Tuesday, December 13, 2011

OpenLinkNight: The journey love took


Nothing says love louder than
     letting your lover warm
     cold winter feet
     against your body
     as you try drifting 
     off to sleep

The same feet you dulled
     your fingers on earlier
     working kinks out
     the sole of a hard day

Or bringing those same hands
     to your face, as you lay,
     wincing, so you can once more
     catch the scent  
     of the journey love took,
     to come, to this place.

OpenLinkNight @ dVerse Poets - Come gather round and hear---poetry fill the air with oo's ahhh's and sighs, you will not believe your eyes...and it all begins at 3 pm EST. 

A special announcement:  Just released from Willow Tree Press, a poetry chap book, featuring Claudia Schoenfeld, Adam Dustus, Pete Marshall, Gay Cannon, Shan Ellis and Brian Miller (hey that is me!) is available for purchase here. In the Presence of Poets, Volume 2, and it is my honor to be in the presence of these friends and word artists.

132 comments:

the walking man said...

Laying naked in the snow for twenty minutes and then having your partner share the bed to warm you up says love louder...or is it icier?

Mary said...

Beautiful, Brian. The cold feet can indeed warm the heart and remind one of all the love shared.

LadyCat said...

Cold feet...warm hearts : )
Congrats on the chapbook! I'm going to check it out now.

teri said...

Just so very perfect... my husband would surely find this so very perfect.

You have a great place here. I saw you over on "A Little Lilac" and then again on over on Laura's blog. Compelled (your photo- you know it is wonderful) to visit I saw you needed one more person to take you to the 1000 mark.

Oh and before posting my comment, I decided to trek over to the beginning of your blog... creepy I know. Where I see mention of Lynchburg and Roanoke. I have to wonder if you are still there-(I am over in Blacksburg.) Blessings to you and your family in this Christmas season,

SassyModernMom said...

So sweet and so very true:)

Magpie said...

Beautiful words. Congratulations on the book...they're in good company too. :)
How is your son?

neelthemuse said...

Warm way to end the poem....congratulations on the chap book Brian!

Sheila Moore said...

Awesome about the book! How can I get everyone to autograph it? (smiles). Beautiful poem. Not blushing as bad as I did with the other one :)

Pat Hatt said...

Cold feet, warms hearts, can't lose
Whether you shmooze or snooze
The journey is there
Although those cold feet may raise your leg hair

Tara Miller said...

I giggle at this....and my heart is warmed. Love you....Love us (and your ice cold feet) ;)

Anyes said...

The string of our hearts are tied with the cold feet of our loved ones? and all that time I was wondering what love was all about ;-)

I love this photograph!

Congratulations on the book, Brian :-)

Birdie said...

awww a bit of poetic here today :-)
congratulation on the book Brian!!!!! i remember everyone asking you to publish for all the time that i read you, finally it's here :-)

Claudia said...

guess i never really realized how loud love spoke when my husband even if i did not ask offered to warm my ice cold feet.. smiles.. this is a beautiful poem brian...love the intimacy in this and the journey it is to get there...and love the catching of feet scent..smiles..

hedgewitch said...

A warming poem, full of the essence of love's give and take. Many congrats on the book to you and all our other friends and compatriots on the poetry trail.

Daydreamertoo said...

Ahhhh the bliss of sharing ... everything ... exactly as it is... Love in all aspects. Even wincing LOL
Congratulations on the book to you, Claudia and everyone else mentioned! WTG You all :)

Madhulika said...

Awwww... :)
Its really a wonderful feeling when you slip your cold feet into your lovers hot ones :)
BTW... Congratulations..!!

Myrna R. said...

So sweet, lovers warming each other. This made me grateful for the fact that my husband, almost every night, gives me a foot rub.

(Congrats on the book. I'd love to purchase.)

Lolamouse said...

I know those cold feet well! Congrats on the chapbook!

Daniel said...

Cool beans on everything contained in today's post!

Okie said...

absolutely sweet and true. great poem.

manicddaily said...

Hi Brian,

wonderful poem--really sweet and many congrats re book! Will definitely get. Take care, k.

kaykuala said...

Playing footsie,wow!Foot warmers of the living kind, a lot can happen in the warmth. We can relate to that.

Congrats on the book! It would be fun to purchase one.

