Monday, January 9, 2012

Magpie Tales: Dream On


The Steelers lost to the Broncos tonight on the first play in overtime
after coming back from being two touchdowns behind---

And now, I am watching Oprah

As therapy, as a way not to think

"How does this marriage work,"
she asks

"Apologies by me," he responds,

And this is Steven Tyler, the big lipped free spirit
I once stood in the pit with to 'Dream On',
twice born of rehab, consummate ladies man, a life so twisty turvy
he has his own  roller coaster at Disney Land

Why don't they build monuments to those that screw
up so much they finally get something right?
Or write Broadway plays, hiring perfect teeth-ed
actors with twinkly eyes cause no matter how ugly the life
as long as the actor is pretty---right?

Perhaps they do, already

I went to see American Idiot, last spring
and was disappointed it was not as political
as I expected---

The music was good though.

This is a Magpie Tale.

91 comments:

kaykuala said...

Brian,
That guy Tyler has just got hitched too right? I hope he gets on 'Idol' again. He comes with lots of way out comments that I'm beginning to enjoy

Hank

kaykuala said...

Wow..wee..I'm first! This is the 3rd time lucky! I feel good!

Hank

The Silver Fox said...

I won't analyze that to death. Suffice it to say I loved it! (Especially the Steven Tyler references...)

Daniel said...

Brian's list of surreal bits of life floating around in his mind. Welcome to Monday my friend.

David Thomas said...

There's something to be said for perfect teeth. I wish I had a few!

DJan said...

I don't even know who Steven Tyler is, but I enjoyed this piece, Brian. You manage to cram a lot of living into every day.

Mary said...

Cool, Brian. Thinking of lives that are 'twisty turvy,' this is a twisty turvy poem! But definitely Steven Tyler (likeable dude though quite q story) definitely should have his own roller coaster. Sorry about your Steelers. Go Pack!

Tabor said...

So, you watch Oprah Winfrey...what a metrosexual you are. You don't look it ;-)

Daydreamertoo said...

I have no clue who Steven Tyler is either, call me old fashioned too but, when I see brilliant (false) white smiles from perfect teeth dazzling me, it makes me wonder what else on them is false too. A friend of a friend of mine recently was paying more than 2,000 USD to have two of her back teeth pulled and have implants, at the back of her mouth for goodness sake! Talk about not living in the real world.
Nice observations again Brian.

Everyday Goddess said...

I like that idea for a monument!

(kind of a Giants fan around here...)

SassyModernMom said...

Oprah to block out the football? Hope that worked:)

Slamdunk said...

The Steelers CB Taylor either had horrible position at the snap (no bump at the line and sold on the outside shoulder) or was expecting inside safety help which was not there. Both safeties bit on the play action creating lot of space for a deep throw. Tebow and Thomas made great plays. Game over.

Wait, did you say anything after the reference to the NFL? I better go back and read.

AmyLK said...

there were a lot of disappointed steeler fans last night. Sounds like it was a good game.

PattiKen said...

Oprah as therapy. There's a thought. Steven Tyler's not bad as therapy, either.

And on the topic of straight teet and twinkly eyes: that's why I like Brit TV. Their actors look like real people instead of the spawn of Ken and Barbie.

Magpie said...

This was a "twisty turvy" tale. I'm not sure I want to see to deeply into celebrity closets.

I'm trying to get back to my blogging friends...I've missed you all so much. You're all my therapy. :)

anthonynorth said...

Great read. As I often say: wise people begin as idiots.

Zouxzoux said...

Love this. It's great to read a poem with pop culture references. (I'm kinda getting into that lately.) Tyler got the last laugh, though, over all those whiney-ass critics who wrote him off. I see more good stuff coming from him in the future, with or without the rest of the boys.

