Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Inputs, Outputs & Permission slips for the living

Girl holding balloon

The corner produce cart is empty,
end of day folded, down & locked

A brunette, redhead & a blond
stand on the island, no joke

traffic lines in coming and goings,
everyone with somewhere
                                 to be
     every make & model crawls the streets

Balloons (red, blue & gold) in the wind,
              dance tether's ends
curled in their fingers, headlights
     glint their party dresses

Some special occasion awaits,
                                 be it
     a birth, union, re-union, anniversary

could be any number
     of things, or just be-cause

                but someone
has reason to celebrate,
                                  so i do

as the light greens,
     my foot no longer on the brake.


90 comments:

secret agent woman said...

Life is a reason to celebrate!

GypsyFox said...

very good!

Anne said...

I like that. Sometimes just getting the green light is cause for celebration. I'm off to sleep and celebrating that right now. Nighty Night.

Bradley Howington said...

Great poem, Brian!

"but someone
has reason to celebrate,
so i do

as the light greens,
my foot no longer on the brake."

Fabulous!
:)

Melanie N. Brasher said...

Oh yes, each day is a celebration if we choose to see. Even a green light! I love that.

Sue said...

"someone
has reason to celebrate,
so i do"

I want to remember this.

=)

Cathy said...

Very evocative! In addition to the startling imagery and the simple cause for celebration, I particularly admire the unexpected punctuation in this poem, which surprised me, made me gasp, and smile, and celebrate the unexpected!

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Celebrations :) I love releasing balloons in the air :)

Cinner said...

I liked this Brian, reason to celebrate, getting a green light, I understand that in other ways than driving. lol.

SueAnn said...

I want to remember to celebrate each day...whether I am at a standstill or not. I loved this piece...it's cadence...it's texture...wonderful
Hugs
SueAnn

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Give it GAs!

ladyfi said...

So lyrical and lovely!

Valerie said...

Most people like the green light, but some can't wait for it to light up!

Daydreamertoo said...

I hate shopping nearly as much as I hate cooking. LOL

Nice observations again Brian

Bet being offline was torture..hehe

Birdie said...

yes there is so many reasons to celebrate ... my son reminds me that on daily basis :-) have a wonderful & festive day Brian!

Zuzana said...

Beautiful description of the end of the day, when everyone is going somewhere - whether it is to a special occasion or just going home. To me the later is always a special occasion in itself.;))
xoxo

Kat_RN said...

Hope you have lots more reasons to celebrate this year. Sometimes your descriptions are photographs.
Kat

manicddaily said...

That's very nice. K.

Daniel said...

Wow, this was top notch. Not that I am surprised by your work. Somehow this one just spoke to me and brought me a wonderful smile. Thanks.

Gloria said...

Brian maybe always we have reasons to celebrate but somtimes we forget when we are inside of the life! x gloria

Laurie Kolp said...

I think we can all find reason to celebrate when we keep our eyes/perspective open. This poem sets me off on the right foot this morning. Thanks, Brian. Have a great day!

Dave King said...

Good to have such optimism and such a potential for joyousness. Let's go for it!

Pat Hatt said...

Always a reason sometimes no rhyme
But to celebrate isn't a crime
Unless you get too drunk
And in some ranting Mel Gibson funk
Then that might be bad
More than a tad
I'll take the green light
Especially after leaving this work plight

journeytoepiphany said...

I love this. Celebrating with a stranger. How lovely!

Mrsupole said...

Celebrating living another day is a good one.

But I think I would be celebrating even more when we get a government that stops trying to control us and everything we do. I think we are smart enough to choose which light bulb we want to buy and what we want to read and write on the internet.

I am not sure why I feel like the Soviet Union is winning the war by turning us into them from the inside. They are laughing behind their doors, thinking how stupid are the Americans. Do the fools not know that we have not left, we have only changed our name.

As we lose our individual rights such as the internet, we continue to sink into the abyss.

I think we should have a protest every Tuesday of staying off the internet and cell phone data sites to show that we refuse to give up our rights to free speech. What do you think?

Thanks for playing in this weeks Theme Thursday. Let's protest.

God bless.

Old Ollie said...

AS a teacher I sign a lot of slips...great metaphor.