Hank

The Silver Fox said...

The poem was a very nice complement to the photo.

Natasha Head said...

Brian...this is lovely (if I dare use such a word) Wonderful, engaging and tender...truly a beautiful read...and I can't wait to get my copy! What a line-up Master WordWeaver! Yay you all :)

rosaria said...

Oh my L! Just this. Immense.

Helen said...

This little piggy went to market, this little piggy went to town ... I'm going to cycle this through my brain all day! Wonderful that you are published ... you deserve a huge audience.

Brian Miller said...

trying to keep it pretty straight forward this week instead of dancing too much in my words...capturing little moments through out the week...

magpie...thanks for asking...we think it is an infection in the salivary gland...it stopped swelling once he was on medication, his appetite came back as well...we hope now the swelling goes down as it continues to build in his system....

TALON said...

I'm so glad my hubby allows me to put ice-feet against his warm ones :)

Beautiful, Brian.

Heaven said...

thanks for the update on your son...hope he gets stronger...love the sweet post....and congrats on the published book...will check it out ~

The Silver Fox said...

Glad to hear that things are under control with your son. Which son is it, by the way?

Heather said...

wow! love the poem and now i am off to check out your book!

Sue said...

One winter's night, when we were very young, my husband and I got to our new apartment only to find the hot water and heat were not turned on. We had traveled long and hard, and I refused to forego a shower, (yes I was a stubborn sort) so I took one. He, of course, had better sense. True love was the way he saved me from acute hypothermia (well, maybe not quite, but close) afterwards by snuggling up to the ice cube that was me.

;)

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous write, Brian! And, congratulations on the chapbook!

blueviolet said...

Love is indeed a wonderful way to warm up - whether it's feet or heart.

Tina said...

Congrats on the book! Gonna have to buy that one! "sole of a hard day" is a brilliant line.
Tina @ Life is Good

wolfsrosebud said...

if only everyone had foot warmers...

Zuzana said...

Oh, dear Brian I savoured every word - they speak volumes to me as I recognize what they describe so well, it is as if you spoke my mind.;)
And featured in a poetry book, why I am not surprised.;) Congratulations dear friend.;)
xoxo

beccagivens said...

Absolutely ... my husband would have to agree on the first stanza 100%!! Great job, and congratulations on the book ~~

Laurie Kolp said...

Congratulations... I can't wait to get my hands on it.

mrs mediocrity said...

I love love love this. To me, this sort of thing is real love.

Congrats on the book, off to check it out now!

Timoteo said...

Poignant and oh so lovely...but you know I would JUMP and probably fall out of bed at the first touch of those icy feet!

Mike Sutcliffe (Poetryman) said...

Wow ~ what intimacy and expression of love ~ I'm there all the way!

magicinthebackyard said...

ohhhh i love this! its so human. the feet we search for beneath the blankets, the same ones we massage the kinks out of. what perspective you have, I love being inside your head. You have such a way of bringing those small hidden things into the light of day and making me go ahhhh! Thanks!

Kellie
@BackyardPonders
http://magicinthebackyard.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/in-the-silence-of-make-believe/

Ann Grenier said...

Many congratulations on the new chapbook! And those lucky enough to have partners who don't mind cold feet are rich indeed!

Best wishes for your son's quick recovery.

Anthony Desmond said...

simple and gorgeous poem, Sir Brian

Glenn Buttkus said...

This sweet three stanzas lets us
see a glimpse of the softer side
of the poet, and I love it. It brought
my fever down, as I get worked up
daily, writing, reading, and commenting.
Most to your poems I have read in
the last six months have been
muscular, powerful, macabre,
rife with symbolic second meanings.
I find a brother in you, and feel
that you, too, are "an outlaw of
the sensorium." as Kerouac said.

wayside word garden said...

Congrats on the book! And what a sweet intimate poem!

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Couldn't agree more, cold feet on warm skin is the ultimate bedroom sacrifice haha.

Someone is Special said...

cold feet and warm heart is a beautiful combo Brian.. :-) :-)

Someone is Special

Arron Shilling said...

this caught me off guard bro.

V nice - sweet without sachrine

now thats as rare as me feeling a pang in my heart type area when reading poetry

U da man

RD said...

magic madness...great image of great moments...thanks

Peace

Bar None Publishing Group said...

