Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Which way is normal?


Among the bricks that make the sidewalk outside the county library
is a rectangle of green grass,

a soft contrast to the firm foundation on which you pretend to stroll
at peace, as if, and if you go too fast,

or everything is just too much and you fail to notice, i hope you trip
and fall on your ass

and as you sit there, massaging your posterior, cursing yet another
assault, see and understand

where once a space was filled with loss, new life exists.

This is the nature of things.

Sorry for the whole tripping thing but i did not want you to miss
and not sit where i sat when the world stopped for a second
and i saw this.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Much love,

b

submitted to Imperfect Prose

84 comments:

Stranger said...

I'm a fan for all new life growing between cracks of pavement, but this brick of grass takes the pie! Beautiful. Thanks for the trip. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. :)

Pat Hatt said...

haha oh that stupid grass
Knocking me on my little rhyming ass
But so true too
Life does seem to sprout anew
If given half a chance
So it was okay, for today, that it ruined my stance

Pat Hatt said...

Crap! one minute from first
Need to be quicker with my rhyming burst

Anyes said...

So true Brian it's all about taking the time to really see what iws going on. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones :-)

Tabor said...

So did you trip? So sorry. Yes, nature has a way of surviving all that we throw at it.

Magpie said...

Absolutely awesome, Brian!
I love it and we all need to fall on our asses and assess the world from a different viewpoint every once in awhile.
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Magpie said...

Absolutely awesome, Brian!
I love it and we all need to fall on our asses and assess the world from a different viewpoint every once in awhile.
Happy Thanksgiving!!

janae said...

Love the challenge, the bit of mockery in your words. A good stumble now and again, so necessary.

ells said...

love...once where space was filled with loss...new life is found...
Blessings and having a great Thanksgiving...

e said...

Still trippin' and slippin' now and again. Nice prose. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Daniel said...

Ahhh, perspective!

Suz said...

I love an open heart and open eyes
But I guess sometimes we have to stumble to take pause and see what we missed
Happy Thanksgiving Brian

Katherine Krige said...

You always have such a great perspective Brian. Happy Thanksgiving & thanks for all YOU give.

Eva Gallant said...

It's amazing how grass takes root in the tiniest of spaces!

zumpoems.com said...

What a great metaphor. This is very rich with content. Sometimes one has to get knocked down just that one more time before realization sets in. Wonderful poem!

Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Sophia said...

VERY well written, as always. Soon your books will be lining the B & N shelves! ;)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your fam.

Tara said...

love the picture, and love the significance.

Lisa notes... said...

I see it. And thanks for helping us keep from tripping up there too. I like when we help each other. To see.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Yousei Hime said...

I do enjoy your writing so. I always anticipate a chuckle, yet I never know where it will come from. You saw like a poet. I think I would have been worrying about my bum knee and being embarrassed. Thanks for the recent visit and sharing.

AngelMay said...

When human beings take a hike, nature takes over. We will never be as strong as nature. It's awesome.

melyssa said...

You do know we're all going to think of this post the next time we see a plot of grassing pushing up through the sidewalk, right? :)
Happy thanksgiving to you and yours.
Melyssa.

Monkey Man said...

Happy t-giving to you. May everyday be a new life to you and yours.

The Silver Fox said...

Anyone could spot this. Not everyone would see it that way. A unique view, as always.

Have a safe and restful holiday, Brian.

SuzyQ said...

"where once a space was filled with loss, new life exists.

This is the nature of things."

These might be some of the most breathtaking lines I've ever read.

From one who falls regularly :)

The Orange Tree said...

This is very delightful.

Stunning message,
Perfect prose.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Old Ollie said...

nice - little humour blast!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Shawna said...

I love your ending:

"Sorry for the whole tripping thing but i did not want you to miss and not sit where i sat when the world stopped for a second
and i saw this"

Valerie said...

There are a few grass filled spaces in my yard. I'm going to remember this every time I walk over them.

ayala said...

Nice! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Gotta love how nature always finds a way.

Caty said...

At least it was a worthwhile trip :) Hope you and your family have a super Thanksgiving!

Rachel said...

that was WONDERFUL.

goodness, my soul is restored this afternoon.

Jimi Ann said...

"where once a space was filled with loss, new life exists." Very nicely put. One life dies, another one begins. Hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving Brian.

Sandi McBride said...

Oh I loved this! And the odd red brick was also eye catching.
Sandi

Ravenblack said...

I really like this. And the picture! :)

Happy Thanksgiving, Brian.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Normal, you say ....... does this exist, this thing called "normal"?

I am waiting for a new life of inspiration to grow in my fault.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Wonderful! I must agree. We need to stumble sometimes to see where we are positiones...

Happy thanksgiving sir!

JJRod'z

RD said...

these are the moments in which Life becomes valued...I admire your observation

much Love to you and yours

Peace

Little Ms Blogger said...

and this is the reason I look down when I walk. However, I've been known to whack head with tree branch - basically, I lack all coordination skills.

DJan said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Brian. I first thought that was Easter grass, it is so green. Then I read the poem... :-)

Fred said...

Nice piece Brian, really enjoyed, and that picture I'm still thinking about it. So cool yet strange how one patch of grass is breaking up the pattern of bricks, thanks for the share and definitely I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving

oceangirl said...

