Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas


pause

& play

cause fast forward happens
     when you don't look

and the rewind button's
     broke on this tape deck

but growing up, it was all about
     the records, come Christmas,

pop & crack in Bing's voice
     and on Christmas eve we'd
     gather in tight in the back
     room at uncles house and talk
     to Santa on the hamm radio

feed the dog brussel sprouts
     to clean our plate
     cause that might determine
naughty or nice

& for one night just be
     and be family
     together

     so tonight
pause

& play

cause fast forward happens
     when you don't look

and the rewind button's
     broke, but bing he still sings,
     though sometimes skips

h-h-h-Have yourself a merry
      little christmas

Through the years
      we all will be together
If the fates allow

And have yourself
      a merry little Christmas now


Merry Christmas Everyone ~ Much Love, Brian

This is my gift under the tree for the Christmas celebration @ dVerse Poets

119 comments:

Maggie May said...

Have a very Merry Christmas.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

The Silver Fox said...

This means a lot to those of my age group, maybe more than those of your own, I must say.

Well done... and Merry Christmas to all of you, Brian.

Evalinn said...

Merry Christmas Brian, I hope you and your family will have a wonderful weekend! :-)

Daniel said...

Brian - beautiful words. I pray that and T and the boys have a wonderful Christmas filled with love and joy and the Spirit. Blessings.

Rachel said...

have a beautiful and very Merry Christmas, Brian. blessings abound to you and yours!

Zeba said...

Merry Christmas!! :-D

Tabor said...

Back at you Brian, but I must say you do not look that old!

Mary said...

Ah yes, at this season we all look back at Christmases past, I think. And indeed fast forward happens....too fast, way too fast.

Merry Christmas, Brian! And thanks for all you do at dVerse. It is not taken for granted (by me).

Laurie Kolp said...

Bing... and the records... thanks for the memories (although I wish I'd had a dog to feed brussel sprouts to). ]

Merry Christmas to you, too, Brian.

Caty said...

Sometimes I feel like my fast forward button is stuck in the on position, haha :) Merry Christmas to your and your family, Brian!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Fast forward happens when you don't look. That's life, isn't it? I'm listening to the pop and crackle of an old Bing album right now. Merry Christmas.

Li said...

Merry Christmas and a healthy, peaceful, prosperous New Year to you!! Thank you for your inspiration. :-)

Blue Bunny said...

merrie chrissmiss!

I hops you haz lots of joy and funs.

me

BB

ooxx

And in my house my jannie maeks me eat all the brussil sprouts. but i liek them.

happy holliday from my jannie too

Uneven Stephen said...

Very nice reminiscence, Brian. Merry Christmas!

Quarto Barto said...

Merry Christmas Brian!

hedgewitch said...

Hang a shining star on that highest bough while you're at it, my friend, and may your Christmas be groovy and things settle down and mellow out in the New Year.

wolfsrosebud said...

nice family capture...

Suz said...

gosh, you are a wonderful poet
and a good man
must have been those Christmas nights of long ago and the songs played on the record player and the ham radio and all those relatives huddled together in love
yea, Merry Christmas

LadyCat said...

Love this..."and the rewind button's broken". No do overs in this life, so enjoy every precious moment.
Bing's voice is like velvet : )
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Janice said...

Beautifully done! I had to laugh about the brussels sprouts; in my home it was asparagus. A very Merry Christmas to you!

TALON said...

Merry Christmas, Brian. Wishing you and your family a beautiful one!

Pat Hatt said...

Fast forward seems to get faster every year
And yep feeding the dog was sure done here
Merry Christmas to you
Hopefully Santa comes Ho Ho Hoing and leaves stuff to view

Geraldine said...

Oh this is so perfect and purrrrrfect too Brian.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas....

Best to you and your family, G

Margie said...

Brian, wishing you and your family a most wonderful Christmas full of joy, peace and love!

Wonderful poem!
Thank you always for sharing the very special poems!
I truly enjoy them!

Smiles to you, my friend!

Margie :)

rosaria said...

Oh, that takes me back!
Have a great one, Brian.

sheila said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours as well! :)
Sheila

CiCi said...

Bing still sings and old records still can be spun on old record players. Nice memories.

Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas, Brian.

Betsy said...

Aww...loved this...one of your best. Seems the fast forward button is stuck in the 'on' position most of the time. Nice reminder to hit pause and soak it up.

Merry Christmas! xo

Birdie said...

what a wonderful reminder Brian! "fast forward happens when you don't look and the rewind button's broke" ... you don't need to say no more ... so beautifully expressed!!!
merry Christmas to you & yours!!!

AngelMay said...

So right! Fast Forward seems to happen all the time to me. Please! Somebody! Slow it down! :)

Merry Happy to you and yours, Brian!

Beth Winter said...

I smiled. Merry Christmas, Brian

Beth

PS even my dog hates brussel sprouts

Adam said...

Merry Christmas

Grace said...

What a wonderful memory to treasure ~

Merry Christmas Brian ~

Eva Gallant said...

Merry Christmas and much love to you and yours.

RD said...

I'm hearing Burl Ives as I sneak sips of eggnog ala Tom Moore, before the fine china is set and mysterious labels are deciphered as plumes of cherry wood drown the air of sadness

my message to you is in your in box...

Peace Brother

siggiofmaine said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Brian, I hope you and those dear to you have a wonderful holiday.

Peace,
Siggi in Downeast Maine

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Ah, you took me right there!

Thank you, dear Brian, for this and everything. Have a lovely day!

tony said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS BRIAN.I HOPE YOU & YOURS HAVE A FINE CHRISTMAS.

manicddaily said...

Thanks so much, Brian. Good old Bing! Take care and enjoy! You are very right about rewind button! K.

Daydreamertoo said...

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family Brian. Enjoy Bing and everything that makes smiles on everyone's faces.
Thanks for being YOU! It's been such a pleasure getting to know just the small part of what helps make you, you. all the very best to you and yours.

Christine said...

So true about that fast forward button, enjoy that young family of yours, Merry Christmas! Christine xo

tera said...

I like this :)
Merry Christmas. 13 minutes and counting til I can get the heck outta here and go home.
Til tomorrow.... working on Christmas sucks, but I guess the emergencies don't stop just because it's Christmas, eh?
Have a happy!

Claudia said...

smiles... the rewind button's broke..sometimes i wish for one in life to live the nice moments again and again and...but on the other hand..better to live forward and play and sing those new songs... a wonderful christmas to you and your fam bri

zongrik said...

a lot of nice little personal touches i esp. liked feeding the dogs Brussels sprouts

Eddie Bluelights said...

Happy Christmas, Brian ~ Eddie

farmlady said...

May the New Year bring you and your family many blessings, Brian.
Have a wonderful holiday...

Yousei Hime said...

Nicely shared. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Victoria said...

Ha, we've been listening to Bing and Frank and Perry Como and all the newer ones, too. Yes, life does fast forward. Merry Christmas, Brian. Enjoy your family! I'll try to add a post for Poetics. Been a busy day, but now David's watching the Hawai'i bowl so I might have a chance. :0)

Sophia said...

Merry, MERRY Christmas, dude! :) Just saying..

kaykuala said...

Brian,
Bing and his White Christmas and all. It was the same over here too. You relive the same many years ago here just as much. Thanks for the memory!

Hank

Mama Zen said...

Merry Christmas, Brian!

turtlememoir said...

Ah, Merry Christmas to you, Brian - a little bit of nostalgia there, with old Bing and the vinyl records and all... Thanks so much for being you!

R. Burnett Baker said...

Have a wonderful Christmas, Brian. Best wishes to you and your family!

JANU said...

Merry Christmas.

Tara Miller said...

It's so nice to look back and remember special family memories, especially on the holidays like this. I look forward to making many more of our own, love.

Let us remember the reason why we celebrate...thank you Lord, for the perfect gift you have given unto us. Happy Birthday Jesus!

Rachel said...

Merry Christmas to you too! i love this poem. your poetry is starting to inspire my own. i love this poem because of all the images it conjured up...images that i can connect with and relate to. beautiful.

Whosyergurl said...

Merry Christmas, Brian. I'm thinkin of Christmases past as well.
Cheryl

sharplittlepencil said...

