Saturday, July 16, 2011

d'Verse: answering avaritia

Kohl's department store
produces 1/3 less carbon dioxide,
that is how they keep prices down,
at least that is what the voice
on the in store speaker says

perhaps they make the fibers
in the clothes, linens and things
hold their breath, like some
enemy combatant strapped
to a water-board in an attempt
to extract vital intelligence

i know nothing of this,
i am here to buy curtains

once THEY remove the security
device, WE flee & i tear the cellophane
from the face, let them inhale, fresh
air, stretch flat once folded bodies,
rest them on clotheslines so they
can fly on the breeze

their corner label gives the thread
count like a meter, says they are
metaphorically infused & refuse
to ever bend once more to
consumer oppression

i sit by their window, listen,
then tell them about pub fries i met
once, served with a side of thick,
brown, beef gravy, though they were
already covered in chili, cheese,
sour cream & jalapenos.

they read poems they wrote
while hanging around & me

i am just happy they
match the decor.

I know we don't open the doors officially until Tuesday, but so many people are working hard to make this thing happen, Claudia and I thought, what better way to give an extra little boost of energy to get the pub completed than by providing a little break and maybe some entertainment. So, today at 3 pm EST, if you want to stop by d'Verse Poets Pub, maybe you can join in the fun. Just don't mind the dust, we are still working. 

 It is invitation only, so here is yours.

76 comments:

lynne said...

Well I'll be.. your sleeves have held a few secrets, no?.. I am excited.. have cancelled my date, ironed my new clothes and will be at dverse with a smile and a dust-rag(in case you need a helper)...

See, I said changes are good.. This is gonna be FUN!!!

Bonnie said...

3:00 p.m. - it's a date. Didn't know you were also a decorator!

Claudia said...

yep - let's put the brushes down, inhale some fresh air,drink tons of home brew poetry and dance on the tables until late.. can't wait to announce the wonderful team who's working hard behind the scenes to make this possible...and yes - i like the curtains you chose...smiles

Tara Miller said...

ahh yes, those pub fries were the best. Excited for the d'verse doors to open today! You've all put a lot of hard work into it and I know your visitors will not want to leave! :)

Heather said...

excellent - good for you - best of luck with the "pub" opening. Happy Saturday - :)

Daniel said...

Cool a new creative outlet for you. Have fun and good luck my friend!

Heaven said...

and how freely those curtains danced and flew to the words and poetry you wrote ~

can't wait to see the curtains and decor later :-)

thanks for the invite ~

DJan said...

I love this piece, Brian. ANOTHER outlet for you? You can't possibly be still working and get all the stuff done you already do, can you? I'll head over and take a look. You are amazing!

ScottF said...

what a GREAT piece man... beautiful work Brian!! You really ddo write well sir!

Eva Gallant said...

What a fun poem and what an imagination you have!

annell said...

A delightful write! Amazing! I would like to "hang around with you" but to read your write is the next best thing!

Valerie said...

I'm impressed.

TechnoBabe said...

Friendly curtains, certainly not enemy on water board. Thankfully.
The fact they match the decor is like the poem all in your brainiac head.

David Allen Waters said...

I'll never think of curtains the same again :)

happygirl said...

Please come over and have a chat with my curtains. They've given all their color to the sun and now don't look as vibrant as when I rescued them from the shelves of Pottery Barn. Oh, why don't they love me?

Pat Hatt said...

The cat may have to come take a peak
Although the food the cat does not seek
I'll just curl up my nose
But you know how that goes..haha
Nicely done with the decor as well
Bet your glad they talked back nice and didn't tell you to go to hell..LOL

California Girl said...

new curtains hung on the clothes line, fluttering in the breeze. smells delightful.

hedgewitch said...

You set the curtains freeee. Yay, my friend--and this is a wonderful piece. I will be there later with bells on, I was going to bring one of the redneck cowboy construction workers but I dumped him for a lefty poet.

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

avaritia..."once THEY remove the security device, WE flee & i tear the cellophane from the face, let them inhale, fresh air, stretch flat once folded bodies,rest them on clotheslines so they can fly on the breeze"

Hi! Brian...
"Metaphors" abound in your poem...this Saturday morning I not only read your "words," but I welcomed them...What an interesting read...What an interesting write too!
Thanks, for sharing!

