Sunday, November 20, 2011

160 - black friday and egg nog lattes


forget 4 a moment

red ryder b-b guns, tongu3s
frozen 2 light poles, candled windows,
even Santa or re1igeon

gaze full on the face
of Thanksgiving

& her children

Written for Poetry Jam & Monkey Man's 160 character challenge
 Photo by Dorthea Lange.

68 comments:

C.M. Jackson said...

right on and poignant reminder of the meaning of thanks--c

Zeba said...

Sigh.

Pat Hatt said...

ha red rider bb guns
I know which movie they are referenced tons
And so true
Even though we've been there done that way before you..haha

Alice Audrey said...

You're inspiring me. I think it's going to be a 55.

Monkey Man said...

Whole Foods asks for contributions to feed people during the holidays. For less than four dollars you can feed a family. Thanks for playing and posting an important plea.

Claudia said...

this is an awesome picture..honestly...stared at it for about a minute or so, trying to imagine what this woman is thinking and how hard her life must be..clearly written in her face....great words bri that do the pic justice

Morning said...

Winsome 160.
love your wordplay.

:)

bodhirose said...

That sure puts things into perspective... Very good.

Helen said...

Touchdown, Hole In One, Ace, Home Run, Brian!

Pat said...

Yes - let's all take time to "smell the roses" and be grateful for what we have and GIVE THANKS!

The Bug said...

Wow

Heaven said...

the picture in itself is haunting; your words made it even more so..

a fitting write to the coming holiday ~

Christine said...

I think this photo appeared in Life many years ago, very haunting, good to be reminded of our abundance and to share.

Betsy said...

We have WAY more than we deserve or need...we need to remember to give it away. Yes, very grateful!

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

That picture has always struck me. So intense.

Eva Gallant said...

It is too easy to forget there are always others out there who have less than we do.

Lyn said...

In awe of this deep and lasting symbol..thanks for the artistry that lets it last...

Tabor said...

This sad photo is one of my favorites. It tells a very compelling story. There are mothers today who can tell the same story.

ayala said...

Sigh........So much need out there....

hedgewitch said...

That look on her face...yes, we need to remember what we have before we worry about what we want next. Sharp and slicing 160, bri.

Tara Miller said...

Whoa... perfect, thought provoking words. Very poignant for this holiday season. Looking at that picture tears at my heart - but thankful that there is hope for all even when it doesn't seem that way.

DJan said...

That picture was taken during the Great Depression, if I'm not mistaken, and it's certainly jarring when you think of Black Friday and eggnog lattes. Thank you, Brian, I needed that.

Yousei Hime said...

I know there is more in this than I can see. What is the countdown for? Black friday? A lot to think about for me. Thanks for the visits and comments.

Mary said...

Beautifully stated Brian! Your words went right to the heart of this photo.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...glad someone caught that...i was over on charcters for 160 so i already had to do 2 and 4 so i made it a countdown to the main point...so nothing to significant...just play...smiles.

Amy Sullivan said...

You always seem to nail it, Brain. Thanks for your words.

Kate Hanley said...

Great photo and poem. I read it the day after watching The Company Men and having the discussion about what we would need to cut out of our lives if we lost jobs. But so much to be thankful for, so much...

Daydreamertoo said...

Indeed. Sometimes we tend to forget there are others so much worse off than we are. A nice reminder to count our blessings and be thankful for them.

Mary said...

She wishes the same for her children as all mothers wish. A wonderful reminder.

Daniel said...

Good stuff Brian - I needed this message tonight. I have been focussing too much on myself and my problems.

G-Man said...

Garter-Belt Leg Lamps?

Fra-gi-le'

Goat said...

love.

Words and symbols, umbrellas of archetypes.

Understated brilliantly.

rumpydog said...

Great poem!

SassyModernMom said...

Please tell me you teach poetry somewhere:)

ananchorage said...

I've always wondered what happened to this woman and her children.

Gloria

Enchanted Oak said...

Wonderful powerful last 3 lines, Brian. I liked your context too, put that holiday season stuff on hold, and take a good look at the substance of gratitude.

Lolamouse said...

So often we forget the real meaning of the holidays in our own frenzy. Thanks again, Brian, for reminding us.

Jen said...

Powerful! A picture IS worth a thousand words!!! Thanks for that shot of truth, Brian! ~ jen

lori said...

Such heaviness for those that suffer while we play games. ugh.

Caty said...

too many people (some I know well) take for granted what they have...this should be on a Thanksgiving holiday card to remind them what they could not have.

Katherine Krige said...

Thank you

but you cannot keep my Xmas spirit down. I might have to go watch that movie now (fav Xmas movie ever!)

;P
K

yellowhousecafe said...

wonderfully said as we go into THE week of consumerism, that being with our wallets and our bellies ~

Cinner said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week Brian to you and your family. smiles.

Valerie said...

A perfect reminder, Brian.

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, hope you had a great weekend.;)
Love this poignant post, no matter how many words you use, you say enough and at times only few words are powerful.
I recognize that image, I think it is part of a series of images from the depression.
Hope all is well,
xoxo

Lydia said...

So powerful, Brian. wow

Lorraine said...

I never celebrate Thanksgiving...to me it has never been a celebration, just assassinations, but for the purpose of your intent, it's great writing, as always
ps can't seem to stop I leave blogger and suddenty I have smething to say, everytime lol

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Exactly. I do think we should give thanks more often for the wonders of life.

CJ xx

Syd said...

Too many people like that today, surrounded by money, yet having none themselves.

Sandi McBride said...

Okay, now this a publishable effort if you ever done one (and you've done so many that are) but this is my favorite yet...I recognize the depression photo and it is haunting...but your words make it explode with meaning...

you'll notice a different id pic here, I've gone and started a new blog (a second one)Hope you'll find the time to visit me here, too

Sandi

wolfsrosebud said...

Brian, powerful and to the point!

Magpie said...

Painful, but true.

happygirl said...

nice 160.

william said...

This was excellent, showing everyone that there are people out there a lot worse of than us and still you get the greedy, great post.

The Empress said...

Yes, Brian: Yes.

I am grateful that we can give. We buy meals at our Salvation Army. We buy turkeys for our church families. We donate boxes of food at the local supermarket.

We give, give give, because they are families who do not have the money to eat.

People don't believe this. I can't understand why.

There are families who do not have food to eat.

While the rest of us eat to the point of gorging.

ALSO: I have always loved this photo. The woman is so beautiful. The kids feel protected behind her...she's a good mother.

Vicki Lane said...

Powerful words to match the iconic photo.

Myrna R. said...

Thank you Brian. Wish there was no hunger, ever, not just on Thanksgiving.

Sue said...

Yep. yep.

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Fred said...

nice piece, lots of memories in here, great for the season and love the presentation

cosmos cami said...

Beautiful.

adeeyoyo said...

Beautiful!

Margaret said...

Yes, stop and take a look. And then RESPOND by doing. Very nice, Brian.

Carrie Burtt said...

We do have so much to be thankful for....this is a real reminder of that....perfect Brian!! :-)

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Just beautiful, Brian.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Yep. You said it!

Heather said...

we can't let it pass by....this is beautiful and raw!

peaceroad said...

and with that face in mind, let's be thankful for what we have. another wonderful piece, Brian. ~Olive Tree.

Goofball said...

I did