Thursday, September 15, 2011

55 - The middle of somewhere (Post #1000)



At the creek bend,
a fallen tree supports
our cross to the cliffs

where a geo-cache hides
among loose rocks, a box
with pen & paper to
sign in.

I sit, reading their names,
each one proclaiming
'I was here.'

And isn't that our common
desire?

Someone to notice,
and remind us, we too
are here.


Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go see G-man.
Over at dVerse, Claudia and I are talking critique and OPP...yeah you know me.

So, this is post # 1000...I never would have imagined nearly three years ago when I started that I would get to here, and that I would find you here as well. I have met so many wonderful people along the way. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

I don't have much to give in the way of a fancy giveaway to mark the occasion, except of course my words. So, while I realise this will take months to complete, I invite you in your comment to add something you would like for me to write on, a topic or theme and I will do it, just for you.

Thanks again. Much love.

b

87 comments:

Bonnie said...

Wow Brian - a thousand post and close to a thousand followers. Congratulations!!!

What a lovely gift you have offered. I need a bit of time to think of something worthy enough for your consideration and talent. I'll be back ...

Mama Zen said...

Congratulations on 1,000! I hope to read at least 1,000 more.

Pat Hatt said...

Hmmm did I just step into a soap opera, what's with all the love..hahaha
Oh it fits you like a glove
1000!!! that's a ton
Also your number three I've seen lately with that many under the blogland sun
And as you can see with this cheer
I Was Here

You can do most anything so I thought what would be the most boring thing ever and came up with the classic "Watching paint dry" that's on a wall too, not a canvas so no cheating..haha

Mijayami said...

Nice 55. Yes, I think we all want and need to be reminded from time to time that we are here...

Congrats on Post 1000! An admirable achievement and I am glad you'll be sticking around for a while :) My topic request: hope.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Congtrats on your 100th post Brian. WQhat a milestone.

pink dogwood said...

congratulations!!!

just write from your heart like you always do. sorry haven't been around much - hope to stop by more often :)

Cheryl said...

#1000 with a bullet. Loved the rhythm and message of this one.

I'd love to read something you've written about fun times with one or both of your kids.

Tara Miller said...

It is nice to be noticed... recognized. I think it is something we all desire but don't always give so freely. Merely being "present" in a conversation or when spending time with others is usually enough - I mention this because I know it's important but find myself needing to actually "be present" at times. Hope that makes sense.

Congrats on your 1000th post love! What a special milestone to hit - you have such talent and hope you continue to write and touch lives through doing so. love you forever...

Patricia said...

Oh, dare I ask?... would you write something on the monarch butterfly? It would make my heart "flutter." If you need any inspiration, go look at the monarch tab at my place.

Congratulations Brian on your #1000. You make everyone feel significant with your comments and your visits... it's a lot better than a geo cache list. =)

Myrna R. said...

Brian, congratulations. I often find myself thinking of you and how well you write, how often you write and wonder where you get the time and array of topics. You are so gifted and truly your gift to us is your written word. Thank you.

It's so amazing to me that someone so young (from my perspective) and so far away could influence my life like you have. I attribute my newfound love of poetry to you. Thank you again.

I wish I could think of a topic with depth and challenge but I can't. All I can think of now is that maybe you can write about endless possibilities because you represent that to me.

Monkey Man said...

Quite the geo cache.

hedgewitch said...

Congratz, and I am both amazed and not surprised you made it to post one thousand, all of them worth reading. You already write the poems I'm wanting to hear before I even know I do, so seems silly to bother asking you to do what you do anyway. Thanks for all the support and all the words along the way.

Pat said...

Wow - that's quite an accomplishment! 1,000 poems! Tons of creative ideas! Congrats!

LadyCat said...

Wow...1000...Congrats! I can't think of a topic, you do so well on your own. I like this one. We all want to leave our mark and feel validated and appreciated. I think you do that with so many bloggers, by visiting all of us and leaving such encouraging comments.

Zeba said...

Congrats on the big big BIG number. :-) And it is what our heart desires. Sigh. And I am going to think of something for you to write on. Your words are truly special and I want to think of something just as great for you to invest your time on. :-)

Bonnie said...

Back with my request for a future poem, well two ...

1) the state of america

2) brian's most embarrassing moment

:)

happygirl said...

Wow! 1000 posts. You are a prolific and wonderful writer. I'm so glad I've been around to read so many of the 1000. And, I want to go geocaching. I think it sounds FUN.

Titanium said...

Congratulations on #1,000! Impressive enough in its own right, but then considering that each one has been so packed full of meaning, thought, attention, emotion and care- this is no small feat, my friend.

