Wednesday, April 20, 2011

haystacks & hurricanes

hell hath no fury
as rolling stones, the open
mouth of empty tomb,
there is no room
for status quo inside this hurricane

epidermis, cellophane,
love wins, but only if you
let it begin, Baskin Robbins got 32
flavors but you never know
til you savor, mama made
you wash your hands, but
who'd drink of a cup
unclean within, again

hell hath no fury
as rolling stones, the open
mouth of empty tomb,
there is no room
for status quo inside this hurricane

fingers clenched, window pain
no child left out in the rain
water's parted, party started,
unworthy only in the figments
of your imagination, pigments
drained, stains removed, lover
healer, savior, victor, no matter
who, what, where you been

hell hath no fury
as rolling stones, the open
mouth of empty tomb,
there is no room
for status quo inside this hurricane

haystack's needle lost then
found, hearts re-beat & chains
unbound in grace today
& tomorrows a head on
collision with hope

because

hell hath no fury
as rolling stones, the open
mouth of empty tomb,
there is no room
for status quo inside this hurricane

written for Imperfect Prose

87 comments:

David Allen Waters said...

this one gets ya thinking.

keep it up mate ;)

Brian Miller said...

dang you are fast...just a little something for easter...

Elaine said...

Oooo...let's celebrate the Rolling Stones...without Mick Jagger. Love it!

Ruthiey said...

'a head-on collision with hope' I LOVE IT

happygirl said...

"hearts re-beat & chains unbound in grace"
This ROCKS my soul. Even though we speak of Stones.

sheila said...

this reminds me of writings by Jim Morrison. Or Pink Floyd.

Barbara said...

Oh, so many great quotes in this one. Love it!
"tomorrows a head on collision with hope." amen!

Birdie said...

not even my dictionary was helping ... I had to read it several times but interestingly each time I 'found' something new ...you are the master of the words! Happy Easter to you and yours Brian.

Sue said...

That one gives Easter a whole new feel.

Pretty neat.

=)

Lisa notes... said...

"hell hath no fury
as rolling stones, the open
mouth of empty tomb"

Your way with words astounds me. No status quo here, my friend!

sage said...

I like all the images you conjure up (can I say that as many seem to be Biblical images) in this--way to go.

hedgewitch said...

"..epidermis, cellophane,
love wins, but only if you
let it begin...hell hath no fury" you're slammin the Easter thing today, brian. I like the needles whirling around in haystacks and hurricanes. A nice brisk wind of words.

Cloudia said...

No stauts quo inside the hurricane!


Brilliant refrain




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Tom said...

enjoy the season - it's a sobering and joyous celebration

Pat said...

Some powerful stuff here.

Ami Mattison said...

Wow, Brian! An Easter song!

This one is really powerful. Especially like these lines:

"hearts re-beat & chains
unbound in grace today
& tomorrows a head on
collision with hope"

And it's got just the right cadence and rhyme that the chorus is sticking in my head already. Great job!

Carrie Burtt said...

Brian this is wonderful....it could be an anthem....i love it!
:-) Happy Easter to you and your family! :-)

Tabor said...

I am not sure that I get this...at least most of it, but I do like the rhythm and repetition.

Paul C said...

Interesting allusions at play here...and timely.

Fireblossom said...

rollinG stones. That's better. ;-)

Pat Hatt said...

Wow this one definetly makes one think
Makes the cats mind go to the brink
Easter you say
You going to have an egg hunt on that day
I bet you'll cheat and gobble them all down
Leaving one or two hoping no one will frown
Biblical I'm not
But in yours that is some of what I caught

tracy said...

GREAT Easter poem, Brian. I agree with so many of the others - lots of good quotes here. And dare I say I get goose bumps when you rhyme?

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

I can HEAR this when I read it!

blueviolet said...

I've never heard the Easter story in quite this way.

The Retired One said...

Loved the line that tomorrow is a collision with HOPE. Great thought!!!!

Mama Zen said...

How perfect for Easter week!

Brian Miller said...

haha BV leave it to me...and yes there are lots of biblical allusion in this one...

Pastor Sharon said...

This is pretty amazing. I love the way you have blended everything! "water's parted, party started,
unworthy only in the figments
of your imagination, pigments
drained, stains removed, lover
healer, savior, victor, no matter
who, what, where you been"

This pretty much sums it up. . . along with everything else you included. I love this!

Ocean Girl said...

This is brilliant. You covered all grounds with passion. A genius at work.

Eva Gallant said...

You have such a way with words...that refrain will be repeating in my brain for days!

Rachel Hoyt said...

Quite a thinker! Beautiful poem. Love the repetition.

Christina - Rant Rave Roll said...

Nice one Brian... although I had to fight the urge to sing it.

Daniel said...

Nice meter to this one, love the specific word play and the images it created within me. Cool.

Kate Hanley said...

Loved the Rolling Stones/Easter mix. No pun intended but it really did move along. Very nice.

Betsy said...

I think this sums up Easter quite well. And aren't we so thankful for His victory...no matter who, what or where you've been. Nice.

Joybird said...

a head on collision with hope...yeah...rock on!

KB said...

Are you going to sing it for us?

Maggie said...

It's always fascinating to read what you write. I did find this one quite difficult to comprehend at first though.

Linda said...

There is so much here Brian - must reread a few times!
I am captured by the idea of hell furious at that empty tomb. Hallelulia!!

Tara Miller said...

