Sunday, June 26, 2011

Poetry Jam: You too?


She said "Time is irrelevant, it's not linear"
Then she put her tongue in my ear

Which let's face, is pretty gross, unless
done with finesse, the lobe, rim or down
the tender lines of the neck, perhaps just
with the tip, mmmm..., but a full on
plumb dive inside without determining
the last time a Q-tip nipped the crust and
then try to go in for a kiss---

Why is this all of a sudden feeling like
a political rally? You know they kiss
more than babies these days, nor are
they above tonguing your ear with
what ever you want to hear to get
you to pull their lever, even send you
pictures of chest hair, perhaps just to
prove they have some, what with all
the time they have on their hands---

Is that really what is on their hands?

(Strategic pause for everyone to go
to the bathroom and wash you hands,
brush your teeth or...no pushing,
keep the line orderly.

A brief announcement while we wait,
waffle breakfasts will be held on the
white house lawn frequently, now that
it is campaign season)

The future needs a big kiss,
winds blow with a twist
, just make
sure you do more than read lips,
know where they have been last, votes
cast, and please, keep you tongue out of
my ear canals, be-a-cause, time is knot
linear but round and round, dilapidated
merry go (or not so) round, as long
as we treat it irrelevant---

How long, how long must we sing
this song


Written for Poetry Jam, where I am hosting this week, giving everyone the challenge to write a poem using the line from a favorite song or to write about a favorite song. After seeing U2 last week, I was inspired to use a montage of their lyrics. 

No line on the Horizon (2009)
Get on your Boots (2009)
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1983)

91 comments:

Slamdunk said...

I enjoyed it Brian--despite the imagery of tongue in ear which will be difficult to shake for awhile.

KB said...

Ewwww, I hate tongue in my ear.

CM said...

Ewwww......just kidding.

Awesome, rock on. I felt like I was on a train that wouldn't stop. This would be cool to hear it actually spoken out loud!

CM said...

Ha! KB and I had were thinking the same thing!

Pat Hatt said...

Nasty tongue in ear
Oh that is just something I don't want to hear
All germy and such
And as you say what if one doesn't use a q-tip much
Just gives me the shakes
I'll take earthquake
Oh and yeah it's firmly planted in ones ear
And a cheek or two also I fear
For they have to promise this and promise that
But once they win sweep it under the mat

5thsister said...

Politics as usual. Please remove your tongue from my ear and your hand from my pocket thank you very much.

Helen said...

Official ~ your U-Two poem rocks.

Also official ... something must be wrong with me ... I love little ear nibbles (including the occasional errant tongue tip)

Don't tell anyone.

Brian Miller said...

ha, you are alright in my book helen...dont get me wrong the tip is ok, even a nibble...just dont go digging deeper...lol

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Ewwwww!lol Great poetry, Brian! You're tempting me. I think I'm gonna have to try my poerty skills one day.

lori said...

How long? How loo-ooo-ooo-oooong... okay, I could keep going, so I better stop, but of course, I love this. Oh, politics, such a game it is. And, it's not even a very creative or clever game at that. It does feel forced upon us, and you made that point well. Nice nod to U2. They are definitely an endless source of inspiration :)

ds said...

From Deep Throat to Deep Ear, eh? (where did i put the Q-tips?) Great fun, great point, great band. Great poem. Thanks.

Christine said...

It's all just a playground out there, isn't it?

farmlady said...

I think you should call this .
This will be even better spoken.

farmlady said...

The blogger editors took my name for your poem out of my first comment. Imagine that.... and it was a good one.

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

U2 has powerful lyrics and great music - good choice for inspiration! like you need a source, uh?? ;)

ladyfi said...

Great imagery!

Josh Hoyt said...

hmmm nice well not so nice imagery. I like the craziness of the poem and the round and round thoughts that come to my head :)

Cinner said...

Wonderful Brian, you were so lucky to see them in person. and that ear thing, last time I was kissed like that it was the dog....lol. beautiful imagery. Thanks for all the kind wishes, it meant a lot Brian. Thank you.

Tabor said...

Okay, you now must start selecting these for a book!

signed...bkm said...

You got me with the waffle breakfast....and a tongue full of syrup and lies...agreed enough with the waffles....bkm

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

That was a lot of fun!

And thanks for your fun limerick contribution to this week's Limerick-Off!

Celestial Dreamz said...

lol ... :D ... another superb piece of writing.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Urgh! Yukaroo.

Love the image though. You know I"m a HUGE Bono/u2 fan

Sex, Drugs and Bacon Sandwiches said...

Tongue in ear you said?!! I'm with Helen ;)

Dave King said...

That bowled me over. I've never used the word before, I always swore I never would, but... here goes... awesome! There, I've said it, but don't tell anyone.

jabblog said...