Brian, we both know what it takes to survive winter. Cheers my friend!
Mark Butkus
http://www.barnonegroup.com/2011/12/ode-to-wednesday-night.html

Eva Gallant said...

You are such a romantic!

Divalounger said...

What a romantic thought--lovely, lovely work!

Audrey

happygirl said...

So sweet. Cold feet, warm heart, loving embrace... I wear socks to bed. :)

Steve E said...

"...so you can once more
catch the scent
of the journey love took,
to come, to this place."

I could change final words: "...to this holy place."

Something spiritual about that deepest of sharing, allowing one's feet to warm on another's body (stomach?). And the foot-rubbing (sigh!). Loved it Brian!

drybottomgirl said...

When my husband crawls into bed after getting off a second shift the first thing he always does is put his cold feet on my warm legs. I let him because I can't stand cold feet either. However there is no foot rubbing because we are both super ticklish in the foot department. Sweet write!

Pat said...

Did you see me nodding my head after reading that first paragraph? Ha ha!

ayala said...

Love this, Brian. Simply delicious poetry. Congratulations on the book. I can't wait to read it!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Just gorgeous!

otin said...

Awesome about the book! It's nice when a larger audience can see what you've written.

Friko said...

That's love and no mistake.

Christi Moon said...

beautifully penned glimpse into a sweet moment of shared intimacy. really enjoyed reading this tonight :)

mairmusic said...

sweet, and an unusual image to use-- I like it, my friend!

Steve King said...

Brian,
Congratulations on the publication. Also for sharing this wonderfully intimate and compelling piece.

Suz said...

faint

Suz said...

faint

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Brrr...okay, if you say so. :-)

Joanne Elliott said...

It's the seemingly small things that say 'love.' Nicely done.
And congrats to you and the others on the book!

Luke Prater said...

A love poem, eh? I think the forst I've seen for Mr Miller. Nicely done, Sir. There's a romantic in there...

Catherine said...

I love my hubby so much because he let's me put my icicle toes on his back! :)

Vodka Mom said...

great, great news.


and the piece ain't bad, either.

Kaylen said...

So beautiful. Having cold feet and no warm body to warm them on is one of the downfalls of being a single lady! I miss the warm body on cold nights....you know, for my feet of course!

colleen said...

Sweet. Tender. Nice mood.

lyne said...

Well I do declare..this makes me want a foot rub.."honey, you ready"..

Light and loverly!!!

chromapoesy.com said...

Congratulation on publication! I laughed aloud and thoroughly enjoyed your poem; oh, the things we do for love.

turtlememoir said...

A love-ly write - and I agree, nothing says love louder than...

Ravenblack said...

Congrats on being published. :)

Loved the poem and it's simplicity in illustrating love. It is in these precious little things.

Charles Elliott/Beautyseer said...

Ah, the heavy scent of hands after they have administered a foot massage?!? Phew.

Actually, warming the feet of a Significant Other seems a perfect symbol of two people in love, warming to one another. And this is a universal experience you have tapped pleasingly here.

Katherine Krige said...

Oh, I just fell in love. swoon...

Ps. Congrats on the book Brian et al!

sage said...

Cold feet, eh? You catch the moments of love!

beckykilsby said...

That you express love through images of dull, cold, soles, feet...yes..reality. That's where love is... and what it transforms. Appreciate the simplicity of this.
And brilliant book news.. congrats Brian, well deserved.

Charles Miller said...

A very intimate moment caught between fingers of care and joy. You've brought a flood of memories of cold feet, warm bodies, and how we find love in the fragility and willingness to bring joy to and from those we love.

JANU said...

Lovely.

Divya said...

Nice and simple/ liked how simply emotions are captured no decoration :)
And congrats for your new chapbook

EcoGrrl said...

mm yes, my very favorite thing is to tuck my cold ice cube toes between the legs of my lover to get warm, hear him yelp, and giggle uproariously!!

yellowhousecafe said...

a sensuous write that makes one remember that there is love, and then, there is Love ~

farmlady said...

This is just beautiful, Brian.

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

Congrats Brain on the book. and I Love this poem. thank you for sharing your lighter side. ;)

http://1emeraldcity.wordpress.com said...

