Sunday, December 4, 2011

160 - phones and trees


if all you ever hear
is a busy signal in your ear

how many times
you gonna keep calling here

how many years
how many years;

an epiphany hanging
among empty trees

What can you say in 160 characters? Well this is your last chance to try it, but if you do, go tell Monkey.

This is Monkey's last time hosting the Sunday 160. It has been a mainstay on my blog rotation since it began. Thank you Monkey for all you do and did and hope that you have a wonderful break. Peace and joy brother.

75 comments:

Bonnie said...

Look at the impish gleam in his eyes!! Is he eyeing his wordsmith father?

5thsister said...

Another "monkey" in a tree! Love it! Your words are much more profound than I penned for Monkey's last 160.

JANU said...

Monkeying around...cute guy. Well written.

Adam said...

It's always sad to see good things come to an end

Deborah said...

an epiphany hanging
among empty trees
... wonderful :o)

Zuzana said...

Lovely boy, am not surprise he inspires you to write.;)
xoxo

kaykuala said...

Brian,
This is the little boy you carried piggy back the last picture you had? He is a big boy now. In no time he'll be writing I'm sure!

Hank

Sheila Moore said...

cute kid! My daughter was hanging upside down from a tree limb last month when her phone fell out of her pocket and busted into a hundred pieces when it hit the ground - so your title made me chuckle a bit. Happy Sunday!

Fred said...

Nice. Great metaphor, love the rhyme. Funny though I see the direct connection between the trees and the phone books that destroy them. 160 is just 160 to most people, but with you, it might as well be a thousand, because that's what you get out of it. Great job as always. Thanks

Tara Miller said...

This one really resonates with me and almost brings me to tears. Especially in this busy season of the year....I never want to be too busy to spend time with those that are dear to my heart. I want to cherish these times and want them to as well.

thanks love....

hedgewitch said...

Sometimes you have to set the phone down so you can get the important calls. Nice o160, bri, and best wishes to the Monkey Man in his future endeavors. Hosting any meme is an exhausting job.(Not that you'd know about that...much. ;_) )

Alice Audrey said...

If the line is always busy, it doesn't take me long to move on. I'm bad that way.

I'm seriously going to miss 160, and am a bit worried about Monkey Man. I've lost so many bloggy friends this way.

Claudia said...

think i should switch off the phone and climb a tree...lovely pic.. the problem is that my new iPhone is talking to me now...so things are getting more serious.. smiles.. thanks for the reminder

bodhirose said...

That is one cute boy! If the line is busy, go climb a tree...

bsain said...

... going to climb a tree now. ;-)

Morning said...

great swing of words
thrown at empty trees,
Glad to see a smart kido fill the space of trees.

A stunning 160
for enjoyment
and
entertainment.

LadyCat said...

He has a great smile : )
When I read the title, I initially thought of telephone poles. 'Civilizations' version of the tree.

Someone is Special said...

rhyming beauty.. :-)

Someone is Special

DJan said...

Look at that knowing smile! And I do suspect he's related to you, Brian. As always, lots of feelings in a few words... :-)

Birdie said...

i love both Brian, the 160 and the picture, your son is handsome, so full of life in his expression so beautiful to see that!

Pat Hatt said...

Rhyming right through
Look at you
And yeah chuck the phone in a drawer
And let the busy signal ring forever more
In someone else's ear
As you go spread cheer

Eva Gallant said...

That's a great photo...so typical of boys!

Ed Pilolla said...

call everyday forever:)

Betsy said...

Oh he is SO cute. I love that age...

zumpoems.com said...

Great picture of your son! Very lucky, father!

Gret message in these 160 characters! Very nicely written!

zumpoems.com said...

Great picture of your son! Very lucky, father!

Gret message in these 160 characters! Very nicely written!

zumpoems.com said...

Great picture of your son! Very lucky, father!

Gret message in these 160 characters! Very nicely written!

Heaven said...

What a big boy he is now~

It made me recall my daughter hanging upside down.. now she is too tall and heavy for the branches.

Happy sunday ~

Goofball said...

what a handsome boy in the tree!

The Noiseless Cuckooclock said...

That boy could be next generation of Monkey man or Superman who write poetry, invented a new poetry form or created a novel meme for all to enjoy.

promising 160,
GREAt sentiments.

Daniel said...

Brian, I understand this well. It is why I treat my little one like I do and know how to set my priorities with respect to her. Great stuff.

Nikki Rules said...

Sometimes I keep calling no matter how many busy signals I get. Because sometimes I just need to get a hold of something. And sometimes my needs go beyond and reach a level of obsession.
Sometimes.