I have to echo Hedgewitch when I say that you capably cover so much pertinent ground that eventually, you will speak to every topic. Since you asked, though, perhaps sometime you would consider writing something about one of my photographs? I'll keep wielding the camera until you find one that you just *have to* run with.

All the best to you as you pen the next 1,000...

otin said...

You can start a Brotin tale! :)

rosaria said...

Congratulations! A thousand entries, each one stronger than the previous, each a memorable read.

Nikki Rules said...

We do have an undying need to tell people we were there. Blogs are the perfect example of our desire to leave traces behind... And you've left your trace a thousand times behind you... ;)

blueviolet said...

You've been doing this for 3 years? Wow!!!! Congrats on hitting 1000!

haikulovesongs said...

congratulations on 1000, Brian!

rather than a new poem, i would love for you to post your first poem:

"5 hours by waystationone"

it is one of my favorites of yours and almost impossible to believe it was your first poem.

brilliant from the beginning! *hugs* d

ayala said...

Congratulations, Brian. Your words are a gift to all of us. I feel fortunate to have met you..you have a generous spirit..you always offer a kind word, encouragement and you are always there, thank you.

G-Man said...

1000 on a 55? KISMET!!!
That 'stuff' in the Geo-Cache looks like the subject of my 55 tonight.

Congratulations Son, I'm only 348 ahead of you and I've been doing this blogging bit for nearly 6 years!
Of course you can type fASTER!
Thanks for playing, thanks for your HUGE support, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Fred said...

Brian, great write, I know I've said it on more than a few occasions, but I love the discipline and expertise you show in these shorter pieces, always amazes me how much you put in there. To answer your question, yes, is.

Also, congrats on the 1000. That is a mega-acheivement for certain.

As for the request, well I think you'd knock this one out of the park: You weave killer long forms/short stories so with that in mind, I love the work you do for those less fortunate and the way you promote a very healthy upbringing for your kids. SO on those notes. How about a flat tire going through a bad neighborhood, you see some people who look like they need help, but when you get there you find out the father has died and this child is all alone, but upon further look is it really human at all. I know it's kind of out there- but I think you'd do a great job with it- if you choose to. Anyhow, great write and again, congrats

Daniel said...

Freakin' awesome dude. I have really savored the journey as I spend a few minutes each day with you. I love your company and the visions and thoughts you usher into my mind. Blessings.

kaykuala said...

Brian,#1000 in 3 years and just as many followers! Congratulations! Your energy and time expended is awesome, not to mention skills and talent! Sure glad to have stumbled on to you. On your offer, a request to highlight 'Hunger and food scarcity' facing the world in future. Thanks for the opportunity.

Hank

Heaven said...

And I love your words and your posts.

I had to read all your archives since I have only been your follower for the last 3 months (seems longer though).

Congrats on this milestone.. and we are blessed by your visit and encouraging comments on our blogs.

More power to you ~

formerlyonlyamovie said...

Congratulations on 1000. I love the consistency of your voice out there.

Thanks!!

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

"So, this is post # 1000...I never would have imagined nearly three years ago when I started that I would get to here, and that I would find you here as well. I have met so many wonderful people along the way. Thank you for joining me on this journey"
Hi! Brian..."Congrats!" and you are very welcome and your gift is your winning personality, your warmth, caring about your fellow mankind/womankind, people, and friendliness too!
Cont...

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

Now, to your 55 words..."Someone to notice,and remind us, we too are here.

And isn't that our common
desire?"


I would have to say...yes that is what the human race share I hope!
[the image compliment your words perfectly too!]
Thanks, for sharing!
deedee ;-D

Mary said...

Brian, congratulations on Post 1000! A wonderful achievement. I agree with your poem. It gave me chills. We all want someone to notice we were here, that we mattered. You are good at letting others know that you notice; and I commend you for that...as well as being a darned good poet!

Suz said...

very nice

congrats on your 1000 post

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Wowza! 1,000 pieces of Brian Miller - what a wonderful thing the Internet is that we never would have known such talent. I think we are all right here in the middle of somewhere (special)!

Eva Gallant said...

I love reading your posts. I don't always understand them, but they are always a beautiful read. Keep up the good work!

JeannetteLS said...

Your work frequently hits me smack at the core--what more could I ask of poetry? Your giveaway means more than you may know. Two years ago I was in the endless mountains, PA... I drove out of some primary forestland into a clearing and pulled off the road. I was looking straight OUT to the tops of other mountain, decimated by a fire-- nothing but charred tree skeletons sprouting from the faintest hint of a new green carpet. I have tried to write the feeling ... I can't. You are a poet. Maybe you could?

PattiKen said...

Congratulation on rehang such a milestone, Brian. Wow.

You geocache? Ever been letterboxing?

Margaret said...

Ah, Brian, it's just the beginning. "Smiles".