Pat Hatt said...

haha great references as you add your bits and bites
I guess your team losing sends you into viewing day time talk show sights
Did you boo hoo along with Dr. Phil?
Or was it Jerry Springer that gave you a day time thrill..lol
Aerosmith the ride
That might cramp Simba's pride

Susie Clevenger said...

Love all your media references..how we worship fame is its own roller coaster..great job!

CiCi said...

Interesting saying you watch Oprah as a way not to think. It is something I would say, but the people I know who watch Oprah think they watch it as a way to learn and to think. We are all so different.

Anne said...

I think they have built a monument, it's called Keith Richards. He'll never die, never, he's too well preserved. I saw Aerosmith before Rehab, when they were still good. It was a great concert. My Hubby used to go to concerts as a teen at Hara Arena as a teen. He's from Ohio. He's fond memories of that place.

TALON said...

I guess escapism will always be on any theatre ticket and perfect teeth and twinkly eyes seem to be the producer's idea of such :)

ladyfi said...

Very surreal... still pondering this one.

Kathe W. said...

monumental post!

Lolamouse said...

Brian,
Although I do sometimes watch daytime TV as "brain candy," I'd rather chew foil than watch Oprah!

Friko said...

I am ever so sorry for your loss . . . at whatever sport you're crying over.

DCW said...

Why don't they build monuments to those that screw
up so much they finally get something right?

Because we want our reality Oprahfied. Sometimes spectacular failures and hurts become strengths and a gift to others. Yay! Everyone gets a free car!

But not always. Some of us just keep on the road as best we can with occasional ditchings to correct.

Like a downhill lawn mower, it provides all the excitement we need but not much general entertainment value.

Brian Miller said...

lol...loving the responses...i did watch the oprah special on steven tyler...who is the lead singer of aerosmith and a judge on american idol now...i also watch 'louder than a bomb' on her network which is a great look at youth poetry...

i once was in a short film, that dealt with a man that had an addiction to oprah...smiles...will have to see if i can find the link to that one...

Leovi said...

Yes, it is a major challenge facing this therapy to achieve not think of how the marriage.

Claudia said...

smiles..we europeans always think that ALL americans have perfect teeth.. no idea who steven tyler is but if he really is twice born of rehab, he seems to be a keeper..and now i want my own roller coaster at Disney Land..

Laurie Kolp said...

ha- The switch from football to Oprah is great. I really like this one, Brian.

Margie said...

Brian, I was at that game!
The crowd went WILD!!!!
I am a Bronco fan but I did feel bad for the Steelers!

Great write, I enjoyed it very much!
Thank you!

Fred said...

Interesting takes on "importance" here. Would've loved to see American Idiot, kind of surprised that you say it wasn't that political, I too expected it. As for the Steelers Game, all I can do to make you feel better is repeat these 5 words. I am a Bills Fan-lol Nice write, thanks

Tara Miller said...

sorry they lost last night. :( Oprah for therapy....wow! But the interview was good.

tattytiara said...

You can never know if a person's done screwing up. If you've thrown it all away once, you can always do it again - you can definitely trust me on that one.

Kim Nelson said...

I am always amused by the social commentary and perspective offered up in your work, Brian. You, in turns, make me laugh, incite me to gasp, force me to go "hmmm."

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Wait! They DO build monuments for those that screw up...but do they REALLY end up getting it right? I am a skeptic today.

happygirl said...

Yep, Roethlisberger got Tebowed. I love it when the good guys win. Oprah?!? Oh my brother, come away from the dark side. :)

hedgewitch said...

Love the prosaic, conversational tone in this brian, that goes on to make some rather penetrating points--love especially(you know I would) the last lines about American Idiot. And I can't believe a rock n roll maniac like Tyler is a judge on Idol--that's just...bizarre.

Ostensible Truth said...

I too loved the conversational, colloquial feel to this one - I think you summed up a shit load about the current state of things and the world in its existing incarnation - "As therapy, as a way not to think" - TV is the best mind-number I've found - you spoke many truths here! and I enjoyed them all - very clever metaphors here - I liked!

