Thursday, November 24, 2011

enjoying the music


through the mountains
the road winds, up and over,
around in some places
before dropping down
to swim upstream by the
wide river.

James Durbin's new cd
wails over the wind
through the window which
tugs at my hair, roughly
waking me for work.

clunk, whzzzzzz

these are sounds you do
not want to hear, especially
in the middle of no where
but the little arm that marks
the RPMs shoots skyward in a rather
rude gesture and the hamsters
under the hood
spin out their wheel
and rattle around as i
s l o w
to a
c r a w l
and pull over

after a quick obligatory curse
i make the call for a pick up
and sit atop the cooling corpse,
fine rain shoots holes in the clouds
of my breath and share a moment
with a curious bird that surveys
it all, looking for a bite to eat.

tomorrow is thanksgiving
and neither of us need
to worry, much.

Obviously, I wrote this yesterday. All is well, car is in the shop. We still traveled to see family. And I still have much to be thankful for, including you and all the encouragement your words and friendships are to me. Smiles.

Today at dVerse Poets, we are writing poems on Thankfulness or Thanksgiving. We will open at 3 pm EST.

And on a side note, Hank wrote a wonderful poem about me today. Thank you Hank.

linked to Theme Thursday as well.

78 comments:

California Girl said...

oh that sinking feeling when the noises emanating from your car are NOT GOOD. I remember the old days...flat tire, overheated engine, throwing a rod even. Oi. We had the U Joint go on our old Ford 350 dualie when moving cross country. A super nice mechanic in Iowa fixed it cheap. One of the luckiest stops we ever made.

Glad to hear everything okay.

Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family Brian.

LadyCat said...

Glad all is well...sorry for the mishap. Wishing you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving.

DJan said...

Oh, ICK! Car problems. My dad used to say "IPOIO" whenever that happened (Innate Perversity of Inanimate Objects). Happy Thanksgiving anyway, dear Brian! :-)

AngelMay said...

Too bad it often takes a break down to make us SLOW down and actually see nature in all its glory.

Glad your car will be fine. Glad you are fine. Happy T-Day!

Claudia said...

see this is what i like about you.. you see the beauty in moments when others would miss it...love the sitting atop the cooling corpse in the rain...would make for a great movie scene...has sth. james dean like to it... shivers..

Laurie Kolp said...

Glad everything worked out okay. Happy Thanksgiving!

kaykuala said...

Brian,
You were on the road for the holiday and it happened!. Big relief it's been over and ok now. Happened to me once and was set off more than necessary. Why can't we have honest mechanics? Thrived on the unlucky and I was a victim.

Happy Thanksgiving for everyone in the family including gramps and grannie you are visiting.

Hank

Eva Gallant said...

Glad you made it to your destination! Have a wonderful day!

Sheila Moore said...

You got slowed down again? I think someone's trying to tell you something (smiles). Happy Thanksgiving

farmlady said...

And the little bird was probably chirping, "Get Wings!"
"getwings, getwings, getwings..."

Sue said...

Glad it didn't happen on Thanksgiving Day!...and that you are still with family.

=)

PS. I liked Hank's poem, and I add my amen to his thoughts.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

This made me miss living in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee...

Brian Miller said...

actually i was on my way to work yesterday morning and was stuck in the middle of no where for a bit...i guess the good thing is i had to take the day off and got to travel to family a bit earlier than if i had worked...

Tara Miller said...

I truly am brimming with thankfulness this Thanksgiving holiday, love...HOWEVER...I'm not so sure I would have come to your rescue yesterday if I knew you had opened and were listening to MY Christmas present!!! Ha Ha caught ya!

Baino said...

Why does it always start raining when your car breaks down. the last time I needed a tow it was pouring and my radio had caught on fire! GAH. Have a good Thanksgiving. Wish I was there!

Li said...

It seems like it's always on the holidays...glad everything turned out OK. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pat Hatt said...

Uggg been there
Car breaking down can really curl ones hair
But since your back hair is already curled up
I guess you already surpassed that hiccup..hahaha
Nice to find the silver lining though
awwww also so nice and thankful at your show

Heaven said...

I am glad you had the car fixed. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

Will link up later ~

Beth Winter said...

You should've called. I live in the middle of nowhere!

Excellent capturing, as I have learned to find each time I visit your work. I am thankful for you and all my wonderful friends here, for my family, my pets (even Rosco who with bad timing interrupted dinner with an aroma of his own). Sadly, due to timing, the turkey failed to appear next to the ham but will be filling sandwiches for a week.

