Sunday, January 1, 2012

12:05 in Cleveland






my wife bought bottle poppers
     (pull the string, loud crack and streamers
           s
             t
          r     e
         a          m
                everywhere)
     thinking it cute
     if we set them off at the turn
     of the page

finding them, the boys slipped the trigger
     early, a gunshot in the confines
     of the hotel room

recovering, we told them to hold
     them until after dinner, out
     on the streets


shots fired on prospect street, units responding

asking my son his favorite memory
     of the year, later as we lay on the bed,
     ball spiralling its way d
                                     o
                                     w
                                     n
     it was evading the police

and as we did, i bought a flower
     off a homeless vet for a dollar
     presenting it to my bride

two blocks closer, finding a box,
     tore into, a massacre of petals & stems
     we gathered a bouquet of their bodies
     as the blue lights screamed by in a blur

even now as my family sighs asleep
     fireworks over Indians stadium
     shake the new year air, tainting
     it with the sharp scent of gunpowder.

A quick recap of our New Year's Eve. Hope all are well today. The game is at 4:15 pm and am considering fleeing the city afterward as they are calling for up to 12 inches of snow Monday continuing through Thursday. Or I may sped the week in exile. Smiles. Happy Today everyone!

The party is still going on over at dVerse, with the first verse of the year.

93 comments:

Rae said...

Sounds like you had an interesting New Year's eve:) Enjoy the day. I'll be pulling for the Steelers.

Rachel said...

sounds like you had a beautiful New Years Eve with your family. blessing, Brian.

Brian Miller said...

oh its been a blast...snickers...lots of fun and lots of great people as well...despite the gunpowder and gun shots...happy new year everyone!

happygirl said...

Happy New Year to you and yours. LOVE crackers and the POP and the streamers. :)

Tara Miller said...

Happy New Year!! This has been such a fun trip with lots of silly, fun and loud popping memories. :) have fun at the game!

Mary said...

Oh, yikes! Your boys pulling those caps early must have created quite a stir. I'll hope your Steelers do well today if you'll root for my Packers! (Not a chance you'll root for the Pack, I think.) Hope you get out of town safely!

Pat Hatt said...

haha bah one has to see how they work before the show
So pulling it early just let them know
Would be hard on the ears though
Especially as all those gun shots bellow
Yeah I'd run from the snow too
Of course then it will prob just follow you

Christine said...

Sounds like fun, except for the real shots in the street, some over zealous partiers perhaps? I need a nap today in the worst way. Enjoy the rest of your New Year plans:)

Templeton's fury said...

happy new year brian! be safe! Loved the concrete words

DJan said...

Wonderful poem, as always. Happy New Year, Brian! You have certainly given me a thoughtful OLD year! :-)

Mama Zen said...

Glad you're having fun, Brian!

Laurie Kolp said...

I can only imagine... never a dull minute with kids, huh? Have fun at the game.

Betsy said...

haha...oh that is so funny! The boys will talk about that forever. Hope you don't get snowed in!

zongrik said...

your family sighs in their sleep, but you are up writing? how dedicated!!!

don't let your pounding the keyboard wake them up.

hedgewitch said...

Sounds like the new year is coming in loud and clear, and the company couldn't be better. Have streaming fun at the game, and good luck with either the traveling, or the being snowbound. Best of 2012's to you and your family, brian.

Mona said...

whoa!

& I came to wish a HAPPY new year!

Well, hope you have one anyway!

Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden said...

It sounds like you have fun,

safe driving on your way back home tonight.

Happy New Year!

Claudia said...

wow..fireworks, flowers, gunpowders, a game and probably being snowed in...what a start into 2012...sounds like real life and lots of fun...smiles

Valerie said...

There's never a dull moment in your country..grins. Hope you don't get stranded. We need you back in blogging land.

Anne said...

"a masacre of petals and stems...." wonderful the way you played the beautiful against the obscene. Works so well.

AngelMay said...

Happy New Year, Brian!

Eva Gallant said...

Your New Years was more exciting than mine; I was sound asleep by 11:30, after watching a Big Bang theory marathon!

Daydreamertoo said...

Fabulous new years write from you. Good to see you're having a great time with your family.

adeeyoyo said...