The things you noticed, you make us notice them too.

kaykuala said...

Brian,
A little patch a bit of grass
At a spot where it so thrives
Such is life struggling hard
Against all odds just to survive
Proudly it announced its presence
Others would trip that instance
To realize realities in life
Are not all that cushy and warm

Hank

Fireblossom said...

Please get up so that I can wish you a happy Thanksgiving without having to crouch.

Kim Hyland said...

Smiling big. And thankful for the reminder to slow down and look. Thanks.

Betsy said...

I thought I felt the earth shake! ha. :)

Happy Thanksgiving, Brian. I'm thankful for you! xo

Mary said...

I like the picture and poem. So true that new life often comes to places where there was once loss! But too bad you had to see this so close up. Ouch. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Brian.

Christine said...

good question, sometimes we need to trip people for them to see it

Myrna R. said...

Didn't mind tripping at all.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Brian. Blessings.

Cloudia said...

how EXCELLENT!!!!!
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Ruthiey said...

Ah, totally made my night. Thanks for that! Happy Thanksgiving.

Me said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Brian! :)

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Thanks Brian... YES, I was happy to notice. Much love to you and yours... HAPPY Thanksgiving ♥.

alittlebitograce said...

Beautiful. :) I love how nature springs up wherever it finds an opportunity. It amazes me,though, how blind I can be to the wonders around me.

Hilary said...

Life is indeed tenacious. That in itself is a good reason to be thankful.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving, Brian.

Susie Clevenger said...

We should be knocked on our butts if we don't notice what nature wants to show us...Great job!

Claudia said...

i love these precious moments when we see things like that and they grip us and the world stops for a minute and we're just left with wonder and thankfulness and the mad desire to share it with everyone else.. happy thanksgiving..and i love the pic.. smiles

♥ Braja said...

Which way is normal? My way, of course :)) (isn't that everyone's answer?)

Happy thanksgiving? Hmm....if it's turkey free, I'll believe that anyone over there knows what "thanks" really means :))

adeeyoyo said...

Lovely, new, soft grass! Sorry you fell. Btw, Brian, what exactly is 'normal', lol!

Zuzana said...

Loved this post dear Brian, I so know exactly what you mean.;) Resilience comes in all shapes and sizes and something so fragile can be stronger then we think.;)
Have a really lovely Thanksgiving Holiday with your family, wishing you a great weekend,
xoxo

Lorraine said...

splendid m'dear splendid I'm back on blogger, I miss my writers and artits too much :)

Alan Burnett said...

It hasn't a chance if you have submitted it to imperfect prose. Either you or it is an oxymoron. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

Heaven said...

it depends from which perspective, isn't it? love your post ~

happy thanksgiving to you and your family ~

Mrsupole said...

I would be so thankful to fall on the grass and not the brick so that my bums would not hurt so much. So much beauty in nature and sometimes one does have to stop, sit down and see the beauty around. Even in a big city one can find spots of beauty that so many ignore and maybe falling on ones ass is a good way to see it. Great thought to make us see.

Hope you and your family have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving this day. I hope you eat lots of good food and here is a big hug from me to you all.

God bless.

the walking man said...

Don't point it out to the library custodians, they will fill it in with a brick.

Syd said...

We have brick walk ways here and there is moss growing between the bricks. I like the old brick that has space for breathing. Happy Thanksgiving, dude. And breathe easily today with the family. Bricks, mortar, and some green space.

ladyfi said...

What a marvellous poem - so lovely!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

Adura Ojo said...

And so there is hope for us all. We should see the new life that always replaces those damned losses.
Love the sarcastic tone too. Brilliant.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Brian.

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

"here once a space was filled with loss, new life exists.

This is the nature of things." Loved these lines :)
Happy Thanksgiving to you too :)

everyonelisten.com said...

I vote, "I hope you trip and fall on your ass." as best creative use of the word ass I've seen in a long while. Nice.

-Bob

Grayquill said...

Cleaver - Sometimes it takes a fall to stop me for a second so that I will notice what's around me. Good one.

Sheila Moore said...

Ha. Sometimes it takes a fall in order to slow down and notice the growth. I like this. Thanks for the reminder and for everything. Happy thanksgiving!

Sue said...

What was it my kids always used to say?

"Have a nice trip!"

Thanks for tripping us up along with you...

;)

California Girl said...

a fine and fitting observation today.

Tara Miller said...

makes me happy that new life can come from loss....yes, it does.

emily wierenga said...

nice. love that you stuck out your leg and made us trip. :) sometimes that's the only way we can come face to face with the dust we're made of. happy thanksgiving b!

wolfsrosebud said...

do believe most can relate... great word picture Brian

schererart said...

Wow. Remarkable writing.

Heather said...

Happy Thanksgiving my friend!!! I just finished cleaning up...uggg! LOL - glad to be back reading your wonderful words! xo

Goofball said...

cool!

maybe all sidewalks should have a green tile every so often

lifeisaroadtrip said...

My butt hurts now. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Love this,
you are a genuine romantic.

Anyone who are included in your post shall feel lucky to be part of your life.

Smiles.
You Are Amazing!

xoxox

secret agent woman said...

Sometimes it takes a bump to make us notice.