You continue to amaze me with your writing, love. There's so much in this poem of Easter.... but this is one of my favorites:

haystack's needle lost then
found, hearts re-beat & chains
unbound in grace today
& tomorrows a head on
collision with hope

There's such peace in knowing this...

Anna said...

wow, amazing, love the rhythm and words. I can almost hear the music.

elizabeth said...

Fabulous, powerful!

Sheila Moore said...

I'm with Tara on my fav stanza Great job.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

So many hidden treasures in your writing, Brian. Cool!!

budh.aaah said...

Whoa! It got me confused (not in a bad way - was just lookin for some sugary sweet stuff today).. I usually come here to clear my head Brian...

Melissa@one thing said...

beauty.

Shadow said...

this should be a song...

Cathy said...

Aha, I knew it, the woman scorned is not so bad after all. I especially love this: tomorrow's a head on collision with hope. What a poet's web you weave ...

Valerie said...

Brilliant. I didn't realise you were into song writing... this piece could and should be set to music.

ayala said...

hmmm a lot to think about here...head collision with hope... nicely done,Brain :) Happy Easter to you and yours.

Just Be Real said...

During this time for me the hope that is out there that is provided is essential. Blessings to you Brian.

Celestial Dreamz said...

brilliantly neat!

Lorraine said...

You are inspiring both as writer and as a philospher, thanks for sharing the immmense talent you have :)

JStar said...

Brian, this speaks volumes! The flow almost made me want to move with the rhythm

ladyfi said...

Another great poem! Plenty of food for thought...

Heather said...

your such a good write! lots to think about here! have a great day...xo

Little Ms Blogger said...

It's a good way to remember to just pause and think before getting swept up in life.

the walking man said...

It is a bit quieter in the eye of the storm. Unfortunately it seems we like riding the wind and debris rather than being in the place where quiet rest may be found.

Leslie said...

"hell hath no fury
as rolling stones, the open
mouth of empty tomb,
there is no room
for status quo inside this hurricane"

this refrain really got to me... made me weep for the grace and glory of it all

annell said...

I love this one, you've outdone yourself! Bravo!

Connie@raise your eyes said...

Ah Brian, never a simple skim over here...the best gift you have...that invites other to the celebration...blessed Easter! He is Risen!

trisha said...

fabulous brian. very wise and terrific.

TechnoBabe said...

Happy Easter to you too, you and your wonderful family.

Scott said...

In a song writing mood? Which is nice to read because I suuuuck at writing anything close to meter or rhyme. So I like reading someone who pulls it off so well.

TALON said...

I like the repetition a lot...it lends so much weight to a sad lament, Brian.

Hope you have a lovely Easter.

emily wierenga said...

haystack's needle lost then
found, hearts re-beat & chains
unbound in grace today
& tomorrows a head on
collision with hope


this is my favorite stanza... but i think it's also one of my favorite poems of yours. i love the repetition, and the way i feel the tomb open in the final lines...

Olivia said...

hmmmmmmm...
Insightful indeed Brian! SIGH

You never fail to amaze me Dear..
Many Hugs xx

patty said...

really, brian... love this one. reads like a song... and love the word play.
happy easter~

Jen said...

so many good, hopeful, TRUE lines in this. this one had lots of inspiration.

Old Ollie said...

Perfect theme for the season.

kelly@thebluemuse said...

Love this, the title will stay with me for a long time to come, perfect.

Rachel said...

I would say clever poem but I think that is how I commented on your last few poems :-D, Your poems are clever and witty. Great Easter Poem have a hope filled Easter weekend.

Nezzy said...

You dear sir are a master of words. What a powerful pose!

Great job once again!

God bless and have a fantastic day!!!

Claudia said...

what a beautiful easter song brian...loved it all but esp. the refrain with the open mouth of the tomb and no status quo in this hurricane...so true
(you know what - i tend to write your name the wrong way if i type to fast and then it's brain...and you got brains...smiles)

Titanium said...

Resoundingly well done. No pastel eggs and confused rabbits in this one!

Goofball said...

Happy Easter...let it be no status quo

tera said...

I like this. It's unsettling yet oddly satisfying.

Bethany Ann said...

find me an appropriately worshipful cuss word and i'll shout it right now! or how 'bout HALLELUJAH!?

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Praise God for the empty tomb. Christ, the Victor, Savior. Hell is furious--it lost.
Grateful for the victory, but keeping guard against the one that prowls like a roaring lion. He's imitation as long as I keep up my shield of faith in the empty tomb.

Just loved the "rolling stones". Couldn't help but chuckle along with a few others who made the same comment, Brian. That was my generation~long gone.

Have a Blessed Easter,
Janis

PattiKen said...

Wow, a rock-n-roll Easter. Good one, Brian.

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
Little? Little did you, say this poem say so much to me...Especially, these words:
"haystack's needle lost then
found, hearts re-beat & chains
unbound in grace today
& tomorrows a head on
collision with hope..."


Well, done and a Happy Easter!
Brian, to you and your family, and your readers too.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Patricia Caspers said...

a head on collision with hope! Yessir.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

this one has one pondering.

thanx for linking up!

alittlebitograce said...

there is no room
for status quo inside this hurricane

I love this line, especially the repetition. To be more than the status quo....

Evelyn said...

"epidermis, cellophane,
love wins, but only if you
let it begin"
huh, love this combination.

Magpie said...

Enlightening perspective, Brian.

Shanae Branham said...

Wow!! You can really write.