Go or stay, either way it's your choice. Glad you enjoyed your New Year! Hope you make it home safely!

Heaven said...

We are also having a snowy week ~

Enjoy the game ~

Happy day ~

Bonnie said...

A lovely way to record these memories Brian. Happy day and year to you and yours.

Cloudia said...

Happiest New Year wishes
with Warm Aloha from Waikiki
Comfort Spiral

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Whosyergurl said...

Hey, Brian. Happy New Year. Did you see that IU beat Ohio State last night? YES! It is supposed to snow in southern IN, too.
Cheryl

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

The poem/story was absolutely lovely. Hope you stay safe from all that snow!

Birdie said...

these memories will be cherished forever & they are so precious :-)
a very happy New Year to you Brian and to your family!!!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I hope the kids are having a great time there. It's always fun to get away and on New Year's weekend no less. Happy New Year!

Fireblossom said...

That would be Progressive Field, to you outlanders!

Mark Kerstetter said...

As I write this you are no doubt in your seat about to bite into a hotdog. I hope it's the best hotdog you've ever had. Have a great time Brian.

Tom said...

if possible i'd love to spend ny's eve in Times Square some day...but Cleveland? Never even thought of that

Daniel said...

An adventure as only you could live! Blessings to you.

Alice Audrey said...

Those must have been impressive poppers. Fun. :)

C.M. Jackson said...

happy new year to you and your family --all the best-c

Fred said...

Really nice projective verse Brian, sounds like you all had quite the time, glad to hear that. Yeah i hear that storm is coming this way too, suppose to hit round tuesday sometimes, so I hope you enjoy the game, win your division and get back to your home safe, without having to pass through any snow. Thanks

Anyes said...

Happy today to you too Brian :-)

izzy said...

Lovely- especially the very beginning with those little poppers
*SNAP* --Glad you all had fun!
Hey that d'verse challenge,maybe my 55 would fit huh?

PattiKen said...

Best part of New Year's Eve for a kid is getting to stay up 'til midnight. Just sayin'.

Sounds like you had fun. Hope you can get outta town before the snow flies.

ayala said...

Sounds perfect...the children and your bride...enjoy the moments. Happy New Year!

Suz said...

wow what a memory you made
Hope you don't get 12 inches of snow...ick

marousia said...

Wow what a wonderful journey you had New Year's Eve :)

Vodka Mom said...

damn i love you.



and that wonderful wife and family, as well.


xx

missing moments said...

Wishing you the best in the new year Brian!

Margie said...

Great memories of your time with your family, to treasure!

Thanks for the awesome poem and I hope you get back hone safely!

Happy New Year Brian!
I look forward to many more of your wonderful poems this year!

Smiles:)

The Orange Tree said...

Happy New Year.

what an amazing journey back home.
fantastic experience shared today.

Happy 2012 evening.

JANU said...

Sounds like you all had fun.

Pseudo said...

Happy New Year Brian!

thewordbar said...

oh I love how this piece is formatted.. i simply must jazz up some of my poetry this year.. Ah gotta love them boys..
sounds like you had a wonderful New years as I did too!!

happy 2012 Brian & family!!!

Caty said...

sounds like a fun new year's eve, Brian. Hope you enjoyed the game and your family made it out before the snow fall! Be safe traveling home :)

California Girl said...

Happy. New Year Brian!

Lolamouse said...

You always have an adventure wherever you are! Happy New Year!

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"and as we did, i bought a flower
off a homeless vet for a dollar
presenting it to my bride..."


Hello! Brian...
Nice poem and very well-done [The image compliment the quote above ]and...
"my wife bought bottle poppers
(pull the string, loud crack and streamers
s
t
r e
a m "

...I also like your use Of the word streamer...lol
Thanks, for sharing!
deedee :-D

She Writes Here Now said...

Happy New Year!

kaykuala said...

Brian,
Steelers and Packers,gosh! I can only imagine the euphoria of live games you guys enjoying. We only get them through ESPN but still fun. You've had a good New Year's eve that's great!

Hank

Mary said...

I do hope you were able to beat the bad weather out of town, Brian.

Becca said...

What a fun poem! I should remember those little poppers for next year's shenanigans!

Lydia said...

