Wednesday, October 12, 2011

There must be meaning under there. Under where? Exactly.


3000 pieces of underwear
line the highway, on road side rocks,
clinging to trees, crying out in protest
for all to see---

what?!? I fail to understand

what message is scrawled
in the base of your skivvies?

The new ones, still bare tags, is this
statement of greed, so much for just a patch
of cloth to make you feel pretty

And what of the old, worn thin with wind,
do they remember better days
are they tired of taking all your---

morning commute traffic spills
by in long lines & unforced chuckles
cross lips, some honk for thong spinnakers,
re-moved and bagged by cops as evidence
of your fifteen minutes of fame stretched
to hours of wasted time, surely
you will garner a tweet or two.

For what?!?

Leaving us confused as to what
Victoria's secret really was, and was
it really worth it to know.

Under the over pass near my house
an angel looms in prophecy, "Turn or burn"
so I put my blinker on, but only because
I near my drive way &

have a sudden compulsion
to do laundry.

True story. Three thousand pieces of underwear showed up along a mile stretch through town, on rocks and in trees. Police are still baffled, as are anyone other than the perpetrators of this great mystery. I am sure someone will some day get to the bottom of this. Smiles.

Linking with Imperfect Prose.

96 comments:

David Allen Waters said...

I wonder what they were thinking, or maybe they werent thinking...lol

did you get any pics?

Fred said...

Oh, wow, glad you included that- really thought you had to have made that up. Over here the police are baffled by a rash of cars driving through storefronts, no lie- 13 in 22 days. Pretty crazy. Great piece, you really used the headlines well here.

Tara Miller said...

I'm sure that made for a good morning laugh for commuters and something to talk about at the office. Hope it's not top priority to actually get to the "bottom" of this. ha ha

kaykuala said...

Brian,
What crazy things people don't do. More often than not it is just college kids having some fun. College pranks that go beyond their campus confines.

Hank

Mama Zen said...

Awesome write, Brian! I remember this story on the news.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Does that say "turn or burn"? Hmm.

Madhulika said...

woooo hooo... unexpected start ;)

journeytoepiphany said...

Truth is stranger than fiction...

Eva Gallant said...

What a wild party someone had!

Daniel said...

It's art. Probably funded by a government grant too.

JeannetteLS said...

And this was NOT in New Jersey??

What a poem to capture a perfectly ridiculous ... or perhaps not. You got a poem out of it. Other people laughed. Unfortunately someone had to clean it all up.

You, like Dave, seem to create poetry out of absolutely anything. I love it.

Old Ollie said...

- that is a funy tale/poem

love this one

Pat Hatt said...

hahaha I pity the poor people who had to go and count all of them. Especailly if some were used, that would just be ewww and where does one get 3000 pieces of underwear, I bet many are going commando in their lair..haha

ells said...

not much more to say than wow...who can fathom what human minds can conceive...
Blessings~

happygirl said...

And what of the old, worn thin with wind,

I laughed out loud. At work. Shhh, they'll no it's not the Budget report on the screen.
Such a funny occurrence. Pictures pls.

Tabor said...

People give you other's clothes and you make laundry...!

Lisa notes... said...

How unusual! I hope you will hear more of the story some day.

In the meantime, you tell this part beautifully, arrestingly. Someone's secret is out there...

Brandee Shafer said...

This is such a clever poem. I know what Victoria's secret is, btw.

Bethany Ann said...

you made me LOL. twice. okay, three times.

Suzy Q said...

Surreal!
But great writing fodder :)
A wonderfully entertaining piece!

Kate Hanley said...

So interesting. Glad you added that it was a real story. What does it mean indeed!

hedgewitch said...

Truth is once again stranger than fiction, but not human beings. Enjoyed your ponderings on this bottomless issue.

Sue said...

This poem is just plain cool. And funny. And rather incidentally, thought-provoking.

=)

Titanium said...

Un-occupied underpants. Hmmmm. Can't say I even have a working theory on that one :)

sheila said...

Yep, that would be my state of Ohio, lol. Near a college down during the start of freshman year. lol

adeeyoyo said...