Tara Miller said...

I really loved the way you ended this, love. Thanks for the reminder....we have reasons to celebrate daily. It's easy to lose sight of these blessings in our daily "living". <3

adeeyoyo said...

It's good to celebrate and be grateful... Love it, Brian.

Stephanie said...

There is always some reason to celebrate!

Grace said...

As much as I like to stay on neutral, I can't hold on to it for so long. We need to go backwards or press on ahead. Step on the pedal and lets go and celebrate.

joan said...

Beautiful poem. Life should be celebrated everyday just because.

laurie said...

beautiful post, you are such a wonderful wordsmith,

wheatgerm said...

Nice girl with a baloon

Christine said...

Celebrate, good times, come on...who sang that?

Magpie said...

I love these vignettes of your day that you take us into.

HisFireFly said...

Yes! Thanks for the reminder to choose life!

I feel like one of those baloons today, ready to float free... :-)

Slamdunk said...

So much to see if one looks.

Love the happy ending--green light an all.

Jannie Funster said...

I got, like, 3 very difficult green lights around town in the past week. Triple celebration in Austin.

Did YOU paint that girl with balloon? It's a freaking masterpiece, whoever did.

SO GLAD to see you back after your "dark day" reminding me what a great blogging supporter you are to all of us, and how I do take your constant visits for granted.

Thank you, Brian! Almost typoed Brina. lol

xo

Teri M said...

Don't look back, green means GO!

Postcardy said...

Your link on Theme-Thursday wasn't correct, but I found this through your comment on my post. I managed to add a little verse to my post a few minutes ago even though I usually don't read or write poetry.

Celestial Dreamz said...

there are reasons to celebrate everyday ... sometimes we get too caught up to notice ... very beautiful write ... especially the ending - loved it.

hedgewitch said...

Great way to start the day--this poem is full of a sense of life and the rewards that are floating around if you look among the struggles of living it. Plus--I just like balloons. :_)

missing moments said...

Love the line "but someone has reason to celebrate, so i do "

Lisa notes... said...

We all have reason to celebrate. Today I celebrate your gift of words, Brian. Will the gift never run out? Each week you amaze.

Leslie said...

"but someone
has reason to celebrate,
so i do

as the light greens,
my foot no longer on the brake."

this is a good reminder for me. it's easy for me to weep with those who are weeping, because it fits my present circumstance. but am i willing to rejoice with those who rejoice?

great imagery in this piece. and i love the illustration, too...

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

I love that...look for something to celebrate too...even when things...really, REALLY stink.

aseedinspired.com said...

brian you turned a omen in life...one where others were plugged into with their own lives in celebration and you captured it like a bug in a net.
an otherwise lost moment pinned in the box of internet.
T

Kathleen said...

Wow, I'd say that was perfect prose on an imperfect day. Well done.

Dolly@ Soul Stops said...

Love that you are celebrating...that's the way to live...really like that line: "end of day folded, down & locked" ...it will make me look at folding laundry differently today : )

Claudia said...

oh i wish i had read this before standing an hour in the traffic jam on the highway back from 12 hours at work today...surely brings a different perspective...but think i will pour me a glass red wine now and celebrate the moment and that i'm privileged to read your awesome poetry...smiles

Christina - Rant Rave Roll said...

Very nice. We all have something to celebrate if we just take a minute to think.

kaykuala said...

Time to celebrate
It'll be much fun
Time to rejuvenate
Is what it demands
Go get the green light
And start the round

Hank

ayala said...

Life is a great reason to celebrate .... Smiles ...thanks for the reminder. :)

Mama Zen said...

I'll take any reason that I can get these days!

Fred said...

Really like this a lot. A scene painted nicely, sentiment and thoughts alive, nice piece design and well chosen words. Great job. Thanks

Goofball said...

Wish I could join there party, sounds like it's going to be fun....there's balloons and a redhead, brunnette & blond. yeay

happygirl said...

There's just something about balloons rising in the air. They are free from the gravity of life. Joy, rising. You found the joy in the space of a stop light.

Jennifer Dougan said...

"Someone has reason to celebrate, so I do [too]"

Thanks for your comment on my "Peasants and Piercings" post. Yes, I agree...we have great freedom in God's way of doing life. Joy too. Thanks.