How about how you met your wife. If you have already done that, direct me to the post.

Teresa said...

What a huge accomplishment!

izzy said...

Ah-ha, recognition! What a fun story.
Yup writing is what we do; and I do enjoy all the reading, writing and commenting-thanks for visiting, it is appreciated.

Alice Audrey said...

Of course we do. Otherwise, what's the point?

lori said...

First, congratulations!

Second, I don't know what geo-caching is, but I keep hearing people talk about it. This is the most explanation I've heard. Sounds interesting.

Third, This is a sweet and generous way to thank those that read here, though I already enjoy your topics so I'd just like more of the same. However...

I am about to stretch your generosity by asking you to post an audio of you reading any of your poems. I know. I know. This isn't exactly what you offered, so feel free to throw this comment out. I just thought I'd give it a try :)

Congrats again, and here's to your next 1,000!

Ruthiey said...

first of all CONGRATS ON 1000!!!!!!

second, that is so true.... I want someone to know I was here, for the right reasons.

As for what you should write about, I always love it when you write about your family because I feel the love you have for them in every word. I know that's not new, but I can't think of a thing this late at night. God's blessings on you, friend. :)

JeannetteLS said...

Brian, you do justice to any topic you choose to write about. And I hope you enjoy a juicy pluot--make sure it's a soft pluot, and do NOT get plumcots. I think those are cheap imposters. Again, congratulations. I wish you'd publish a book now.

Teri said...

I've heard of so many people who do those geo-cache things. It sounds like a lot of fun, especially for someone who likes to explore and see new things. But, in reality, you are absolutely right: they do it because they want to be noticed by someone, anyone. I think that you don't need a give-away! People come here because of you and your writing. You give yourself away each and every day! And I am happy to receive!!

KB and Whitesnake said...

Congrats! Love the way you write.
Don't have a topic for you, just keep on doing what you are doin :)

KB

HyperCRYPTICal said...

You are definitely 'here' my friend and the world is much richer for it. Congrats on Post#1000!

Anna :o]

adeeyoyo said...

Excellent! Congrats! 1000 posts - Brilliant, Brian.

We do need validation of our existence, that's true...

I'm with Otin on my request. Please give us some Brotin tales again... pleeze...

Valerie said...

I get a lot of pleasure reading visitors' books before making my entry.

A thousand congratulations, Brian.

SueAnn said...

Yes! Everyone just wants to feel special!! Just once...that we matter and that we are noticed in this big wide world.
Congrats on 1000! That is so cool!
Hugs
SueAnn

Drizel said...

One of my close friends bought a T-shirt that said I AM HERE> we all need to be noticed, or remembered:) Congrats on the milestone, I am very new on your blog, but its been a good read:)

Dave King said...

Very profound thoughts. Impressive post.

annell said...

Just the best. I lick the sweetest from my fingers, a sticky treat! Thank you Brian.

Lorraine said...

I love this so much, and how grateful I am that you are still here, never go away

Daydreamertoo said...

Chloe loves doing that here where we live. Great fun to find them!

Congratulations on the 1000 Brian. Here's to many, many more 1000's

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Brian! Your topics are diverse and that is why I pop in...to see what you are writing about in regard to work, daily happenings, life with T and boys, politics etc. KEEP it up...write what is on your heart and what you FEEL.

oceangirl said...

Congratulations Brian, and thank you. When I think about it, our blog is our I was here on the cave wall. I would love you to write more and on and on about your Tara. And your dream of sailing:)

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Okay, I thought about this. I would like you to write something about rain because I love rain, and I live in the desert. I have a play list of almost 100 songs about rain to play on rainy days that I haven't played yet. One of my favorite things is hearing a train in the distance on a rainy day or night - the rhythmn of it and the whistle blowing in the distance. Or you could write about puke. I bet you can even make puke beautiful. :-)

Justin said...

I like how this one reads. It flows well.

Jyoti Mishra said...

hey Brian..
hw u doing ??

well I am so glad today I am here to comment on ur 1000 post :)
I've been busy in past few weeks, missed several of ur posts.

"the middle of somewhere" was n awesome read.

Congratulations once again !!!

Celestial Dreamz said...

well it's the beginning and I am sure you would keep writing so much more ... so many more ... all the best. .... and thanks for sharing such an impressive piece. yes that's what we desire ...

lime said...

wonderful observation about one small way we seek to mark our existence.

and congrats on post #1000. here's to many more from you!

Maggie May said...

Congratulations, Brian, you are doing very well!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Joanna Jenkins said...

A gigantic high five on your 1000th post. That's truly amazing and a lot of wonderful reading for us to all enjoy. Here's to 10,000 more.

I've never geo-cached before but the more I hear about it the more I want to try it.

Have a great weekend, jj

seasideauthor said...

