Monday, May 2, 2011

fill me with stories

Some of the greatest joys in this journey are the people that you get to share it with. One such person on my blog journey has been a very talented artist Tera of Olive Hue Designs. Last year, was privileged to write a poem about one of her pieces of artwork that was included in her submission for the Sketchbook Project.

Over the weekend, I received a treat by having her do a picture based on one of my poems, which you can view here. She also asked for another poem for this years Sketchbook Project, which is themed, "Fill me with stories." Below you will find the poem that I sent her last night. Thank you for the opportunity, Tera.

tearing pages from the book of me
i swirl sentences like spaghetti
on fork tips, taking mouthfuls of
words, i chew ingesting character
& memory, spice of my history,

those that came before me, dreams
tied round once propelled feet, eyelashes
wished upon mouths breezes, balloons
released to fates favor, the teddy bear
i never thought i would without sleep , these

paint me in color, number by number,
across blank canvas, chant cadence
in verse on souls barren journal pages
fill me with stories...
fill me with stories,

so i,
once upon a time,
can be.

69 comments:

annell said...

And you are! Thanks Brian.

Sandi McBride said...

You dear sir are a wordsmith! And your work becomes silver and gold...
Sandi

ayala said...

Your words I love and Tera's picture as well :)

Pat Hatt said...

Really well done pic
Doesn't it make you look all slick
Meh the words are ok too..LOL
Just kidding they are always done great by you
As Once upon a Time
You met a cat that could rhyme
Never knew that
Now your addicted, blame that on Pat

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

It has a dream like quality. LOVE it.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Once upon a time, I clicked over to your blog ......so glad I did!

JStar said...

I am constantly inspired by the "pages of you"

Laura said...

I have always said that you paint with your words! I love how Tera sees the art you craft. You guys make a great team.

Tabor said...

I am intrigued by the dance of the artists and glad to see you change leads as you fly across the floor.

David Allen Waters said...

congrats man....way cool. Great write;)

Scott said...

Nothing more flattering than when someone creates art from your art.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Great poem for a great picture. I can see how easy it was to get your inspiration.

I also agree that you meet some great people blogging and was just wondering how many people you visit on a daily basis....

tulpen said...

Have been a Tera fan for a long time now.

"sentences like spaghetti" love that image.

and now i'm hungry.

Cinner said...

Wonderful Brian, I am off to visit the link. swirl your words like spaghetti....it is always a pleasure.

Heather said...

oh this is so cool. two great artists working together....your words are fabulous here - paint me by color, number by number..what a cool collaboration. Now, if you could write my Madeline adventures! Enjoy the day - and yes, you are right, so many wonderful people to meet through the blog world! xo

Bossy Betty said...

What wonderful gifts you have given each other!

happygirl said...

I love the images this puts in my mind. I'm so glad you are filled with stories.

Stacy Uncorked said...

Such beautiful collaborations! And absolutely beautiful poetry. :)

tracy said...

So many talented people! I can't wait to see this one.

Pheromone Girl said...

I'm often amazed at how we see (and read) things so differently. Wonderful story - and wonderful illustration done by your friend!

Tara Miller said...

What an honor to have someone turn your words into a picture. Your two talents work well together. And yes, your life experiences and God given talent give us wonderful words to read as well as different perspectives on life.

Thanks for sharing your collaboration.

Mama Zen said...

Lovely, Brian!

tera said...

Oh Brian, this is very excellent. I will have to think long and hard to come up with something appropriate for this one!
I really appreciate your letting me borrow your talent :)

And thanks to everyone who came to visit from Brian's blog -your comments are a balm to my artist's soul...

hedgewitch said...

You just can't stop, can you? This is excellent, from the opening image of sentences twirled like spaghetti, to the closing refrain. A fine piece, brian.

Steve E said...

Once upon a time
I knew a guy named Brian
And on a higher level enhancement took place....

Th annual joining with Tera' art work make this a special day in May 2011.

Thank you, both!
PEACE!

(I'm barefoot also 80% of the time!)

Neva Flores said...

Incredibly awesome post Brian. Very vivid imagery here.

Daniel said...

Kind of ethereal today with this one. So cool.

budh.aaah said...

Oh Brian, such a beautiful piece
'so i,
once upon a time,
can be'

There are a couple of people here who can fill me with joy..or make me cry with mere warm words that they write....you are one.

TALON said...

Beautiful poem, Brian. I am certain Tera will find it totally inspirational!

rosaria said...