Jennifer Dougan
www.jenniferdougan.com

emily wierenga said...

i want to be the kind of person that stands on the island with balloons in my fingers, celebrating the wind... thank you for helping me see this, brian. (and love that you linked... i always appreciate you and your comments and the way you encourage others at imperfect prose. hope you don't feel pressured to though--just know you are appreciated.)

Shrinky said...

Your word play is stunning, Brian. This definitely should be published wider. What I wouldn't give for such a gift as yours (and the discipline to sit down and work as hard at it, as it requires)!

Shrinky said...

Fogot to mention how much I loved the "tethered ends" nf those freyed balloons.

Myrna R. said...

Celebration is always in order. You Brian, must celebrate your days so full of talent, inspirational thoughts, and actually - perfect prose.

redemptionsbeauty said...

So you took me to that stoplight and made me think about the every day things we take for granted. Finding thanks in a green light is just, well, awesome. How is that book coming my friend?

drybottomgirl said...

I like this so much. I like the fact that you gave us a much needed splash of color in the dead of winter! Thank you!

Heather said...

neat! I need to do more celebrating!

Heather said...

PS - LOVE the post below! Great pic!!!!!

Mary said...

I'm late here, Brian; but I had a busy day. I think we all have to find a reason to celebrate each day. This day, as it is, will never exist again. Your poem is a good reminder!

Leovi said...

Yes, wonderful, a poem very vital.

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

"as the light greens,
my foot no longer on the brake."

Hi! Brian...
Thanks, for sharing a very well-written, very descriptive poem as you wait [an observe your surrounding]...for the traffic light to turn from the colour red to green...deedee ;-D

Ginny Brannan said...

Impeccable story telling as always, Brian. My favorite lines, your disclaimer:
"A brunette, redhead & a blond
stand on the island, no joke..."

Great capture of a moment and your surroundings!

pandamoniumcat said...

A nice slice of life...lovely!

Teresa said...

I love this one. It has a simple beauty and truth to it.

Charles Miller said...

You always captivate my imagination with the way the story winds in and out between, among, inside, outside the words and images.

sharmishtha said...

well painted scene brian. life truly is worth celebrating (mostly)

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Excellent write, Brian. I felt like I was sitting in the passenger's seat sharing the scene with you.

http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/black-words/

Ravenblack said...

Busy with color, everyone seemingly have somewhere to go in a hurry at the end of the day. The jagged lines seem to emphasize movement of all these things and people. And yes, having encountered slow downs and a sequence of red lights in heavy traffic, every allowance to move is a celebration. :D

vivinfrance said...

Such a happy poem. Thank you.

Raven said...

There is incredible sweetness within your words. You will shortly be home. Lovely.

AmyLK said...

There are so many scenes on the street that you can observe while waiting for the light to change.

tera said...

I like this. Made me smile. Bright balloons is a nice image to hold in my head on this dreary snowy day.

Lolamouse said...

Your title sums it up well. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we have permission to celebrate just being alive.

FrankandMary said...

Clarification as punishment.
~Mary

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Maybe it wasn't a joke, but that second line made me laugh. :-)

Stuart McPherson said...

I actually thought that the poem was saying that the celebration of the driver was that he was able to get away from the sights and sounds of people celebrating. It was like the beginning of the poem set the scene for how 'everyday' things seemed- almost tired- and that the visions of people celebrating- well- the driver almost resented it. Really sorry if I'm a million miles away- but I really liked it- very subtle I thought

Victoria said...

Now, see? You definitely "get" imagism. Brilliant.

Anonymous said...

You know, you really have a gift for making all your work sound like "you," no matter what the style or prompt.

Love this: "end of day folded, down & locked" And the "no joke" bit. Good stuff, Brian.

~Shawna
rosemarymint.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

Oh, and that picture is awesome!!!

~Shawna

Mary said...

I love it. Foot no longer on the brake. A good way to look at life. Giving ourselves permission to GO with the green and CELEBRATE!

patty said...

you've inspired me... to wrap poetry around an everyday moment, momentary observation... :)

Syd said...

Let's celebrate being alive for another day.