Saturday, March 5, 2011

time out

Happy Saturday everyone! I am over here today with a piece I wrote, entitiled "time out", based on an incredible photo by Chip Cutlan. So please visit me over there.

See you soon!

~Brian

31 comments:

Daniel said...

I went over there and will comment over here. Loved the photo and loved your entry to go with it. Just a great bit of work. Blessings.

izzy said...

One for me, one for you- can you do it
in two's, three's, four's? and then when someone else comes by I stop. But if it were I that happened by,(like you) I might want some favorite shapes, colors.
If it were a teacher she might ask about
counting; she might ask if you felt ready to rejoin the group. I'm not sure
about the 'dumb' part...thanks for sharing.

Tabor said...

Made me so sad and wanting to hug that little guy.

Lorraine said...

I wouldn't miss you for the world...on my way...

Lorraine said...

it was meant for you, no doubt no one could have done that photo justice and wow what a photo, i am hoping to see more of this incredible combo wow again

Betsy said...

Perfect writing for the photo, Brian. Based on a child you know, no doubt...

David Allen Waters said...

brilliant as always friend

secret agent woman said...

That's sad. And so unlike why time outs should be used.

annell said...

I enjoyed your write. I know "this," and it is still a source of sadness to me, but you have done it well. Thank you Brian.

Natasha said...

So I went over there
And came back to here
To let you know how much
This piece really touched
This old soft heart that hates to see
Just how cruel this world can be.
And as payback I've left this rhyme
Not sure if its appropriate this time.
Guess we'll have to blame that cat
Cause now he's got me rhyming back.
Seriously...awesome, powerful, potent write to a fantastic photo. Great combination.

Brian Miller said...

yeah, i am usually a proponnt of time outs...when they are used how they should be...for the childs benefit not the parents...although there are times you just need a break...putting a kid alone in a corner for extended periods of time without stimuli is abuse...and never telling them why or helping them get better even worse...the picture did it for me...i was in the corner and thats how i felt...more work writing you know...

Ally (Photograph Prose) said...

Brian - thank you so much for such a wonderful piece of writing to accompany Chip's image. Another wonderful collaboration for our site. I haven't seen as many comments on another yet, so this could be one of the favorites. Your writing brought back many memories for me...and for others too I am certain.

Thanks again and please, visit us again soon :) Have a wonderful weekend!

Ally (Photograph Prose) said...

Brian - thank you so much for such a wonderful piece of writing to accompany Chip's image. Another wonderful collaboration for our site. I haven't seen as many comments on another yet, so this could be one of the favorites. Your writing brought back many memories for me...and for others too I am certain.

Thanks again and please, visit us again soon :) Have a wonderful weekend!

william said...

what a great idea mate.. happy weekend ..

Heather said...

excellent, i visited the photo, your words fit perfectly -
btw you must have a messy desk too, because your work is always brilliant! :)

sage said...

Wonderful poem--we often don't know how people hurt and you seem to get into their emotions and share them with us. Thanks

Sue said...

Poignant poem, Brian.

And a wonderful photo to inspire it.

Thanks.

=)

Ami Mattison said...

Brian, your poem together with the picture was a wonderful juxtaposition. The child's voice in the poem is vulnerable, sad, confused, and rightfully angry. You did a great a job of providing the kind of emotional complexity that kept the poem from slipping into sentimentality. Alongside your poem, the photo of the child's crouched body and all those candied-colored pieces sets a disarming scene for thinking precisely about what we do to children in an effort to "manage" them. Great job!

Brian Miller said...

thanks everyone and to those that went over...i opened comments here after an email saying they did not want to use an email to leave a comment over there...that said, i get teh comments over there so dont feel you need to comment here and there...smiles. i see you either way...

TALON said...

Lovely to meet, Jacob. Heartbreaking that he feels he has to dwell in a shadow world...I hope he doesn't always feel this way. A beautiful interpreation of Chip's stunning photograph.

Eva Gallant said...

Reading that piece made me so sad. Well done.

Elaine said...

As a Kindergarten Teacher, I can so relate to this. Sometimes I wonder who time out it really for!

Mom said...

Your insight into the lives of hurting children gives life to the picture. Your kindness to those that others would ridicule will be remembered by them forever. Continue to make good memories so the counting can continue with a smile by the one that would wear green.

Tom said...

very good. the photo is excellant also

Tina said...

Ouch. I've said, "I just can't deal with you right now" more times than I can count...But this whole homeschooling thing is fixing that. We're together all the time now and it's transformed our relationships so much for the better. God does know best, and when I got fired and sank into depression, and started hs'ing, it did take a good long while for me to see any benefit. Time outs are good when used in the right way, but you so poignantly brought out the wrong way. Nicely done! I've been so busy lately I haven't read any blogs since the marathon 10thDOM reading sessions...

rhymetime(aka Pat) said...

You make me go over there, as you fill in as a spare.
Then make me come back here, there and here is all I hear.
You are making me do work, I just want to come here and lurk.
Not go here, there and everywhere, I just like to sit and stare.
Clicking that link required 2 seconds of my time, just enough time to come up with this rhyme.
But I was glad I did as it was another fine post and I have to sit and boast.
As I made you rhyme other places, right in Tashtoo and others faces.
Damn I'm so good it's true, as I was able to convert you.

ds said...

Wonderful as always, Brian. I so love the way you get into the little boy's head and remind us how important it is to remember what it is like to be small...

tattytiara said...

I left my comment over there too then!

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
I repeat...This poem, The reason for the poem is…"heart-breaking"
Thanks, for sharing!
deedee :-(

KB said...

Aww so sad. Happy weekend.

dopey said...

This, I think, would make anyone consider what have their own children thought when hearing our words or when we have hurt them. Sometimes the punishment is very warranted for many different reasons, which they may or may not understand.

Good write, good read.