Thanks for the smiles, Brian. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday.

RD said...

they say it's all about the journey

glad you made it

Peace

paysan said...

Nothing like something happening out of the blue to make you pause and give you a chance to think. Happy Thanksgiving Brian, hope the car is better soon.

Kodjo Deynoo. said...

Yes neither of you need worry much coz you are blessed friend, more than blessed

Stranger said...

Wow, great poem! I need to catch up on reading your stuff, Brian. I sure have missed the things you share here. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Uneven Stephen said...

Beautiful poem. Here's to looking on the bright side!

turtlememoir said...

ah, and isn't that the best kind of gratitude - the gratitude that grows in spite of things that go wrong? thank you for this...

Bossy Betty said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Brian! Glad all is well.

Daniel said...

Hope the bill doesn't bring you down. Way to maintain perspective and stay on the lookout for blog-worthy things! Oh, and happy Thanksgiving to you my friend.

Caty said...

well car trouble stinks, but I'm glad it all worked out in your favor! Hope you're having good visits with your family :)

Caty said...

...oh, and that's an awesome picture of that little bird :)

Whosyergurl said...

sorry for your car. glad you are o.k. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Cheryl

liv2write2day said...

It seems that, no matter how special certain celebrations are, there's a little something to reminds us that even when life isn't perfect there's still something to be grateful for. Have a wonderful time with your loved ones. That's what it's all about.

Jeff said...

I like the way you describe the road at the very beginning. I'm glad all is well and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Sometimes a bad day comes before the good day. Knowing that everyone is safe and Ok is another reason for celebration.

Happy thanksgiving Sir Brian and to your family!...

JJRod'z

KB said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

zongrik said...

did somehow "over the river and through the woods" come to mind when you were writing this?

Betsy said...

Ah, don't you hate that??
But aren't you thankful for a cell phone!

Happy day to you...hope it was restful.

Old Ollie said...

my car once clunked then caught on fire, that was cool

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family!

The Silver Fox said...

"and rattle around as i
s l o w
to a
c r a w l
and pull over"

...was a great visual to a verbal poem. Too cool. Hope the remainder of your T. Day goes well, sir!

Magpie said...

The art in living is learning how to gracefully handle these little bumps in the road. I mean come on, Brian. It's not someone threatened to take away your favorite coffee smoothie. :) I love how you'll get this. :)

Kat_RN said...

Oh so glad you are ok. Also glad you were able
to enjoy the music anyway. Happy Thanksgiving
Kat

Daydreamertoo said...

Oh darn it... that sucks. That's making me think even more now that I need to join the AAA or whatever it's called here. Hope it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg but, they usually want a 100 bucks just to lift the hood up these days.
Still, yes, lots to be thankful for. It could've been worse, could've been brakes failing or some such, God forbid.;)

yellowhousecafe said...

Perhaps a greater hand wished for you to stop and contemplate for a bit...this poem shows that it was time well spent (too bad the repairs cost!)
Thanks for this...as Claudia, I dig the sitting on the corpse in the rain, too... your work is always a grateful read, many thanks to you ~ angela

Margaret said...

...a quick obligatory curse! Ha. Well, I hope by now you are sighing because you ate too much! Happy Thanksgiving.

oceangirl said...

How wonderful of Hank! I like after a quick obligatory curse, oh how we know to do that! :)

Sandi McBride said...

the stuff of nightmares and our pretty red truck best not do any such to me! Hope your car is home soon, and you have no more problems!
Sandi

Christine said...

Car trouble never has perfect timing, living in the country I know that feeling of being at the mercy of those wheels. Hope you made it in time for the pie :)

Katherine Krige said...

Happy Thanksgiving Brian! Fingers crossed that repairs aren't too dear, but they need to be done & I guess it helps the economy spin.
Hope you got a good load of turkey in ya to make up for the headaches.

cheers
Katherine

Mary said...

It seems things like this often choose to happen at the MOST inopportune time. I had something happen to me last week. Driving car to other side of town. Temperature gauge went WAY high. (Oops, I forgot my cell phone at home...I never do that.) Anyway I managed to limp it to the dealership ...but still, I swear it never would have happend IF I had my cell phone. Glad you spent day with family today, hope car will be fixed soon; and hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving (sans car).

adeeyoyo said...

Glad it is all under control, Brian. Some birds are so nosy they don't miss a thing, lol! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Cinner said...

