Saturday, May 14, 2011

160/1SS - border patrol


do you live beyond the border
or contained
in the frame of  only what is
seen in the mirror

surface, your face
a million stories.

let me read them
to remind you.

What can you say in 160 characters? Say it, then tell Monkey.


The picture is by Fee Easton as part of One Shoot Sunday over at One Stop Poetry.

104 comments:

Anthony Desmond said...

sweet, that man's face certainly does tell a million stories...

dustus said...

living beyond that border... that gentleman's face certainly invites such speculation. Even more so, I really like the self-reflective aspect of your piece, especially how it prompts the reader to also reflect.

ds said...

Yes, at least a million stories in that face. Would we know if we lived beyond the borders of ourselves?

Pastor Sharon said...

Yes, there are definitely stories behind that photograph.

And it also makes me think about the frames we so often place ourselves in.

Monkey Man said...

Great 160 Brian. How did you get that photo of me? Thanks for playing.

♥ Braja said...

I live beyond the freakin' stratosphere, dude :))

It's a wonderfully huge universe out there...exploration totally recommended :)

Bernie said...

Poor fellow needs a spa day, then he could forget about all the bad stories and focus on the good....Hugs

adeeyoyo said...

...and, if anyone could tell the stories, it would be you, Brian. BTW, as we get older, it becomes harder and harder to disguise the life-stories on our faces!

David Allen Waters said...

I tend to hide behind my mask...it would be the stories once that is removed that would be most interesting.

a great reflective piece my friend

G-Man said...

Is that like thinkin 'Outside the Box'?
Nice 160 Son...

ladyfi said...

Terrific words and photos... A lined face has so many stories to tell.

Alice Audrey said...

This one goes really well with the picture.

- Alice

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Very well said.

Sue said...

That picture is great!

=)

Olivia said...

A wow 160 (yet again)
This one is so well written!

Very whimsical n unique..
Wishing you a beautiful Sunday xo

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thus is definitely a face containing a million stories.. and you have told one in the narrow scope of 160 spaces. Such a showcase of your skill.

Steve Murphy said...

Lovely reflective piece Brian - the flatness of the mirror surface compared to the ridges in the face - cold go on forever as could all his stories :)

Claudia said...

there are sure a million stories in every face and good on us if we manage to read 'em...i much like the living beyond the border part as well

Valerie said...

How interesting... that man's face almost inspired me to write. Among other things I saw humour in it but I own't say watch this space, just in case...grins.

John (@bookdreamer) said...

Went for the same pic as the man has had a life but went a different road!

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
Good Sunday morning to you...Do you live beyond the border?
Yes,
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

slommler said...

Fabulous image...it does tell a million stories for sure!!
Funny when you said "living beyond the border"! I am thinking of a town in my state called Columbus, NM. The border there is in constant state of war with drug dealers. The borders in our state cause us great sorrow and stress!!
Hugging you
SueAnn

Selina Kingston said...

Brilliant. If only more of us took time out to read those stories

TechnoBabe said...

Maybe a zillion stories on the face of this guy. Bet there are lots of interesting stories too.

Glynn said...

So many borders, too -- of a frame, a state, a country, a life. Good poem, Brian.

the walking man said...

I am way off the map...in that empty place that says "here be where dragons live."

Sh@s said...

Good one. A single face can tell so many stories.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

This photograph has a MILLION stories within it! I LOVE IT. Perfect words to compliment it Brian.

Heather said...

Great picure, yes, a face contains so many stories....it would be fun to peek into his! yes the blogout was nuts, glad you survived! have a great sunday - enjoy the fam! xo

Tara Miller said...

This is a good reminder for living outside our borders. These days it's all to easy to stay self contained with the busyness we create for ourselves. We all need to open our eyes to life beyond our own borders and truly live, share our own stories and make a difference.

Lolamouse said...

Great write, Brian! Sometimes we all could use reminding to step out of our self-imposed borders.

Raven said...

Very nice! Deep. Poignant. Me like. :D

elisasspot said...

Nice statement!

ayala said...

smiles....living beyond the border a good call to reflect.

annell said...