Rubbing feet...how I love this...the intimacy and sweetness of it. Nice, Brian! Congrats on the chapbook!

Sakhi. said...

:)

Sakhi. said...

Congratulations :D

pspacer11 said...

You have enough comments here, so I shall stay schtum ;-)

Valerie said...

The laying on of cold feet proves the depth of our love.

Exciting news about the new publication, Brian. Congratulations.

Lorraine said...

Lovely should be lyrics to a beautiful symphony, romantic, lovely...

Dave King said...

Love this - it's spot on in both form and content. Well written.

SueAnn said...

I always have cold feet and hands. This brought a smile to my lips for sure!
Beautiful
Hugs
SueAnn

adeeyoyo said...

Lovely sentiments in this piece, Brian!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Now THAT'S a love poem

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secret agent woman said...

Love, I find, is most seen in the menial tasks.

CiCi said...

Very sensual. You sure know how to write. Sharing the entire intimate experience brings the comfort and joy.

butterfly2cocoon said...

hey Brian... I totally agree about the cold feet... My hub gets to warm them ;)
Btw-ordered two copies of the book, one for me and one as a gift. I am very excited and can't wait to get it!

James Rainsford said...

Great intensity and a beautifully understated sensuality. Love it!

C Rose said...

Delicate and touching, love the expression on loyalty and purity in this. Many congrats on the book Brian! Much deserved my friend! ~ Rose

annell said...

I love it, heart and feet or souls.

Shawna said...

I completely agree with every word! Clever ending lines. :)

Joanne said...

Ah ha! We see the soft center of Brian. How cool! Oh, yes the cold feet warming. I experience that regularly. Love the "sole" in the second stanza. Great combination of the realness of life and the realness of love at the same time.

joanna said...

congrats on the chap, b. :)

this piece is sweeter than honey. *smiles*

Syd said...

Those cold feet are put on mine every night!

Lizzy said...

Toasty!
Thank you, for the memory.

Janice said...

Beautifully romantic...

Caty said...

sweet poem, Brian. And congratulations on the book; that's awesome! :) I'm gonna go check it out

ipenka said...

I liked this one. Very heartwarming way to cover love.

Although it looks like this winter the book will be what I will be taking to bed!

Ginny Brannan said...

Am lucky enough that my dear husband tolerates my ice cold feet, but have been waiting years for that foot massage! Still all in all, happy to look back on the journey. A lovely piece, a lovely reminder to cherish what you have :-)

Zeba said...

As always, beautiful. The photos add a whole new feel to your posts. Make them surreal sometimes. I love it.

bajanpoet said...

This is an AWESOMELY sweet poem, Brian ... "working kinks out
the sole of a hard day..."

This is so true ... love it!

Kitty Moore said...

That is incredibly beautiful - would you marry me please?

Sh@s said...

Amazingly sweet and romantic :)

Natalie said...

It looks like a dream coming true,
Honest and Romantic One!

Margaret said...

Love this. But what does it say of me when I expect my feet to be warmed against him, but won't let his icy feet touch me? In my defense, my feet are never near as cold as his...

Fred said...

Really nice sentiments illustrated as only you can do. Great job. And congrats on the book

Margie said...

This is so beautiful!
I fell in love with every word!

And congrats on the book!

Victoria said...

Love the poem...my husband is a perfect foot warmer. And such good news about the publication. Congrats!

Broken Sparkles said...

the image and your words blend in together very sweetly, passionately ... I like this kind of poetry ...

aidz said...

Special is one word to describe this :)

Goofball said...

very true


yet the idea of getting those cold feet against me to warm up....brrrr, aah, that is so cold!

rain :: said...

oh how fantastic brian! congratulations! and um...this piece? totally awesome.

Grandmother said...

Sweet but powerful love and writing. May your son continue to heal and congrats on your chapbook.

william said...

I used to put my cold feet on my wife when I went to bed does that count lol, great post as always friend.

M. A. S. said...

Very nice. Unglamorously authentic love.

Morning said...

This is obvious, bravo.

Very Bold Expression, Bless you, I bet you have your loved one warm up your cold winter feet every single night.

Stay Happy...

Kateri said...

This is beautiful and made me smile. --I'm the one with cold feet in my marriage and nothing says love more than my husband letting me warm my feet on him. :)