Thursday, December 22, 2011

And


And to top it all off
     the damn window fell
     into the driver side door
     unwilling to roll back up

And it's raining as if
     the next great flood is here
     & Valkyries howl, slashing wet scimitars
     at my face through the gaping hole

And it's thirty four degrees out
     so my damp body shivers to maintain
     some sense of warmth

And it's not like the day started
     any better, the holidays being
     what they are, there are black holes
     once filled by family members
     set to suck any joy

And my kids feel it so i have been
     around the world with them,
     missing as many shots as i take

And one's family gave away his dog
     without telling him until he came home
     with a stocking of goodies for it

And his cousins ran endless circles
     room to room around the house
     banshee screaming before kamikaze
     diving onto us, biting and pinching

And another client felt tonight was his coronation
     crowning himself king & declaring
     war on the rest of us, his parents saying
     "we just need a vacation" as they look
     upon me in askance

And my feet hurt from ice skating
     this morning

And, and, and

And as I draw a hand across my eyes, to clear
     my vision, the Christmas lights, caught
     in the rain spattered windshield dance
     Roy G Biv universes, each one a tomorrow
     among the black space between

Over at dVerse today, Victoria is leading us on a merry chase for contrast.

On another note, I had a poem published in the December issue of PunkSoulPoet, which can be viewed here. It is on the night I met my wife and originally appeared here a couple years ago.

92 comments:

G-Man said...

And.....?

G-Man said...

Euchre!!!!

G-Man said...

Merry Christmas hooky player...G

The Purple said...

And,

someone is having a hard time,
tomorrow,
hopefully,

the sun will dry up the blur and the road will be salted and cleared.

shake it off,
you can survive.

Claudia said...

and..you still manage to see the light between the black spaces...the story with them giving the dog away without telling the kid made my heart bleed..and congrats on the poem being published...remembered it roman..smiles

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Roy G Biv universes... brilliant.

oceangirl said...

..but, but, but you still write beautiful.

The window not roll back up sounds very, very cold.

Sheila Moore said...

congrats on the publication and sounds like a helluva day. nice to be able to notice those pretty lights, though.

~L said...

Love this!!! IT's so creative!!! I have not read a poem so unique and full of life... and fun.. Cheers to you! ;)

zongrik said...

once i got to the part that the dog got given away, well, at that point, i was totally distracted with that cuz that pains me, and you know it!!

Sue said...

Nice, Brian! This one AND the recently published one. I think everyone should get a chance to read your poetry.

=)

TALON said...

Those still moments in the midst of bedlam. They ground us, they nurture us and they restore us--even simple rain on glass with light reflections. Beauty in the simple. Loved it, Brian.

Rachel said...

and this is incredible and makes my heart leap in my chest to know that light and colour get reflected into dark and rain. it's perfect.

adeeyoyo said...

Love it, Brian. You take the real nitty-gritty and get to the heart of it. The dog... I can feel just what the boy felt. It saddens me that people can be so callous.

Zouxzoux said...

The exasperation in this is palpable. I loved it! Congrats on your publication - I'm going over to read it now.
Thanks for your comments on my blog - your input is very much appreciated.

kaykuala said...

And it's been a great year
And it's a great year's end
And we look forward to more goodness

Hank

JANU said...

And...hope all is well that ends well. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year.

anthonynorth said...

A most creative and.

Victoria said...

One of my favorite quotes is "And is one of the most healing words in the English language." I like hte way you catch the contrast which is life.

Bernie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Brian, wishing you a healthy and happy New Year....Hugs

Tom said...

and, i like your picture choice...
merry Christmas

Valerie said...

But,... tomorrow is another day. The reference to the dog upset me... reminded me... of Mom. She had my Dad's healthy dog put down when Dad was in hospital... didn't tell him. The story went that the (obedient) dog would be excited to see Dad when he came home and MIGHT jump up. Another well meaning but hurtful action (you know what I mean).

Congratulations on the publication. Proud of you.

marousia said...

Fantastic contrasts and really strong imagery as always - and I love the optimism

Dave King said...

Great tale well told.
All the blessings of the season to you and yours.

Lorraine said...

Christmas heals or hurts, I guess wherever we are, there we are, and still I wish you a fanstatic Christmas full of Love as it was meant to be dear Brian to you, your beautiful wife, and kids, all the love and healing from heaven xxxx

the walking man said...

Worst time of year for them who see it, can't have it , want it but know it belongs to someone else. And all you can do is *shrug* continue on and wait for normal (whatever you're definition of that is) returns.

Power window or hand crank? Either way I think it's perfect start. If its a power window check the circuit breaker in the fuse box.

Tara Miller said...