Weird not to make clear what the protest was about? I like '...so much for just a patch of cloth to make you feel pretty' - so true! 3000 pieces - maybe a laundry is upset about work conditions or something... haha!

Jan Timmons said...

I admire your prose/poetry, and the abrupt spacing, i.e.,
"so I put my blinker on, but only because"


that compels me to read
more

I'm hooked.

the walking man said...

either someones therapist told him as a way to get over his compulsion to steal underwear he has to get rid of his "collection" or there is a subversive group who are now going commando!

Anyes said...

Looks like a messy riddle...

Shawna said...

"Victoria's secret" ... I'm so proud of you for knowing where the apostrophe goes. :)

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

ha! That is a trip! 3000??? That is a LOT of unders!

And...hmmmm, what IS Victoria's Secret???

my day in a sentence said...

Why would anyone do such a thing? O_o :D

Heather said...

wow, some people have way too much time on the their hands! ha ha - there is an underwear tree at the mountain we ski at...never understood that one either!

Natasha said...

Here we do bras across the bridge , no lie! But it's done with purpose and media attention..can't imagine a visit to skivy row !

Suz said...

snicker

Kateri said...

That is a little crazy for sure!

Betsy said...

worn thin with wind? um....lol...

Mary said...

amazing to think of someone collecting 3000 pieces of underwear! That would take some doing. I'm with David and wonder if there are pictures of this. I also wonder, if the perpetrators were caught what they would be charged with!

Nezzy said...

I've heard of rain' cats and dogs but underwear??? Hopefully the local detectives will briefly find out what's underneath all this. Heeehehehe!

Sorry, I couldn't help myself!

God bless ya Man and have a magnificent day!!! :o)

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

oh wow! that's something different. I haven't heard anything like that before.

awesome write btw... :-)

JJRod'z

Monkey Man said...

That's some kind of performance art your town has going there. I'd turn, too.

Pat said...

Do you live near Ohio? Because it happened there, too. Maybe THIS is Victoria's Secret!

LBTL said...

true story or not, it sure made for a nice philosophical piece...I like it, thanks for the visit! :)

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

"Leaving us confused as to what
Victoria's secret really was, and was
it really worth it to know..."

Hi! Brian...
Wow! unbelievable, but very much believable! I have watched on t.v.bags Of coins, spilling on the highway, but skivvies?
lol
Thanks, for sharing your words too!
deedee ;-D

Cindy said...

How funny - an artist's statement perhaps? But the statement is lost in the confusion of why : ) - oh, perhaps that was the purpose...simply for our response?!?!? Thanks for sharing another amazing event from your life!

lori said...

Now, I'll forever wonder if there was a good reason or if some kids were were just really, really bored, lol. People are crazy. Hope all went well today :)

rain :: said...

wow...what a story! i'm so deeply curious. :-)

thank you for stopping by my blog today. i always appreciate your comments. you're such a fantastic writer and you really make my day.

Ryan and Melanie said...

wow, that made for an interesting morning commute. Great write.

Mel

Laura said...

That is one heckofa story! What the? And your retelling is even better. Maybe some kind of statement, but about what. Really?

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Thanks for the explanation - not that it made much of a difference. LOL. Bottom of it...

C.M. Jackson said...

occupy wall st with a twist? lil moments of revolution are happening all over ...great story--thanks for the warning, when I see underwear on the roadway I will just keep driving and smile..c

CM said...

I like this. It's poem and prose all in one! So who had the fun job of cleaning all that up?!?

Mijayami said...

Huh. Nicely told.

Brian Miller said...

quick note on the doctor visit today: They did remove two places today but determined that they were non cancerous, which is a good thing. yay. thanks for all the love and support!

Claudia said...

haha - so funny...probably stays forever"victoria's secret" smiles - maybe it's some kind of FB joke like the one when different opera singers made an appointment to meet in a certain mcdonalds and then they all together started to sing and baffled the visitors...honestly...i love things like that...haha

Reflections said...

Priceless capture my friend... and to what attention they have drawn from how many?

Pseudo said...

Just when you think you've heard everything.....

oceangirl said...

have a sudden compulsion to do laundry. cute ending to a wonderful prose.

Magpie said...