This has a terrific rhythm - I really enjoyed it.

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

"The future needs a big kiss,
winds blow with a twist, just make
sure you do more than read lips,
know where they have been last, votes cast, and please, keep you tongue out of my ear canals, be-a-cause, time is knot linear but round and round, dilapidated
merry go (or not so) round, as long
as we treat it irrelevant---"
How long, how long must we sing
this song..."

[I really appreciate your play words too!]

Hi! Brian...
Once again, this is a words to comes to mind post:unscrupulous, politicians,telling you,what you want to hear,promises,broken,entice,metaphor,U-2,Brian,concert,and Thank-you,
deedee ;-D

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

ah...I forgot the most important words Of all...Poet, Poetry Jam, ans thank-you, again!

Zuzana said...

Brian, only you can manage so eloquently to mix sensual expression of love and desire and politics.;)
I hope all is well with you, I am off on a break as I simply can not find the time to blog these days.;))
Have a great summer dear friend and I will see you soon.;))
xoxo

slommler said...

My ear feels wet and violated now!! Ha!
Great imagery!
And appropriate pairing for sure
Hugs
SueAnn

Arts web show said...

Lol, i'm liking the humour in this one Brian

Lorraine said...

Exceptional and Yuk!

sheila said...

We'll sing it at least every two years, lol. And loudly on every fourth.

Now I need my Purell.

Vicki Lane said...

Tongue in ear -- we have a dog like that -- we call him Bob Packwood -- remember him -- another politician who liked to spread the love -- and who knows what else.

Really good one, Brian!

Louise said...

The future does indeed need a big kiss, but not in the ear perhaps..lol..how many e's in eeewwww... :D

Daniel said...

"Winds blow with a twist" - this bit really jumped out at me. Strong sentiments here.

Laurie Kolp said...

Wow! I get it...

Heaven said...

Mixing politics with music... very creative. I find your politics though very lively and entertaining- it is like watching a reality show.

Though I would rather have a tongue in my ear, then having a dentist sticking his instrument in my mouth. I am feeling much better - thanks~

Bagman and Butler said...

The tongue in ear imagery is absolutely perfect! Delightfully memorable and appropriate to politicians who master the technique. And you expand on the initial imagery so well!! Q-tips and all, I love it.

happygirl said...

Love the idea of Poetry Jam, but since I'm not a Bono fan the lyrics were lost on me. Please don't think less of me, but I know you will. :)

the walking man said...

All of those sons a bitches are going to be trying for the next 14 months to tongue your ear, open your wallet while distracted and for what...to get their brand of lie past your eyes.

John (@bookdreamer) said...

You know what I have never knowingly heard a U2 track so have no idea why they are so, so important in pop/rock music. Hence today, over my head except for the image - itchy ears anyone?

Valerie said...

Yuk!

ayala said...

Awesome, Brian. I'm not sure about the tounge in the ear :-)

Lynne said...

Tongue in the ear...well that has possibilities..haha.. JK.. great write and love the U2 references. They are one of my top bands.. i had fun reading this!!

nsiyer said...

Depends on whose tongue on the ear???

Well written and poetic.

hedgewitch said...

This one takes on all comers to pretension, and you've totally nailed the grossness of silly season that's beginning as we cycle into our next election feeding frenzy. "They kiss more than babies" no kidding.

ModernMom said...

LOL I'm with your other fans...tounge n the ear is a very strong image:)

Heather said...

yes, this is funny! i use q-tips everyday to wash away all of the stuff they throw our way! lol - everything gets too political even our fav bands like U2 -

AmyLK said...

ewwww. the imagery of the ear thing. shiver.....

undercaws said...

Tongue in the ear...ick. You do provide an avid description of possible technique, though. Lots of practice? LOL

Someone is Special said...

tongue in the ear??? and how long how long.. eternity would be my answer..

Someone is Special

Fireblossom said...

Until this moment, I have never been thinking about wax when someone put their tongue in my ear. Up until now, I quite liked it. Now I'll think of you and your wax. Thanks a lot.

Pat said...

The older I get, the less I like the idea of tongue in the ear. Tongue other places? YES! But now I have to poke the image of wax on the tongue out of my mind's eye. Thanks for that!

Beachanny said...

Great interaction and visuals here, Brian. Love and politics - nothing may be fair there. But they should keep away if not invited.

You even have poems in your comments column. Wow!
Thanks for everything. Gay

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Excellent! HUGE, BIG MESSAGE. So true..sad BUT true.

The ear "thing" CLEARLY has two sides...you did a good job nailing the sensual AND yuk...the nasty!


U2 rocks!!!

Sue said...

Excellent, Brian.

This one is a perfect hit.