AND today is a brand new day, love. Full of brand new and hopefully fun journies! Sorry you had a rough day yesterday. And ice skating IS fun! ;)

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shot! is it on the street?

FrankandMary said...

I'd be lunging at the empty air, AND you could probably hear some high-pitched, dissonant notes coming from me too. ~Mary

Heaven said...

And as I read your words, I am very encouraged to continue writing. And this after watching a live hockey game with my officemates last night, while drinking and eating lots of junk food.

And I hope today is better day for you, specially your feet. Enjoyed your featured poem.

Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays ~

Pat Hatt said...

Uggg sounds like a crappy day was had
That is awful about the dog being given away at the poor kids pad
And at least on the bright side
With the window not rolled up and opened wide
Giving you a slight shiver
If you ever went rolling on the river
Could get out easy enough..haha
Hopefully today isn't so rough

Mary said...

Hah, we are satisfied here with 34 degrees. In winter WE consider it warm. (smiles)

I know what you mean about black holes filled by family members..well expressed, Brian. Like Claudia, it breaks my heart about the family who gave away their dog..those children will never get over that in their lifetime.

Hilary said...

Even chaotic days have their moments of peace and clarity. And rainbows. Nicely done.

happygirl said...

Don't I know of the sucking of the joy of Christmas. But, ahhhh, I'm home and on break and Christmas will have me any way it wants. and... congrats on the publication. :)

DJan said...

Wonderful description of the season. And... I feel your pain. :-)

The Silver Fox said...

Yeahhhh, I know those days.

Suz said...

may your day be better today
and I loved your poem to your wife the day you met her....
shucks

Mama Zen said...

I can't imagine a better description of how I've been feeling lately. Well done, Brian.

Eva Gallant said...

Congrats on being published!

sage said...

Congratulations on your publication and i loved your story. The photo is also neat!

Daniel said...

Oh may, this was manic and paced well. Lovely.

izzy said...

I lost a dog to just such a scene with lies piled on. My Vallkries
are still howling-
hoping for a happier holiday.
Cheers.

Ms Hen said...

Wow...

and I love the poem you wrote about the night you met your wife.

Utterly Divine..

I am glad reading blogs again. Miss them (were busy with work mainly)

Teri said...

And I totally just looked up the definition of "scimitars"! :)

Betsy said...

Oh my...what a day! I know you put a bright spot in those kids' holiday. Contrasts, indeed. And, is there a curse on your car? lol. Hope you have peace and joy over the weekend! :)

I remember that poem, well...what a wonderful one to have published!

Akelamalu said...

Couldn't get much worse could it? :0

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love the way you set this poem out. The repeated conjunction says so much about the narrator's state of mind, and the last few lines deliver a subtle contrast, with the promise of a few more 'Ands' to come in the near future.

hedgewitch said...

When life sucks write a poem about it, I always say--a theme I'm sure you've picked up on at my place. ;_) I will be soooo glad when this season is put to bed for another year. Loved the Roy G Biv line, and hope the holidays get better for you, bri. Congrats on the publishment, too.

Ruthiey said...

There's always something going on that we really can and need to grieve and get angry about, but pausing to look up at a God-in-control and the colors that he sends to delight us is how we learn peace. Thanks, Brian and congrats on getting published. :)

Seek The Sun said...

I've had that window thing happen to me twice. First time,under warranty, second time, not so lucky. Sorry you had a bad day. I love how you managed to write so beautifully about it and how you found a glimmer of the Christmas light rainbow in it. Thanks!
Happy Holidays to you!

Laurie Kolp said...

Lots of contrast here... glad you had fun ice skating... and isn't there always someone proclaiming to be king? Love the Roy G Biv universe.

Merry Christmas!

Maggie said...

and you did it again.:)

I hope you have a Merry Christmas! A very blessed one with your family and friends. Sending many warm hugs!

Fred said...

I love pieces like this. The word and is used all the time but never given it's proper attention due. I love using and at the start of lines and/or sentences. Love how you used it here, and it really pushed the piece forward and forward. I was kind of sad to see the piece stop stylistically. Love the Roygbiv too, haven't heard that in such a long time. also, congrats on the published piece. Merry Christmas a bit early too. Great read, thanks

Titanium said...

I felt this one- like rain driving sideways through the stubbornly frozen-open window.

All will be well and all will be well

AND all manner of things will be well.

Anyes said...

It's so selfish of me to smile thinking I am not the only one having a rough Christmas...Just joking ;-)

I love this rain photograph, it reminded me of Vancouver. The poem you wrote for your wife says so much...Inspiring work, Brian

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Love this. The whirling dirvish of and and and

:) Congrats on the published poem too! :)

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Have a very merry Christmas to you and your published poem.

RD said...

and...and...and.....sheesh

I like hearing it like it is

Peace

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

You hit them all didn't you Brian!!?