Summer Rain said...

Honest Summary of what you feel, what you watch, and how they impact you ...

very realistic and informative magpie.

I used to watch American Idol, great fun...

Thanks for the winsome conclusions!

Sue said...

Sorry your Steelers lost.

And yes, I think they already do build those monuments...

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Lyn said...

Tyler used to hang around where I summered, Fire Is. Cute as the devil then..
You sure see a lot in the Hollywood of our mind..you could write a better American Idiot, for sure...

Brian Miller said...

fred, american idiot was great and it was political...that was a sarcastic line and word play on politics....in general...smiles.

Myrna R. said...

I'm out of touch. Don't know Tyler and have never watched American Idol or Idiot. I sigh. I never saw that play either, but glad you liked the music.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

When your team lost, somebody hollered out to me that you were gonna be upset!

signed...bkm said...

Those who screw up do not need monuments, because they already have enough self-esteemed it is only the perfect that need reassurance...it was a great game....bkm

Lady In Read said...

perfect teeth - well that is something mostly for those actors you have written about... as for me, enjoyed your piece and happy with my teeth as they are :)

Goofball said...

do you combine this flavour of American tv with a Lenin statue or am I mistaken?

Anonymous said...

As long as the music was good. :)

I'm starting a new poetry linkup that I hope you'll participate in:

http://rosemarymint.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/monday-melting-week-1/

~Shawna

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

Hi! Brian...
Once again, what a very interesting poem, very descriptive, very inquisitive...too!
Thanks, for sharing your "Magpie Tales:Dream On." [and the image...photograph]
deedee ;-D

Tina said...

Yes, this girl THOROUGHLY enjoyed that game. It's been a lot of lean years post Elway...
I've been an Aerosmith fan for several decades...wouldn't have guessed he'd guest on Oprah ;-)
I feel like I caught a neuron and went for a wild ride inside your brain. HIghly entertaining ride!
Tina @ Life is Good

FrankandMary said...

Why this had me thinking of Whitney Houston on a binge with Bobby I am not sure, but it was fun.

Some feelings of repentance too...it will pass. ~Mary

KB said...

Dream On...love me some Aerosmith.

BragonDorn said...

Perfect teeth you say?!?

G-Man said...

Missed it by ONE comment!
Dreamy Tale Son...

Travel & Dive Girl said...

What a range - Oprah to football. Well done.

Glenn Buttkus said...

As an ex-actor I sure hear your rant
about the pretty boys, even though
in theory, we "character" actors
could handle lead parts, ie: Dustin
Hoffman, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman.
Your segues are profound jumping
from Steelers to Oprah interviewing
Steven Tyler who married a woman
younger than his daughter. They
had a pic of him on the honeymoon
beach with short hair. Does he wear
wigs? He dresses like little Richard.

Heather said...

Lots of twists here - I like it! - Maybe you will route for the Giants Sunday!!!!
Sorry about the Steelers - :)

Vicki Lane said...

Love the line about American Idiot!

Grace said...

I haven't watched AI for a long time, and ditto with Oprah. But TV is entertaining and mind-numbing for sure.

Sorry about the loss of your team ~

Syd said...

Steven Tyler had quite the time of his life back in the day. Now he no doubt mainlines Viagra and has a difficult time with all those Kama sutra positions due to arthritis. Hey, we all have our heyday and then it passes on to something else. I hope that Steven Tyler is still having the time of his life.

zongrik said...

i'm trying to imagine Yul Brynner watching Opera LOL!!! I can't do it. I must have no imagination.

adeeyoyo said...

I hadn't heard of Steven Tyler, but had a quick google. He looks ok - typical Mick Jagger lookalike! All these guys get sucked into the sex and drugs, at least til they grow up, lol! I loved this write - especially the Oprah bit.

farmlady said...