Shawna said...

Oh my gosh, what a great message through such a creative metaphor. Loved it, B. :)

Caty said...

great 160...Love the picture, what a cutie :)

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oceangirl said...

I am somehow sad to learn about the end of 160, but it could be just a break right. And your boy is lovely Brian.

Monkey Man said...

Thank you, Brian for another thought provoking Sunday 160 and for the kind words. I am considering the advice Otin left on my comment page.

Mama Zen said...

Perfect!

Lolamouse said...

Love the rhythm and rhyme of this! Oh, and the uber-cute kid too!

CiCi said...

Probably keep calling until you get through. That is a really nice photo of your boy in the tree.

PattiKen said...

Is there still such a thing as a busy signal anymore in this day ov call waiting and voice mail?

This made me think of "Cat's in the Cradle." Sad.

But your boy? Oh, my. What a charmer he is!

Casey Freeland said...

I like phones, but I love trees. So I'd probably keep calling... :)

Cheers,

Casey

SassyModernMom said...

Oh hope the end of this good thing leads to even better things ahead! LOVE the picture of the monkey in the tree:)

Catherine said...

What a cutie! Boys and tree climbing - they go together well! :)

Ravenblack said...

Personally I hate phones and use them as little as possible. I look down at the streets and there's a lot of people with that thing stuck to the side of their face. Why so much to say all the time? Can more important things get through?

Interesting poem.

Christine said...

just when I was thinking of participating in the 160, it ends, I guess I wasn't paying attention to the ring

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Katherine Krige said...

I cannot believe how much he looks like YOU Brian! wow. And also can't believe that MM is stepping down. Are you going to catch the baton?

Hilary said...

Awww look at that face! He's adorable.

Pseudo said...

What a cutie...

and BTW, I am still getting used to your new profile photo; is that the real you or an alter ego?

Mary said...

A good looking young man. Like father, like son?

I liked your poem. Sometimes I get tired of the ringing of the phone. (Oddly, I much prefer email - sign of the times?)

The Empress said...

It's sad to me when something comes to an end.

Maybe MonkeyMan will move on to something different?

Your boy is beatiful, and that picture is a slice of life.

TALON said...

What an awesome pic and what a handsome young man!

The l60 will be very missed, but I can understand Monkey Man needing a break. Hope he has a beautiful one!

Valerie said...

That's a cracking picture, Brian. Your words aren't bad, either.... smiles.

Shadow said...

yes, why do we keep calling that same number..

ladyfi said...

So true! We must make time to play with our kids.

Love that photo!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Another wonderfully concise poem!

SueAnn said...

What a great portrait of your son!!!! So cute!!
fa la la la la!!!'
Hugs
SueAnn

adeeyoyo said...

Such mischief in his smile... he's too busy climbing trees that's why you get the busy signal, lol!

Dave King said...

Lovely pic, fine, fine write.

Lorraine said...

He's adorable...I hate the phone, I don't even have a cell, imagine bringing that awful invention wherever i go, your son is a real cutie

the walking man said...

UH they don't have busy signals anymore doesn't everything go to voice mail now a days? hahahahah Liked it Brian.

Heather said...

adorable smiling face!!!!! how cute...I am back was away to i will be catching up on all of your words! :)

Laurie Kolp said...

Aww... lovely picture...this is perfect.

Enchanted Oak said...

Monkey Man's 160s has led to some enigmatic poetry because much has to remain unsaid. Since I'm not sure what they mean, I try to sound smart by talking about "layers of meaning....hm...yes..."

I get the feeling you said exactly what you meant, and it's about what I think it's about, and you repeated that line because you needed 15 more characters...Ha!

Magpie said...

I love the photo and as soon as I saw his face, I had to smile. Infectious definitely.
Your words had a different feeling though. How long will we keep trying to REACH someone by long distance, before we realize it might take a trip to their door?

rosaria said...

Oh my, he looks so much like you!

AmyLK said...

Cute monkey!

ayala said...

Great pic ! Handsome boy ! Lovely poem.

Sue said...

He looks like a great, happy kid, Brian.

=)

secret agent woman said...

Hmm - such persistence.

missing moments said...

I have only one word ... awesome!

Syd said...

Great photo. He is an epiphany, isn't he?

artbyrae said...

I love you photo and your words.

Trees are very important to me. I wish they could talk to tell us what they have seen over the years. I have taken so many photos of trees because I seem to hear a story there.

I will post a tree painting on my blog next.

Myrna R. said...

I love the mischief in his eyes. I know you do not hear your son's ringing in your ears. I know you respond, and he will never stop calling.