Love the reference to vinyl records on this. Although singers still refer to them as "albums," you can't beat an old record for the predictable hiccups and skips. Nicely done, Brian, and Merry Christmas to you and yours... Amy

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Brian!

Syd said...

You have a great one too, Brian. I am so tired but trying to catch up on blogs. Had to stop here to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

adeeyoyo said...

And God's very, very best blessings to you and yours, dear Brian!

Hilary said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Brian.

JOHN said...

Well said, Merry Christmas.I havent been on in awhile.
John

Anyes said...

Have a wonderful Christmas, Brian. Enjoy the pause and the play :-)

Fred said...

Wonderful Christmas poetry Brian. The message is succinct and beautiful. Very nice. Thanks. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Well done!

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

And thanks so much for your fun contribution to last week's Limerick-Off!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Well done!

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

And thanks so much for your fun contribution to last week's Limerick-Off!

Valerie said...

Through the years
we all will be together
If the fates allow

Please God.

Merry Christmas, Brian.

Glynn said...

Merry Christmas, Brian, to you and your family.

Fireblossom said...

to: waystation 1

merry xmas. nice pome. have a merry merry, dude.

from: mrs santa

n. pole

ayala said...

Merry Christmas, Brian. Have a wonderful holidays and I wish you and yours happiness today and always.

Cinner said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Brian, you brought back some fine memories. wishing you and your family the Very Best Day. thanks for all you do. c

Ms Hen said...

I love this poem.. the Play & Pause.. and the Rewind not working..

It reminds me to Stay Conscious and Present and enjoy today with my 3 children and future son-in-law.. !!

I did all the cooking & cleaning yesterday so I can enjoy today their company..

Merriest Christmas to you and your love ones..

Betty Ann

yellowhousecafe said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Brian. May the magic of the season carry onward to the New Year. I'll let Bing play this one out with a somber, oh come all ye faithful ( then the static will play as the players arm slowly moves to the end, lifts, and begins, again) ~

Sheila Moore said...

Merry Christmas! Have fun p-p-pausing and playing today (smiles)

Jerry said...

I'll underline the fast forward Brian. Pause and play, it's A O.K.
And Bing...he just rings! Sounds like we might just be around the same age. Merry to you and yours!

Jyoti Mishra said...

Merry Christmas Brian !!
may this b the happiest of all :)

Ed Pilolla said...

h-h-have a merry little christmas youself:) been searching for that rewind button for many years myself...

Bonnie said...

... "now" ... Thank you Brian for these words and all the wisdom and delight you share here at WaystationOne. Blogging would not be the same without you.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and yours.

flaubert said...

Brian, this brought tears to my eyes-beautiful poem. Have a wonderful Christmas and new year!

Pamela

ninotaziz said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family,Brian.

vivinfrance said...

I hope you've had a lovely day. The fast forward was stuck on today for me!

nerima roberts said...

Oh please don't give the dog brussel sprouts! *stinky*
Brian, I haven't been here at your blog for over a year...I see you are STILL going strong! Your words continue to tumble out like crazy.

Tifiny said...

what a meaningful song.

Merry Christmas and

Happy New Year!

Love and peace.

xo

Tifiny said...

Oops.

I mean, prayers and blessings.

Happy Holidays.

Yousei Hime said...

Phew ... 85 comments. You are one popular poet on Christmas day. :D Good for you!

Thanks for visiting and reading the sonnet. Hope your holiday was filled with giggles, wrapping paper and yummy food. I appreciate you coming by for a read. I think the poem ended up making things sound more dramatic than they are, but when you write from mostly emotion, those colors are going to dominate. Simply "selling" (as in for a wedding ring) was meant as giving someone else the right to tell you what you “ought” to do. Alright … no more whining today. Very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

emmett wheatfall said...

Reminded me so much of my experience growing up Brian. Despite the growing hatred for Christmas, it will forever live in our hearts. Hopefully our children's too. Merry Christmas to you and family.

missing moments said...

Merry Christmas Brian. Wishing you much love and joy on this day.

Lolamouse said...

Have a Merry Christmas, Brian!

Harish G. said...

Merry Christmas Brian, a lovely poem, family time is a Christmas delight!

Lorraine said...