For all those folks who don't know who Steven Tyler is and you're really young... he's Liv Tyler's father. Now do you remember?
Who's Liv Tyler?
OK, I give up.
Tyler is a survivor and...
HE'S AEROSMITH... Come on!
And oh, that face.
Interesting tale.

lori said...

Besides what you're saying here, which I liked, I'm especially fond of the way your words twist together in the Steven Tyler stanza :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

As a girl from Cleveland I won't comment on the Steelers loss ;-)

But you cracked me up with the Oprah comment.

Cheers, jj

Bernie said...

So you went from a football game to Oprah....that tells me something just not sure what...lol
Steven Tyler is weird or else I am, I just don't see what women see in him although the music is pretty cool......:-)Hugs

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

I don't know who Steven Tyler is :P

Cinner said...

Oh Brian, you had me at Steve Tyler, ever since he has been on Idol I find him to be usually quite kind. loved the poetry. take care.

Valerie said...

Sad about the Steelers. I'm glad you explained who Steven Tyler is. Oh and I thought Oprah had finished. No?

Lorraine said...

nothing is ever as we need it,only as we want it, hence: our fault,love your writingalways

Birdie said...

since i don't watch tv i hardly know who is who but oprah :-) so just popping in to say hi and wish you a nice day Brian!

Dave King said...

Some of this - the opening in particular - is a little too technical for me. (Though I think I understand it enough to see how clever it is.) Still, an enjoyable read. I especially appreciated:-

Why don't they build monuments to those that screw
up so much they finally get something right?

(Actually, they do, don't they?)

Pauline said...

the understatement in those last few lines is dead-on

Lisa Golden said...

Swoon. When I grow up as a writer, I want to be able to make art like this.

SueAnn said...

Yes the Broncos did win. I was surprised.
As for the retelling of a broken life. You nailed that. Hire a pretty actor and it doesn't look so hard to do. Misleading us all!
Hugs
SueAnn

Mama Zen said...

I still can't get over the Steelers . . .

sharmishtha said...

television can be such an entertainment sometimes :)

Mijayami said...

That's about how I feel: that I should have a roller coaster named after me. Although, putting it in perspective, mine would probably be in Kiddy Land if Steven Tyler has one in Disneyland...

I've been considering seeing American Idiot, too, and while I'm a big Green Day fan, I have trouble imagining how they could string together all their songs to make a plot line that beats out "Mamma Mia"...

ayala said...

Sorry about your team losing :( love the reflection :)

rel said...

Brian,
I watched the game too and although an inveterate Giants fan from infancy on, I rooted for Tebow and when he tossed that game winner I jumped out of my chair with such enthusiasm I thought I was a 17 year old high school middle linebacker reacting to his team's winning touch down.
Cohan and Brynner have the capacity to create that type of energy within me also.
rel

wood said...

ha! i know that feeling all too well, except im the one who gets up early... this whole concept of "job" is not wha, i signed up for when i entered this world. i just... want everyone to know that. enjoyed this brian.

and i'm not going to say anything about the game, im just going to stay really really quiet.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Sorry your team lost!

(Great read).

Anna :o]

Carrie Burtt said...

Lives can be like roller coasters can't they?....love the way you went with this Brian....a brilliant twisty turvy to the prompt!
:-)

chiccoreal said...

Dear Brian: Here Steven T. is getting hitched. Oprah...moved to the OWN and wbere is this famous metropolis...some theatre district...love your pop art poem!

Tess Kincaid said...

Nice write...like your "slice of life" thing going on here...

Baino said...

Ah we rarely celebrate the ordinary. If we did I'd be famous. Perhaps I should try Love in an Elevator....

william said...

never mind mate there is always another day, and match lol, great write.

Margaret said...

Men watch Oprah? :)

Ms. Geek Goddess said...

I feel you on this one! I saw some of that interview with Steven Tyler. He really is something. I like is aura. He seems to be a gentle and spiritual soul! :)