A Merry Christmas to you, T and the boys! ENJOY every minute!

Sweeter said...

Well... you've said it, and it is sad to me
that black hole we try to fill in with a light somewhere within... yep! there it is! Good we are still here to tell...

Merry Xmas man, and sweet friend
:-)

MorningAJ said...

It's not all ho ho ho is it?

Rebecca S. said...

Congratulations on the published poem, Brian! There's a bright light for you.

Daydreamertoo said...

Anddddd...What a day!!

Congratulations on being published :_)

Had a good chuckle at the 3am 'ghost' Haha

Natalie said...

Oh, No,

I guess that the storm is over by now.

I feel peacefulness and calmness here.
blessings.

what a beautiful escape while vision is blocked and physical energy is exhausted by day time holiday activities.

Glad to see your publication,
your poem to your wife is touching and has the quality of passion delicacy.

Anonymous said...

Another day has gone by,
It is better today
since fresh waves have come your way.

Hold your horses,
Make your choices,

Enjoy A Fulfilling Friday!

Victoria c.s. said...

Oh, damn, Brian. It was a crappy day, wasn't it? But look at the poem it produced. Birthing is painful. Merry Christmas.

secret agent woman said...

So good to notice the good even after a lot of bad.

tinkwelborn said...

great poem. conversational piece with wit & humor spliced within.
I also like the trope of Roy G Biv with the Christmas lights…this is good.

I laughed when reading, harder the second time. very good job.

thewordbar said...

and...it is (sort of) why I enjoy living away from the family dream stealers..
sorry about the damn window..it's always something.. Yet, you still see the beauty..
Happiest of Holidays Brian and thank for everything!!!

LadyCat said...

Hopefully, the sun will come out tomorrow : ) We are blessed that it will...some don't have that hope.
Congrats on the poem. Love the name Roman ; )

Vicki Lane said...

Great photo and a wonderful poem again. And the merriest of Christmases to you and yours. Thank you for filling our lives with light between the black spaces,Brian!

Margie said...

And, it's always a joy to read your poems!
What a day but tomorrow is a brand new day and may it be a wonderful one for you!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
May the new year bring you many blessings!

Margie said...

Oh, just read the poem that was published in PunkSoulPoet.
It's wonderful!
Congrats :)

Ravenblack said...

Nice continuity. Can't help but have it stuck in one's head. Adding one's own to the chain. :)

Festive cheers to you, Brian.

ayala said...

A rough day...sorry. Great write and I love the poem you wrote about the night you met your beautiful wife. Merry Christmas Brian. I hope you and yours enjoy every minute!

PattiKen said...

It's always hard, what you do. I knows that. But it must be hardest during the holidays. Holidays when kids feel the pain most of all. And so, you too.

wood said...

heh... nice. feels like a modern take on "marry christmas charlie brown". enjoyed this, you handled the mania with grace, well done

Alice Audrey said...

Talk about a tough Christmas.

ds said...

And...being able to see the hope amid the dark spaces (like giving away the dog--ouch!) is what you give to them, wrenching as it is, and they know it, and in their own ways love & respect you for it.

And tomorrow or today, or perhaps both (!) you will have a wonderful holiday with your family all about you and that will be best of all. Merry Christmas, sir.

Goofball said...

and I hope yet that your Christmas weekend is filled with more peace, relaxation and jolly good time with your family


Merry Christmas to you Brian, to your beautiful wife and fun boys. All the best wishes for your extended family too (good healing for your gramma!) and for all the kids you help out in their job. I really hope they all experience some joy & love in their lives.

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Merry Christmas :)
Have a lovely time :)

kweschn said...

Absolutely enjoyed it! :D Beautiful piece as always Brian!

Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year - thank you so much for your kind visits and friendship in the past year - see you in 2012 dear friend.;)
xoxo

adan said...

i've had some of those windshield moments, and a few less of those "roman" moments ;-) but my oh my you said it so well, congrats! ;-)

Syd said...

I imagine that there are many versions of Christmas happening tonight. Some are happy, some are sad, some are empty. I would like for there to be good moments for everyone. I know that won't happen but I can still wish for it.

Rahul Bhatia said...

Lovely thoughts! Merry Christmas!

California Girl said...

Merry Christmas Brian!

The Empress said...

I've got to run over and read the poem.

I KNOW I WILL LOVE IT.

Thank you for the gift of your words.

The Empress said...

Just read it, Brian.

Oh, and oh,.

HOW your wife must love it.

Heather said...

I love, love , love the poem you wrote about your wife!
Merry christmas!

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lori said...

You are always finding a way to write about it all, the good and bad. I visited your Punk Soul Poet poem, and it was amazing. Really great. A definite favorite. Well done!