MorningAJ said...

You know... I think I've enjoyed your trip to NYC almost as much as you have!

Velvet Over Steel said...

Glad the man in the cafe appreciated the bubbles! :-)

David N. said...

Nice. I love when you catch little scenes like this. How was the city?

Friko said...

a lovely image, in spite of the grumbles.

tracy said...

I see you got an armed escort. RIGHT?

Lolamouse said...

Great poem! I get way too overwhelmed in the city to notice these little nuggets of life. I'm glad someone else can!

AmyLK said...

Oh if only we could replace the bullets with bubbles!

Heather said...

True - there's always something happening in NYC. Have a good day! xo

tony said...

Come Out With Your Hands In The Air! We Have The Place Surrounded!

Craig said...

I grew up in Brooklyn. And I blew bubbles on the streets many a time. This brought me back - made the city pop out. Thank you for this. God Bless and Keep.

Myrna R. said...

I developed the hobby of people watching when I lived there. I used to imagine people's stories, their sadness etc... New York is fertile ground for writing material. I bet your poetic mind had a blast there.

Lisa notes... said...

You make me think of my niece who was in Madison Square Garden this week... Thanks for always providing provocative poetry.

Magpie said...

And just what kind of soda was the "man" in the cafe drinking that day, Brian? :)
I love bubbles and you captured the moment beautifully.

Claudia said...

was it you, smiling in the cafe, pen and paper next to you..?
i love how the bubbles dance lazily, rising on exhaust fumes and catch the sun - the beautiful and the ugly, the ordinary and the extraordinary...
oh and i told them to be there because of your explosive poetry..smiles

Sue said...

Good eye, Brian!

=)

cathy said...

Very evocative and with a clever twist so early on in the piece, I was expecting mayhem where there was whimsy. Fabulous language, I especially loved this: 'the crushing rush' and this 'as he sprays shimmering orbs' and this 'rising on updrafts of exhaust' (here I expected updraft of air and with the entire poem you surprised me ;)

Mama Zen said...

Love this one, Brian!

Umamaheswari.A said...

Nice poem as usual.Liked it!

Captain Dumbass said...

Despite the firepower you made it out.

Raven said...

Fantastic! You can take anything and turn it into a wordy work of art. :)

Joybird said...

Again you drop me into the middle of a moment, fleshed out for all of my senses. I lift my glass with the guy in the cafe and say "Cheers to he who makes rainbows dance in the middle of confusion and grime."

Kati patrianoceu said...

I like the title - so appropriate. Sometimes life just needs to be recorded.

Jodi said...

Perfect in my opinion.

Barbara said...

Congrats on the Shorty Award.

And you look like you're having a super time in NYC.

Sarah Tuttle-Singer. Yes, That's My Real Name. (Hi Dad.) said...

oh oh oh, this is a good one...
love the cadence to it along with the imagery.

Barbara Shallue said...

What a wonderful image formed in my mind of those bubbles and the bystanders. Thank you!

Jannie Funster said...

Liquid rainbows -- I really like that. And aren't there like 1,000,000,000 microbes in a raindrop? Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a teensy bit. But a lot.

xo

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
What a very descriptive post..."Sights UnseeN(yc)"
I like your play on words in the title too!
Thanks, for the journey...I like to "play" catch-up on the happenings!
DeeDee ;-)

Marla said...

Did ya love it? Are you back? Was it great? What was the best part?

Spill the beans!

Samantha Parker said...

This post makes me want to fly to NYC and see this kind of thing for myself.

Thanks, Brian.

slommler said...

I thought for sure he was going to raise his glass and make a toast!!
Hugs
SueAnn

imoomie said...

I can see this in my mind's eye...and Yay, to bubbles!

Rachel said...

So true how most people wander around not even knowing what is going on around them. Good writing.

alittlebitograce said...

I was quite concerned at the first stanza, thinking that even on vacation your life is dangerous, but then loved the whimsy that followed even though those around were too busy to see the beauty. You capture such interesting and unique moments.

emily wierenga said...

wow... bullets becoming bubbles, the magic raining down... the hearts breaking, in us. i love how you see the world, brian.

trisha said...

good one brian. :)

Syd said...

Nice. Rather bubbles than snow.

lori said...

I can see the man in the cafe smiling. Would love to go to NYC, and I will someday. I like how you used the word, imposing :)