[postscript: Thanks, so much for the invitation..."I accept!]
deedee ;-D

Daydreamertoo said...

Wonderful! insight into what material would think if it could convey its thoughts.

Took a quick peek at the new d'verse, looks like it'll be fun.
Hope I am invited.

Daydreamertoo said...

LOLOL Thank you, didn't want to have to clout you one~! hehehe

Natasha said...

Yay! What more can I say? Yay! Freaking Yay! (oh...and a fantastic write, Poet....but you knew that already!) See you at 3!

Teri said...

I didn't know you were working on a new site Brian. The things we find on blogs, right? I will be over there, looking later. The fries sound good. Love the perspective from the curtain's POV. You always know how to do that! And, I've heard the same recording over the speakers myself. I thought the prices were lower because the stuff is coming from China. And everything keeps breaking that I buy. Two pairs of shoes, a purse...watch out curtains!!

Laura said...

I. Love. This. It so makes me smile. And really? A poetry pub? I am there!

Pat said...

That was fun! Fries with cheese and a side of gravy is called "Poutine", a French-Canadian dish. Although I personally have never eaten it, my Canadian friends say it's delish!

LadyCat said...

I tend to give feelings to inanimate objects too. Sometimes when I'm shopping, something sreams at me, to tell me I need to take it home. At least that's my excuse ; )
Going to check out d'Verse...sounds great!

Steve E said...

Yup, man! I'm here, and will be THERE at 3 PM EST (does that mean 'estimated'?--grin!)

Now WHERE did I copy that URL?????

Steve E said...

I'll bring my violin--and wear a tux...AND my favorite patents!

... Paige said...

lol and here I thought they also sold stuff made from cotton, the breathable fabric

Ed Pilolla said...

i love i tell them about pub fries. it's that kind of playfulness, in addition to the rest of the playfulness that makes this so cool and breezy.

rosaria said...

You find poetry everywhere!

Betsy said...

thanks for the laughs. ha.

Glad your curtains can breathe now. lol. Hope they are all natural fibers...nothing man made 'cause that would just be so not PC. :)

those fries sound awesome...minus the gravy, I'm thinking.

good luck to you and claudia with the pub!

ladyfi said...

Best of luck with the grand opening. Hopping over there for a visit now.

Just Be Real said...

Oh wow Brian. I love fries, whether in a pub of Mac's. All the best with the opening dear one. How exciting for you. I did not know curtains could be so exciting as well. ;)

wolfsrosebud said...

Bet you could make anything come to life in words...

Ruthiey said...

Yikes, that class really did sound like a killer. thanks for the perspective.

This poem completely made my day. Thank you for sharing it.

Fred said...

Nice job Brian. Really some excellent writing here. Will stop by seeing it happens to be 3 right now, look forward to seeing the site

randallweiss said...

I will never look at my curtains the same way.

I'm glad yours match.

Louise said...

Oh, I love new curtains...blowing freshly in the breeze ;) Just love new beginnings me...*raises a toast* Hope Mr Linky's working.. ;)

chromapoesy.com said...

i tear the cellophane
from the face, let them inhale, fresh
air, stretch flat once folded bodies,
rest them on clotheslines so they
can fly on the breeze

their corner label gives the thread
count like a meter, says they are
metaphorically infused & refuse
to ever bend once more to
consumer oppression

Love this, thanks!

Beachanny said...

Quite a crowd at your table Brian and I thought I'd be early! Clothes holding down their breath and reducing the carbon inprint. I think we'll use old glass and fresh linens. The less to go to landfills. This is no plastic burgerjoint. This is THE place to meet. Thanks for all the hard work to fill the void we all were feeling.

Luke Prater said...

YES! I'm there, dude! Great opener. Great to be onboard, brother. I realised that you and I have been reading each others poetry without prompting for well over a year, before OSP began and everyone was doing Thursday Rallies. Wow... well if you can still put up with me after all that time.. hehe

Christi Moon said...

Brian-- I am so excited about your new poetic adventure. The new d├ęcor is a real delight! Cheers! C.

KLo said...

As a writer and a thinker, I enjoy the directions that what people read lead their minds to go in.