First, awesome on the doctor's report. God is good!
Second, I am totally lost as to what kind of statement was intended with all the Fruit of the Loom.

seasideauthor said...

Must have been a college idea...
Too funny...Interesting write here.
Maybe someone can send an explanation someday, anonymously. Would be great to know, why!
Thanks for dropping by...

Zuzana said...

Oh, that is simply hilarious.;) A bit like crop circles.;))
I am doing a large load of laundry as we speak.;)
Have a great week Brian,
xoxo

The Orange Tree said...

Glad to see the good news.

did not read comments here before making comment on previous post.

blushing.

your pen is powerful, stay healthy.

take good care.

She Writes said...

Hmmmm. What a sight!

Selina Kingston said...

How clever you are to compose such brilliance around something so bizarre.
Favourite line:
"....worn thin with wind"
YOu are brilliant !

Valerie said...

The mind boggles.....

ladyfi said...

LOL! And I wonder what they are protesting against?

Well written!

Drizel said...

hmmmmm, actually really odd.
I like the turn or burn, you put your blinker on.....awesomeness..... ;)

Cinner said...

Very strange indeed, I know up here there have been bras and underwear to raise money for cancer....you had me laughing a couple times Brian. thanks.

Kamana said...

and someone actually counted them?! lol. love how you make poetry out of the ordinary.

Dave King said...

This made a great read. Full of interest, humour and sparkle. Well done.

Daydreamertoo said...

LOL 3000 woww
You find the most fascinating things to write about!

Christine said...

the bottom of this...too funny. Perhaps it's like breast cancer awareness and how a building in a small town I drove through last week had their building lined up with bras.

Ravenblack said...

How strange. Must calling for an airing of dirty laundry as intimate as underwear in public perhaps. Intriguing.

SueAnn said...

Grinning here...kind of liking the irony!!
Especially considering the state of the nation today and politics!!
Yeow!!
Hugs
SueAnn

annell said...

Now this is odd? All those unders, and bottoms are bare?

annell said...

Now this is odd? All those unders, and bottoms are bare?

annell said...

Now this is odd? All those unders, and bottoms are bare?

AmyLK said...

interesting.... I think I read a couple months ago that it happened some where else in the country.

Definitely a good topic of conversation for the day!

emily wierenga said...

lol... love your play on "Victoria's secret"... that's a lot of underwear! and who had time to count it all? i want that kind of time... :)

TechnoBabe said...

Another little game for some people that adds a little bit to the news. Takes peoples minds off the harsh realities of life for awhile.

Hope said...

curiouser and curiouser!

your writing style today brings a sense of calm to the morning traffic. And odd things like this happen for a reason if not to help our creative minds take wing.

hope you have a great day Brian!

adeeyoyo said...

I'm so glad it was good news, Brian. :D

Friko said...

And if you find out when they get to the bottom, please tell me.

sage said...

You always have such good lines, but this one made me laugh: "Leaving us confused as to what Victoria's secret really was"

drybottomgirl said...

And maybe we will never know why...but thanking you for so vividly taking us there and sharing this experience with us...it made me smile....

blueviolet said...

That's one of the best pranks I've ever heard about!

Josh Hoyt said...

This was a crazy story. It is amazing what people will do even for no reason at all.

secret agent woman said...

Wow. What an interesting sort of performance art.

Vicki Lane said...

Now that's an interesting event -- perhaps a mini-rapture with only the undies left behind?

djwpoet said...

Great poem. Nice twist on the old shoe on the powerlines. Perhaps the original form of guerilla art? :)
Yuo've captured the innanity and amusement beautifuly by the way!

Zeba said...

I loved this one. And the thoughts that went along. And then I read that this really happened. Sigh. Get to the bottom of this. I am sure the pun was intended. :-)

Jyoti Mishra said...

A crazy anecdote.... but watz more bizarre is... what they were thinking :O

Lydia said...

This charmed the pants off me!

Syd said...

I would have gathered them up and washed them to distribute to the homeless shelter. Who knows what someone was doing but surely not cleaning out their underwear drawer.

Myrna R. said...

Hope it wasn't dirty laundry people were airing out. I think this will remain an unsolved mystery, but glad it provoked this cute write.

Goofball said...

very intriguing