I think I came to New Mexico, because it is just beyond the border. So many people don't even know it is part of the US. So much the better. I would love to know what is on my face, for it is hard to read fro the inside.

Mama Zen said...

Outstanding!

DJan said...

What a picture, Brian! Your ability to put a few words together and tell a story simply amazes me.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Faces do tell a million stories don't they? :)

Brian Miller said...

yes jess, when we see them....

wolfsrosebud said...

Great expression of thought for this prompt...

Margaret said...

And he's still smiling!

Lorraine said...

Imagine...the possibilities
love this Brian

LadyCat said...

He has such character and a kind face. Everone has a story to tell...but some will take that story to the grave. Sad.

Dr. Heckle said...

That is one sexy dude...

Fireblossom said...

That fellow's untrimmed mustache is making me lose my appetite. Eeesh.

Kiera O'Brien said...

160 words with the depth of 16,000. Well done as always, Brian. I especially liked the inclusion of a mirror. It makes one think, what stories does he see in his own reflection? What do we see in ours?

Bossy Betty said...

Love faces like this and poems like that too.

BKP said...

Nice play on "borders" as our invisible barriers, Brian. Most of the time, we create what holds us back in our own minds.

-Pounds

Suz said...

I can see you writing that first line
the emotion that stirred a poem
that may have gone off in a different direction
as poems often do

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Brian,

The face in the photo really has a million stories to tell - stories of adventure, stories of bank robbery, stories of high jacking, stories of piracy, stories of big spending,stories of love and war. He appears to be very cheerful inspite of all the calamities he has faced. Surely there is a lesson for us. Calamities will come and go but we shouldn't lose the smile on our face.

Have a lovely Sunday,
Joseph

Zuzana said...

Love your short pieces the best.;)
Yes, each wrinkle and crease on my face has a story to tell and I would not have it any other way..
Hope you had a great weekend dear friend,
xoxo

Arron Palmer said...

"your face a million stories" is a stunning line. Absolutely magical.

trisha said...

very thoughtful brian.

have a beautiful sunday.

Cinner said...

I love the face and know there are so many stories in there. Funny how I am drawn to people like this. I feel we have so much to learn still from others. smiles.

lori said...

So, this is what I needed to hear today.

Have I reminded you how awesome you are lately? Well, you are.
:)

Pat Hatt said...

Maybe one might deflect
Instead of reflect
But by any means the picture does tell a tale
Heck prob fifty one could wail
And never go stale
As they are spread by the pail

moondustwriter said...

That was weird first time I came on I couldn't find a way to comment
Blogger is schizo

The face is classic as are the stories many untold

Happy Sunday
Hope the audition went well

Ann Grenier said...

Live beyond the border of our mirrors? I don't know; do any of us know the answer to your question? A thought provoking reaction to the photo.

tracy said...

There are at least a million stories in that face. Probably more.

Myrna R. said...

I try to live beyond the borders that the mirror displays. I guess we all have at least a million stories.

Sally J said...

Absolutely - well said, especially
' your face
a million stories.

let m'
me read them
to remind you.

blueviolet said...

I love the character found in the lines of faces!

Matt Coughlan said...

Dig philosophical poems like this one. Reflection on other people's stories is what connects as humans. Excellent work! :D

Alcina said...

That leaves me feel dumb..i just get to understand some parts..

Sophia said...

ha...I love what Braja said....now...where was I?......

Magpie said...

The picture itself took my breath away...until I read your first four lines. Wow...you hurt my head sometimes with your insight.

Kodjo Deynoo. said...

Let me read them to remind you, it is like the awaking, knocking us back into reality

Reflections said...

A fabulous story told... one of the millions beheld.

bumfuzzled said...

wonderful take on that photo, brian. much as I loved it, I could't get a handle on it, but. . . you did it with master's pen :)

Monty / bummy

JL Dodge said...

Great take on the photo !!
JL&B

hedgewitch said...

Beyond the twilight zone, my friend--lived there for years now, and I've seen that guy around. Had to come by even in my exhausted state, and thankfully you wrote something short enough for my tired brain, yet deep enough to think about for quite awhile.