That is s beautiful Brian, brings back all my chilhood memorie and the Fifth Dimension I want tomarry you bill,I love you so, I alwayswill lol and my favourite Aquarius and let the sunshine in lol Hope you have a great Christmas dear Brian

Steve E said...

A day late to read...but that only makes it better--like extension of the magic of Christmas Day--by Brian!
Sweet thoughts, man!
PEACE!

ladyfi said...

Such a lovely poem. Joyful greetings to you and your family.

Ginny Brannan said...

Just saw this, Brian. Brought back so many childhood memories--ribbon candy at my Aunt Mary's, the big ol' lights on the tree (including a "bubbler" which always fascinated me!) plus the music, always the music, Bing, Dean, Johnny Mathis--the classics, never gets old. And my all time favorite song that you quote at the end. The memories flood back, and tears flow for those gone but in our hearts. Thanks for sharing this. Lovely. Belated Merry Christmas & all the best in the new year to you and yours, Brian.

The Empress said...

Have a wonderful Christmas, Brian. I wish lots of time with you and your family.

How is your grandmother?

Has your son's lump gone down?

These are the things, so important.

Thank you for everything year, I don't know how you do it.

One of the mysteries in my life right now...how does Brian do it.

Bluebell Books said...

Good Morning:

posted some stuff withdrawn from two of your post.

hope that you don't mind.

bless you and your family.

Happy New Year.

Bluebell Books said...

your words are always full of texture and soft phrases.

which make your poetry vibrating and sparkling.

Keep up the excellence.

Hang in there,
make the most out of nowhere or nothing, that's magic.

Thanks for the entertainment to your followers...

Smiles.

Happy Monday.

Sam!! said...

Merry Christmas!!

Hope u r having a great time with ya family n people around..:)

Blessings!
Sam..

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Lovely :)

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)

lori said...

Just wanted to sneak back in for a moment to wish you a belated Merry Christmas. I hope you had a wonderful time with loved ones :)

nsiyer said...

Merry Christmas, Brian. Great post

Daydreamertoo said...

Thanks Brian. Was a nice Christmas. The mini monster got what she wished for, a new zelda game for her Wii.. It's got all sorts of new type things she can do, including a motion sensor, so, you have to move your arm and body etc to make it do stuff but... it's a big secret, non-one (especially not her cool friends) is supposed to know she plays a Zelda GAME on the Wii... LOLOL Kids!! A young adult one minute and a child the next. So, don't tell anyone..ok? LOL
Glad you had a great time with your family there... :)

paysan said...

Beautifully put Brian, you're bringing back some memories for me - I still have a pile of my dad's old 78's. A lot of jazz mainly. Hope you have a great Christmas and happy writing in 2012...

Lord Thomas of Wellington said...

Brian,
Nice poem.. brings back memories. Hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas... you are so faithful to come and visit me on my blog!
Thanks Buddy! :) Happy New Year to you.

Steve King said...

Just the right message, Brian. Best regards of the season.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Merry Christmas!

Heather said...

And a Very Merry Christmas to you too!!
I love the words in this!!!
I hope you enjoyed your family during the holidays!!!
:)

KB said...

Hope you're enjoying the holidays.

Katherine Krige said...

Merry Christmas Brian. Hugs to you, T & the boys. Here's hoping the gaping black holes in your life are filled with light from your tree.

Katherine
xo

Gia said...

Merry Christmas!

Rallentanda said...

Merry Christmas

Thank you for your visits throughout the year.

Fondnesses
Rall

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! And let's all continue to enjoy the holidays.

Have a prosperous new year!

JJRod'z

Goofball said...

tssss what's wrong with Brussels sprouts huh?
Well I guess Brussels waffles are nicer ;)

secret agent woman said...

I remember slipping food to the dog, too!

Vicki Lane said...

Hoping your Christmas joys can be experienced in slo-mo -- kids grow up so fast.

Margaret said...

feed the dog brussel sprouts
to clean our plate
cause that might determine
naughty or nice


ha ha. Thanks for the laugh!

Sue said...

Bing and Christmas go together for me.

Hope yours was wonderful!

=)

Me said...

Just catching up because I took a week off of the nets...

This is just perfect. Love it.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Beautifully nostalgic!