Oh, you are having fun feasting on words again. Buon Appetito.

Claudia said...

yes - and the pages of your journal are filled with pieces that breathe and live and brim over with warmth and color and the most adventurous smells...great collaboration bri

ladyfi said...

So beautiful!

drybottomgirl said...

This poem spoke to me like a soft breeze on the skin. Unexpected yet pleasing. It's awsome to see two very talented people working together to give others so much pleasure.....

Vicki Lane said...

Wonderful imagery!

AmyLK said...

I love it! Congrats on being selected again!

Eva Gallant said...

Love this and the images it conjures up for me!

L.L. Barkat said...

"fill me with stories,

so i,
once upon a time,
can be."

Oh! That's a poem in itself. I like that a lot.

Sue said...

Especially love the last line...

And the illustration of that other poem, too.

=)

Baino said...

Sweet, I love collaborations and they definitely aid creativity. Now if I can only find mine!

Mona said...

wow! I love this. And I just saw tera' beautiful painting with another beautiful poem!

Hope said...

as I was reading this, I imagined rainbows of colors being swirled around as your words lead me through, dreams, and lighthearted fantasies. Blank pages and canvas's awaiting the artists touch. i think I've just been inspired

thank you Brian!

formerlyonlyamovie said...

Love the last illustration and poem. This one will be cool. :-)

Friko said...

I'd listen to one of your stories any day.

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

"tearing pages from the book of me i swirl sentences like spaghetti
on fork tips, taking mouthfuls of
words, i chew ingesting character
& memory, spice of my history..."


Hello! Brian...
This poem is..."beautiful" I can just imagine the painting that will accompany this beautiful poem after following the link to view the beautiful painting that artist Tera, did Of your previous beautiful poem.
Once again, Thanks, for sharing your poetry.
DeeDee ;-D

Deanna Schrayer said...

Simply stunning, profound, thoughtful, just brilliant!

ds said...

Brilliant. I love the way the poem seems to swirl (just like the spaghetti, or pages torn from a book that are caught on the wind).
"so i,
once upon a time,
can be."

Thoughtful and beautiful. Thank you.

Pat said...

"I swirl sentences like spaghetti on fork tips"

Wow! And the hits just keep on coming!

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Very nicely done, but once again...

Josh Hoyt said...

That is a really cool picture. I love the poem. You are an amazing writer.

Sheila Moore said...

love the softness and simplicity of the lines in this one - all of the childhood story-book references work well

Caty said...

I never regret finding a few minutes to come read your latest stuff :)

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

A wonderful pairing.

trisha said...

fabulous poem brian. you truly are awesome.

Zuzana said...

I am a very visual person with great imagination, thus in my opinion images drawn with brushes or pencils being combined with images drawn with words is the best marriage in the world.;))
Beautiful dear Brian, so glad you met someone who can visualize your words.;))
xoxo

PattiKen said...

I'm just happy that you are filled with enough stories that they spill over to the rest of us on a regular basis.

Lorraine said...

You are extraordinary...and what a magnificent collaboration

Lorraine said...

Thank you Brian for introducing me to her, she is wonderful, I bookmarked her :)

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Barbara said...

Thanks for introducing me to Tera. She created a wonderful piece for the poem and she'll love this poem as well.
This is going to be fun!

Rebecca S. said...

Great collaberation with the artist. Her graphic novel style seems to suit your work very well...will there be more?

slommler said...

And ever after....so let it be!!
Stories and process....that is the richness of life.
Congrats on the collaboration. That is sweet!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Magpie said...

Brian. I am hard pressed to say this, but I do believe this is my favorite one of your so very many wonderful pieces. This flows beautifully and speaks to me deeply. It says so much of what I love about words. Bravo!

lorely said...

I can hear you reading this to your children at night...beautifully done...I sense a children's book in the writing...one of colorful imagery and poetry

Myrna R. said...

Your poems never cease to impress me. Your source is incredible. How many stories can one man produce? I guess there's no limit.

Barbara said...

The way you bring words to life continually amazes me (and fills me with envy - but in a good way, don't worry!)

Syd said...

You have a lot of stories to tell. I am sure that your prose is as good as your poetry.

haikulovesongs said...

{shivers} this is my favorite of all your writing so far, Brian. beautiful!

Pastor Sharon said...

Amazing! Tera created a piece of art for my birthday from an order Amy sent. It is beautiful and sits on my desk. . . a tribute to my relationship with my mother.

Goofball said...

love the spaghetti image