PS I could have used those story-reading talents of yours last night--I read six Curious George books before my grandson fell asleep. ;_)

LeahJ.Lynn said...

I liked how you used the face to help tell the story. thank you for letting us know of monkey.

Chasing Tao said...

"do you live beyond the border or contained in the frame of only what is seen in the mirror"

What a poignant statement on humankind! How many live within the framework of what is seen in the mirror? And how many live/move beyond the confines of the physical shell?

So much, so much is missed these days by those confined to their shells...yet, there are those visionary minds, that can transcend this world of plastic and monopoly money and gaze into far off galaxies...

Loved it! Roger ☺

Penny said...

Beyond the border,
love it, so much meaning in such a short blast.

Chris G. said...

A fine choice - I felt I had to go with the bird prompt today, but I'll be having a little something up for this one tomorrow as well. It truly is a face possessed of a million stories - the haggard, worn, yet warm face of one that has seen much, and lives, perhaps, without regret...beyond the border of the physical.

Evelyn said...

great picture, another
good piece...

Victoria said...

That picture tells so many stories and I love what you did with it, Brian. You are so skilled with words.

PattiKen said...

Brian, I think you need a vacation. You're not looking so good...

Goofball said...

there's much more stories not captured by the frame of the mirror.

Helena said...

Only what is seen in the mirror is often times false...Your words spark my curiosity...oh what truth does lie beyond the borders...

Luke P said...

surface, your face... wunderbar

Margie said...

Oh, very good!
That picture goes perfectly with your 160!
Bravo!
I really enjoyed it!
And how do you manage to be so creative and post every day?
Well, you have many followers and they love it, so keep on writing!
A book, soon ....I hope!

Patricia said...

Nice to meet you Brian! I love your compassion to stop and read the stories to him as a reminder. What a way to honor this man.

Betsy said...

Worked an auction last week. A man came up to register that had served in WWII. Brought back a wife from Japan and he had photos in his wallet and a ton of stories to tell. I enjoyed listening to him go on and on as his eyes twinkled. :) Just lost his wife 4 years ago. All it took was one question from me and he was happy to have someone listen.

C Rose said...

So many stories in a face, I absolutely adored this write. "let me read them to remind you"...brilliant Brian! ~ Rose

secret agent woman said...

What an arresting face, a story in every line.

Daniel said...

Interesting picture. Each wrinkle invites a tale.

Lori said...

I love this Brian..living beyond the boarder...much like living outside the box...I love to read the stories etched on faces such as this one but so often find out there is much more then meets the eye.

ModernMom said...

Matches the pic of that face so perfectly!

KB said...

That's a face that's lived quite a life.

yellowhousecafe said...

I'm always amazed at your 160s...his face, those lines.. you've captured it brilliantly ~

Joanna Jenkins said...

That is the perfect photo for this Brian. Your words captured him perfectly.

Happy Sunday, jj

Zouxzoux said...

So much more character and mystery in a well-weathered face than one devoid of life's marks. You do this face a great justice with your words.

Thanks for stopping by my place and commenting.

haikulovesongs said...

"let me read them
to remind you."

i LOVE that! truly, an amazing poem and then to have managed it in only 160 characters? you ROCK, Brian!
dani

TALON said...

So true, Brian. That is definitely a face with stories tucked inside every line.

Alegria Imperial said...

Wow, Brian! How do you do this? How do you catch a million words spinning in a galaxy and set them in a few lines to tell a universe of a story like what's unsaid that you wrote in this poem? Such power!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Ha, there used to be a man who lived in our village who,even though was only 60 when he died, had the sort of face that could tell a million stories. This post reminded me of him.

CJ xx

Steve E said...

Thank you for reminding me. I will begin a series of those 'stories'...
PEACE!

rmpWritings said...

"your face/a million stories" I'd love to hear the all. though maybe some are better left forgotten...

jo said...
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budh.aaah said...

Ahh so beautiful...the sentiment.

Syd said...

Great photo. I wonder what he has seen in his lifetime.

Maggie May said...

A face full of character that seems vaguely familiar.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Really good one!