=)

Claudia said...

well...a tongue in the ear done with finesse..hmmmm - love and politics, how did you again manage to connect...yes remember - it was the Q-tips..they're so useful..off to the bathroom now to clean my ears...lol

Bev said...

awesome photo of bono. whoo-wee!!
you must still be reelin' and rockin'...

tarunima said...

excellent piece of poetry!

Victoria said...

Brilliant, just brilliant. Wish I could think of some new superlative adjectives to describe this, Brian. So clever with the title. So tongue-in-cheek. Only thing, I wish I hadn't been nibbling on lunch while entertaining the image of earwax. I dread the upcomng campaign season.

Tara Miller said...

tonguing your ear and politics....awesome!!!! ;)

I loved the U2 concert. It was amazing

Fred said...

Awesome job Brian. Anytime I've done something like this it takes a while for me to do. So, if it did take you as long, or as close to as long as it did for me, well it was worth the time spent. Awesome job, really enjoyed it, thanks:)

Matt Coughlan said...

So I was going down this poem road and then~~


Woooooooooooosh! I'm going in a completely new direction. Which is super! I dig the metaphor of the ear thing too, since it's a perfect description of allegiance to a politician: something you think might be kinda hot, and then you realize, wait, this is just the same old "power corrupts" crap we've been dealing with since chieftains started wearing peacock feathers on their heads and rolling heads down sharp inclines. Groovy! :D

Mama Zen said...

Brian, that be some vivid imagery!

Margie said...

Great imagery, Brain.
I liked it!

Margie :)

LadyCat said...

Reminded me of "wet willies". That's what they called it when someone would stick a wet finger in someone's ear, when we were kids. Very disgusting!

That Janie Girl said...

Well, aren't you the clever one?
I like U2...

but the tongue in ear without checking for signs of wax...

ummmmm....no. thank you! ;)

blueviolet said...

Did you have to leave all of us with that picture? lol

william said...

another cracker Brian, was never a lover of U2, but you painted a superb picture...

Jannie Funster said...

You saw U2 last week!!!!! So lucky.

I'm drinking beer and eating mesquite potato chips here at the library and so far keeping the homeless guys' tongues out of my ear!! :)

xo

Tina said...

This is brilliant, Brian. #$%^ing brilliant. Perhaps I should drop the F-bomb,, Bono did ;-) LOVE how you used their lyrics to make your point. I'm a big U@ fan and totally jealous you got to see them.
Tina @ Life is Good

Betsy said...

my ear feels all wet and weird now...lol....

oh the politics...it's just starting! ha.

adeeyoyo said...

I loved the touches of humour in this, Brian. Ears can be very sensitive, lol! I love Bono.

emily wierenga said...

loved it, .... the first stanza made me squirm a bit :) but really enjoyed the waffles on the lawn! i'm so jealous you got to see u2 live... i saw them when i was 19...

Peter Goulding said...

Very well done Brian. I used to enjoy making fun of Bono's lyrics but no more...

flaubert said...

Brian, I'd much rather go to a U2 concert, than deal with the politics I see on tv daily. Nice write.

Pamela

haikulovesongs said...

great political commentary written with musicality.

as far as the tongue and ear wax.....eeeeeeewwwwww!

Pseudo said...

I love U2. It was our road music both times hubs and I road tripped before kids.

Great poem Brian !

Ash said...

Good one!

Mary said...

Tongue in cheek. Oops, I mean EAR. Politics - what has it come to? Get out the camera I guess and take pictures! Nice write, Brian! Lucky you to have seen U2!

trisha said...

very well written brian.

Sophia said...

Ummmm....no comment. :D

Always a good read here in your blog world!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Such a fine example of political satire I have not read in a long time, Brian... I clapped my hands when I reached these lines:

nor are
they above tonguing your ear with
what ever you want to hear to get
you to pull their lever....

So clever, and well-maintained through to the end.

Raivenne said...

Bravo and ewww!

Chris G. said...

Wait...you saw them last week? Nice. They were just in East Lansing, here in Michigan, on Sunday. Goodness. We imported like 60,000 people (I'm not kidding) from all over the state for that. More than the population of the town or the campus (but not combined, of course). Never seen my town so crowded!

Karen said...

Love U2 and this poem; hate that wet ear stuff, politics/politicians. As I read this, I thought about The Walking Man. Glad he was here!

Margaret said...

...strategic pause... LOL

Unable to participate this week... very busy summer schedule this week .. kids are keepn' me hoppin'. I did think it was a GREAT prompt, though! :)

Goofball said...

we must sing this song very very long


how was the concert?

Lolamouse said...

Very cool use of the U2 lyrics despite my being totally grossed out by the tongue diving into ear canal imagery. YUCK.

Syd said...

They have too much time on their hands I think. Monkey business with all of our money.