Crazy, but this got me thinking about how casinos pump in oxygenated air to keep people awake and ... well, gambling.

I really liked your poem :-)

Magpie said...

Brian, you are a maniac! I have heard that recording while shopping in Kohl's and I can tell you truthfully - never once did it prompt such thoughtful words in me. Of course, I didn't have those "pub fries" to inspire me.

thoughtsofapatcheduptraveler said...

I don't believe I've ever read a more eloquent description of someone's interactions with inanimate objects, specifically curtains. Fabulous. Even though I haven't talked to curtains (or won't publicly admit it), I found myself nodding as I read.

lori said...

Very fun, and I love that they shared their window with you and listened intently :)I am super excited about this new community. Hoping to learn a lot.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I stopped by to express my most heart-felt thanks to you, Brian, for all that you have done at OSP, and all that you have meant to emerging writers. I will not forget the time I have spent there, nor your continued dedication to the world of online poetry.

Many many thanks

oceangirl said...

light and easy, hope the fries are not greasy - blame mr hatt. thank you brian for bringing the joy and the love for words.

Snowbrush said...

I wish I could stop by, Brian.

velvetinapurrs said...

Great piece (as always!!) really enjoyed, love the idea of them writing your poems!

The Bug said...

Love the poem - now I'm off to check out the new site :)

Carys said...

Great poem to welcome in the new Brian. So pleased to be here for the birth, get the drinks in and we'll wet the baby's head. If you guys don't so that in the U.S. that's gonna make no sense whatsoever haha

Chris G. said...

Site's off to a lovely start, Bri! Not even opening day yet, and yet so many talented folks have turned out, flooding the walls with their beautiful works. It's a community service, what you lot are doing. Tip my hat to you, sir.

tracy said...

Mmmm....I like pub food. I'll have one of everything on the menu.

Joseph Hesch said...

Sorry for being so late to your "table," Brian. Family obligation. I enjoyed this piece very much. It's a fun ride from Kohl's to your house to the pub. Thanks for the piece and all you're doing.

Anna said...

Glad the curtains can breathe now and match!
Now I want some fries...

Margaret said...

I can hear all that hammering! :) Thanks for all the hard work - I appreciate it.

SandyCarlson said...

You amaze me. Yes.

Reflections said...

A bit late, but thought I would drop by on my way home from work. The place looks fabulous... and those curtains you selected are pure poefection. Think I'll make a few rounds on my way out.

Celestial Dreamz said...

sounds interesting! :-) and i appreciate all the hard work.

Margie said...

Such fun!
Loved it, Brain.
How do you manage all you do?
I'm very impressed!

Good luck to you and all the others on the new venture at d'verse!

Margie :)

Cinner said...

Liking this Brian, I will be popping by, I knew nothing of this site. you have been busy. take care.

Lorraine said...

gosh how amazing you make it all sound, I dig the breeze, I'm not a joiner though...
I wishI were

James Rainsford said...

Hi Brian, Thanks for the invite. Your opening poem sets a high bar for the customers of dVersePoetry. Looking forward to some great sessions of vino & verse.

haikulovesongs said...

really sorry i missed it!

Glynn said...

They cut down on carbon dixoide by not allowing customers to exhale until they leave the store.

No, seriously (I think), you captured that Kohl's experience, any shopping experience.

Uneven Stephen said...

Wow, I just love your description of living, breathing curtains, and your ensuing conversation with them. Awesome write!

Mark Kerstetter said...

The positive energy swirling around dVerse is impossible to resist. Cheers Brian. You're a good man to have liberated those curtains.

Victoria said...

What a fun poem, Brian. I'm so excited about this venture and happy to be a part of it. Cheers to you and all the imbibers of good verse and brew!

heartspell said...

always thankful for the little things like views of curtains flowing in the breeze... those fries sounded really enticing too! :)

Zouxzoux said...

This is great - a whimsical social commentary.

alivealwayz said...

beautiful use of metaphors, happy we all are for the new beginning and common interests we pursue.

jackie dick said...

I'll be there with my hammer and frayed jeans. Cheers!

Syd said...

I like this. Those curtains were in need of a deep breath no doubt.

Goofball said...

ooooooooooooh fries and gravy
sorry, you got me distracted there