Your New Year's Eve sounded wonderful, Brian. Perfectly wonderful poem, this being my favorite part:
a massacre of petals & stems
we gathered a bouquet of their bodies


Happy New Year!

Lorraine said...

It's good for the heart knowing there are family such as yours, Happy New Year Dear Miller Family

Dave King said...

Great fun. Thanks for it.
A great and glorious new year to you and yours.

Lord Thomas of Wellington said...

Happy New Year to you and yours Brian! :)

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Happy new year!!! :)

SueAnn said...

AHhhhh! How I miss the sounds of Cleveland. Thank you for bringing it to me!
May you have a blessed and joyous new year
Hugs
SUeAnn

the walking man said...

Cleveland always vies with Detroit. They got the Rock and Roll hall of Fame and think they are all that and a bag of shit...but then they did get the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but would get out of dodge if I were you. A You don't deserve to get stuck in that dump for a full week.

Jim said...

Glad you could be there, Brian.
You were brave to take the kids.

You bit about buying the poppy off a Vet reminded me of the time, a Veterans' Day in London, when Mrs. Jim bought an old direlect a cup of coffee, rather tea, because she thought he was a vet.

She changed that persons's life as we saw afterwards. He was not a vet by the way.
..
..

Deb said...

Happy New Year ! Let it be full of light, happiness, continued creativity, insight, friendship and much love. Take care.

sharmishtha said...

happy new year brian! Wish you an amazing year ahead.

have a beautiful life ahead my dear friend.

AmyLK said...

Giggle! Evading police on NYE! Sounds like Good Times!

Happy New Years!

TALON said...

Yes, the new year doesn't ring in sweetly for everyone, sadly.

Here's wishing you and yours a beautiful one, Brian.

Sue said...

Happy new year, Brian. And good luck to your team!

(the football one and the family one)

=)

LadyCat said...

It's so nice to ring in the new year with those we love. Sounds like you had an exciting beginning to 2012. Love the flower : )

ladyfi said...

Oh gosh, what a new year!

Wishing you and yours much joy.

CiCi said...

Happy Today is an excellent declaration. Each day at a time.
Sometimes broken down to each minute.
Whatever we have to deal with at the time. Glad you were with the whole family when you went to see the game with your son.
Hugs to you and your family.

♥ Braja said...

There's so much to say...and you said a lot of it...a wonderful blast of a time...love the gunpowder...that's a story in itself, i'll tell you one day ):_

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, I am back from my break.;) Sounds like your celebrations were a mix of the best there is; family, fun and love.;)
Happy New Year dear friend, may 2012 be a prosperous one for you and yours.;)
xoxo

Tabor said...

77 Comments? REally?? I mean really?? I guess I should be honored that you even VISIT my blogsite! Love ya babe and congrats.

A.Decker said...

Nice NYE, sounds like. In spite of gun shots, kinda like around here. :-0 (Our's were mostly celebratory - up in the air - as far as I could tell. No sirens.)

Lady In Read said...

wonderful as always.. loved the lines
"and as we did, i bought a flower
off a homeless vet for a dollar
presenting it to my bride"

Happy New Year to you! and thank you for your comments on my blog ...

Jen said...

Evading the police? Wow, that's a side of Brian I didn't know existed...

Rahul Bhatia said...

That was a fun New Year!

manicddaily said...

Love the end here.k.

sage said...

Teaching your kid the useful skill of evading the police! :)

Happy New Year!

tattytiara said...

Well hello yourself and what a treat to see your friendly face again! Love the structure of this.

Joanna Jenkins said...

That's Cleveland for you-- I grew up just east of there.

Hope you beat the snow out of town-- My mom said it was blowing and drifting like crazy.

Happy New Year to you and your family, Brian. May it be a happy and healthy one for you all.

Cheers, jj

Baino said...

All the best for 2012.

secret agent woman said...

I always have a hard time waiting to pop those streamer things too.

Lizzy said...

It sounds like you had a blast!
...Best when shared with your family. Thank you for showing us a good time.

Vicki Lane said...

I love the different ways this poem tugs at me. Happy New Year, Brian, to you and yours!

Syd said...

Nice, dude. Happy New Year to you. Wishing you and your family the best in 2012. Every day matters.

Heather said...

what a new years!!!!
glad to be back here!

william said...

and a very Happy new year to you and all the family mate///