Glad everything turned out okay Brian and that you had a Happy Thanksgiving. I have to get the new James Durbin Cd.

Alice Audrey said...

I'm glad you're all right.

Dave King said...

I guess we've all been there, but that doesn't help at the time. I commend you on your cool response - and on the poetry that it produced.

Lorraine said...

I felt that one, wow always

Lorraine said...

and wow it is totally you, she's got you down path, wow you deserve it and so much more

JANU said...

Hope the rain cooled off the otherwise hot mood that was to come with your car breaking down...nice poem again.

Jinksy said...

Best laid plans and Kismet rarely make good bedfellows...

Valerie said...

I thought breakdowns were forbidden on Thanksgiving Day. Hope you and your family had a happy one.

Syd said...

Man, I hate that sound. Hope that you had a great day with family and friends. I appreciate your being here and coming over to comment. I look forward to it.

the walking man said...

OOPS! That used to be the sound of money for me now it just sounds like a pain in the ass.

ccchampagne said...

I love your ability to take an everyday moment and turn it into something as beautiful and soulful as this! Brilliant job (and I hope you get the car back soon)!

wolfsrosebud said...

...looking past the pains of life there is always something to be thankful for. People are complaining about food price, I'm included, but what about the large population that has no food. Trust the day turned out well...

Myrna R. said...

Glad you were still able to enjoy the holiday.
Your poem reminded me of a day I heard those awful sounds. Mechanics found all kinds of garbage, including dog poo, in my engine. Rats had decided this was a great place to nest. Yuk. It cost me $700.00 but it did make some people laugh. So I guess I should be grateful for that.

Lolamouse said...

Tough to keep it all in perspective when you're in the thick of it. Glad you were able to do so. Gotta remember what really matters.

Jerry said...

One of my favorite poets is Wendell Berry...He is not too hip on machines and he would consider a dead car a blessing. I would never go that far. Sounds like a nice drive until...

Heather said...

darn car! My girls and I love James Durbin....sorry to hear that happened, but it's those times that we remember the most! hope you and the fam had a great holiday!

Goofball said...

I was afraid in Canada to have car failure. that country is so huge & empty, opposed to my little crowded country. the idea of car failure in the middle of nowhere seemed so frightening.

Glad you were not stuck in the middle of nowhere to celebrate. Happy thanksgiving!

beautiful picture, did you take it yourself?

Fred said...

Great piece. Glad to hear you're all okay and made it to your destination. The passage where you describe the car breakdown was amazing. really awesome job. hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Thanks

Kris said...

Beats a horse breaking down I guess!

SueAnn said...

Oh dear!! Still sucks to have the car act up! glad your day was not delayed and you were able to enjoy the feast day with family and friends!
Hugs
SueAnn

anglachel27 said...

To find a foothold in the chaos, eh? Sympathize with the car trouble (yikes), and glad you can maintain perspective despite it.
Gene

lifeisaroadtrip said...

That's what you get for listening to Durbin while you drive. :-)

The Noiseless Cuckooclock said...

Sorry to hear your car problem before Thanksgiving, lovely attitude in handling it.

It seems like you do have a good time with family visits and kids at home.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving.
Stay Blessed.

Kitty August said...

and sit atop the cooling corpse,
fine rain shoots holes in the clouds
of my breath and share a moment
with a curious bird that surveys
it all, looking for a bite to eat.

tomorrow is thanksgiving
and neither of us need
to worry, much.



Divine write, you are authentic poet who can survive any situations and remain talented even at the worst moment.

Hope that you enjoy a smiling Saturday today,

Simply smile, feel proud of yourself, and breathe a sign of relief.

hvninhell said...

Glad that it worked out, including inspiring you to write this poem!

Morning said...

This is the kind of attitude I admire,

Never give up hope, always remain calm and creative regardless what kind of fists life throws at you!

your performance on poetry, on handling the car problem, and on giving blessings regardless your own situations is outstanding here.

God Bless ya,
See you later.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you and your family.

:)

Ed Pilolla said...

if you can have a breakdown and remain thankful you are way more evolved than i:)
glad it didn't ruin your holiday plans.

secret agent woman said...

Bummer. But still so much to be thankful for.

Liza Ursu said...

I love that photo!
Brian, the stanza that begins with,
"after a quick obligatory curse"
is so vivid, it's brilliant!

I love the ending,
a little something for everyone.
and happiness motors on.
Yaaay!