Gosh, I do not how you kept life out of the way long enough for 1000 posts. Awesome record! I have college age folks and still kids are kids always. Never enough time. I enjoy your reads and hope for another 1000 or more.

Kitty A. said...

1000th post,
1000 footsteps left behind,
Such achievement only belongs to someone brilliantly kind...

Your blog is grand.
keep it up and beautiful.

Sue said...

Yep, we all need that, for sure.

Well done!

And happy 1,000, Brian.

All quality posts.

=)

Claudia said...

oh wow bri...the middle of somewhere...1000 posts that's just awesome...and i'm looking forward to round two..smiles
so funny...one of the guys on the business trip always disappeared into the landscape for some time...and finally he told me he is doing geo-caching..and once he had to climb into a cave and rob 100 meters (without a chance to turn around...ugh...frightening..) to find this note to sign in...and now you're writing on this...metaphorically of course and yes..that's our common desire, leaving our name to say we were here...and this is why i'm writing long comments...so you see..i was here...and i would've brought a bottle of champagne to celebrate...smiles

Claudia said...

goodness...just realized....to rob means something different than in german....i mean he had to crawl...see..i'm exhausted..i better do no crit today...

Mona said...

Yaay! for the 1000th!

Yea, I would like to know that I was there too! :)

Heather said...

Congratulations - wow 1,000 posts! That is an amazing milestone. you should be so very proud of yourself...it's been a pleasure meeting you and reading your words...
My choices for topics? - so many ideas - I love what what you write... but, i do like reading romance ( as most girls do) and the "bux" of course! lol
celebrate with the family tonight!

Lydia said...

One thousand happy wishes to you and your blog, Brian. That is a phenomenal marker. And this post? Oh, I loved it. I have been on only one hike where there was a sign-up sheet and it was what you described here. Thank you for this special place in the blogosphere.

My request: I wonder if you might shine a light on the anonymous homeless teens on our city streets. (If you have already done so, please point me to that particular post of the 1000 here!)

yellowhousecafe said...

Dig your 55. Geocaching is so interesting in that way, so many strangers coming together, finding treasure.

Congrats on 1000! Amazing ~

LauraX said...

indeed.

Ed Pilolla said...

the middle of somewhere is a beautiful place to be. congratulations, dude.
you ended this 1000th piece with two firm feet planted in the ground. i especially liked the last few steps. it had a boom-boom rhythm and shake.
i have no suggestive themes, only to encourage that which moves you. but if i had to come up with something, keep writing what you see at this point in the journey.
cheers:)

Strumpet said...

I like your 55. I like it a lot. I mean, so often that truly is all an individual wants, to be all "Yo, I AM HERE." For a long time, only until very recently, that is what it said on my blog under the About Me section, "I am here." I recently changed it because I question that. Am I truly here? Because then that "I" has to be truly defined, and I'm not sure I see the self as something truly defined. Which is exactly why we all want to say "I am here." To somehow make it more concrete in our selves that there truly is an "I." Sometimes the "I" is just an invention, a projection, of what we think we want to be and so we be it, but that self is influenced by everything we read and see and people that we meet, so it is developed. It never truly is. I dunno. I was trying to come up with a topic for you to write about. But, I'm getting all caught up in an existential mess, is what I'm doing. So, maybe write about an existential mess.

Christine said...

How do you keep fresh after a 1000, I am loosing steam already and it's only been 9 months...my suggestion to write about-what is your muse?

Hilary said...

Oh congrats to you, Brian. 1000 wonderful posts. !000 beautiful pieces of poetry.

Deborah said...

I loved this, you write wonderfully!
A 1000 posts, WOW
... and ALL brilliantly written :o)

Life with Kaishon said...

You told the story so perfectly in 55 words or less : )
You are my favorite.
I am glad you are here.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Love this one in all sorts of ways.

And congratulation on passing the 1000 mark.

TechnoBabe said...

You have accomplished so much in your blog, Brian. You writing is superb and reaches deep down and grabs us every time. I know you have boys, but would you write something about little girls and their dads?

Olivia said...

Yesssss, very much!
I am here.. :)

hugs xo

Goofball said...

We do enjoy you being here on your blog!!!


Didn't know you did geocaching. Must be fun with the kids

Syd said...

You have an awesome gift. And to have 1000 posts is huge. So many people comment and follow you. I think that my request would be to write about fall in Virginia. It is my favorite time of year and the trees must be glorious there as October starts to close in.

Magpie said...

Congratulations, Brian! I'm so glad that in the infinite world we live in, I stumbled happily upon you and your blog. Your insight and word craft have touched and inspired my life in countless (well at least a 1,000) ways. :)

I would love to have you write something about random acts of kindness and the ripples they create.