Sunday, January 22, 2012

Magpie Tales: A marriage of Sushi






Why a woman chooses to bind herself to rice, I do not understand.

Labor intensive to cultivate and in need of ample water, yet still she lays upon this seed, exposed herself, to what it might bring. Named together, they are 'sour tasting', but that is history. History upon which artistry is built in the hands of a master. Married with wasabi, a splash of salty soy sauce---a delicacy to be savored.

Some conundrums are not meant for understanding, only to be appreciated.

And that I do, most vigorously.

written for Magpie Tales.

106 comments:

Anyes said...

Quite strange indeed :-)

WINDOWLAD said...

..."some conundrums are not meant for understanding, only to be appreciated" - how true to contemplate... been eating sushi back undergrad and appreciate so much but not the wasabi thing... ha, not brave enough to embrace it with my tongues out!!! great read!!!(:

~Kelvin

ipenka said...

Not sure whether to be hungry or aroused. Very interesting.

Wander said...

"And that I do, most vigorously."


Does this mean what I think it does? Do you exercise while eating?

I chose to take the road less traveled...

http://wanderwithoutbeinglost.blogspot.com/2012/01/less-dire.html

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

So instead of sushi this is su-she? heh.

Diane Fordham said...

Interesting, to say the least. Laughing at ipenka's comment - very clever ipenka. :-)

Susie Clevenger said...

Interesting take on the photo..Some conundrums are not meant for understanding, only to be appreciated...so true

Karen said...

Art is in the eye of the beholder...to be appreciated for what it is.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Christine said...

Very funny...:)

ninotaziz said...

Yummy!

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

Konnichiwa! Brian...
I truly appreciate the "double-meaning(s) in your Magpie Tales: Sushi."

[The [beautiful, but yet strange image] compliment your words quite nicely...too!
Sayonara, for now...lol
deedee :-D

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

[Note: Well, the Japanese word that I should have used to greet you was "Konbanwa"...Because that is used after noon or in the evening.]

Leovi said...

Yes, you're right, some puzzles are not to understand them, are to enjoy them without asking many questions.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I'm sure a lot of people will wanna have their rice and eat her too.

SueAnn said...

And so do I
Hugs
SueAnn

anthonynorth said...

Confucius would have loved this.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I checked with Mrs N; this dish is strictly off my diet.

Cinner said...

not something I would do. lol.

Dave King said...

Some conundrums are not meant for understanding, only to be appreciated.

In a nutshell. They are works of art in their own right, to be appreciated according to their own conventions. Fabulous post. One of the all-time greats!

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, perfect text to that picture.
Yes indeed, why do we do that which can ultimately bring pain - we do it because it also brings the best we know.;)
Hope you had a great weekend.;)
xoxo

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Interesting and strange indeed :P

Baino said...

Ah but rice is so good for your skin

Tabor said...

Very disconcerting. Reminds me of the fad of eating sushi off a naked model that some fancy men's parties used to flaunt. You would never see a naked man in this photo..we women know how to keep our desires and needs in their correct spaces.

Goofball said...

I appreciate the picture too though....it's beautiful art. I do not try to understand art

Friko said...

I'm not sure I could appreciate it as highly as you do.
It says a lot more than we see on the surface.

Actually, to be honest, I don't think I like the image.

Daniel said...

Fun piece to start the work week with. Quirky but good!

Lorraine said...

I love sushi Brian as much as your writing but I usually take off the woman

Daydreamertoo said...

When I did my post there was no title for the piece so I had no idea if she was on paper, wool, or rice. LOL So, I just went with what I could see and not what I knew.
Love your interpretation!

Birdie said...

like you said Brian ... some art can only be appreciated, not understood ... happy week :-)

JANU said...

Very interesting, loved this.

Mary said...

Brian, you found philosophy in this strange picture; and your words became ART which rose about this conundrum.

Brian Miller said...

i changed the title...as it became a metaphor for relationship for me and could easily be confused for other things...

DCW said...

There is wisdom here.

Brian Miller said...

i would agree on the picture. it was the starting point though...i think setting it aside and reading you get a lot closer to the meaning behind this...zu got it, smiles...

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Oh this particular conundrum is truly one of life's pleasures to me! Pure appreciation! (despite the pain)

Laurie Kolp said...

I think "to what it might bring" is the key here... w/ an emphasis on might...

patty said...

your work is always so clever... enjoyed your play with words on this...

Heaven said...

"Some conundrums are not meant for understanding, only to be appreciated."

Some relationships are just like that ~ As I would say, its a choice she makes ~

Christine said...

I can totally see how you went the sushi route with this photo, I have been looking at the pic for a day now, and am blocked. Terrific observation and write.

the walking man said...

There is metaphor in in visual and performance art as well. I see it, the artistry of it and yet it is not something that makes me hungry but is something more visceral than mere hunger.

Suz said...

I am still pondering this one
...

♥ Braja said...

If it was understood, would it still be a conundrum?

:)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Life is full of conundrums, most of which I don't even try to figure out.

DJan said...

If she is married to wasabe, she's one HOT gal! Very provocative picture. You did good.

Valerie said...

Hmmm my eyes are opened since reading the comments. Never could take to sushi....smiles.

CiCi said...

Your words remind me of one of the small posters on my wall:
Don't try to understand me, just love me.
We may not understand why some people do some things, but we can love and encourage anyway.
Your writing is such a variety and always in good taste. No matter the subject.

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah not sure I get her mooning a wall
But I can appreciate it none the less at my hall
You sure took the hungry man road
Or would that be hungry girl ready to eat a load
Of nasty old rice
Hopefully she gets to add some spice

Syd said...

I like sushi so I will gladly marry with wasabi and some fresh ginger to add the right spice.

Slamdunk said...

That Zuzana is a smart one. I did not get it, and thanks to her and you for helping me and the other slower folks.

hedgewitch said...

Lord-49 comments before 9:00 am--I suppose me jutting my oar in here is completely unnecessary. ;_) Stil, I like this one--a bit wry, a bit salty, and somewhere in there just a bit sad as well. The sushi aspect in the pic had totally been eclipsed by the humiliating bondage aspect, so thanks for bringing it out.

chiccoreal said...

Dear Brian: I've often wonder this same thing~! Auspicious and contraversial write~! Right On~!

Teri M said...

Loved reading your piece but these comments are pretty entertaining too! :)

Bossy Betty said...

What? Like you've never done this?

My son is doing great at his school and loves the area. Thanks for asking!

LadyFi said...

Brilliant -just brilliant!

Helen said...

... a marriage of convenience??

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh, Brian. Your ending was hilarious. :)

By the way, it's that time again:

http://rosemarymint.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/monday-melting-week-3/

~Shawna

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh, Brian. Your ending was hilarious. :)

By the way, it's that time again:

http://rosemarymint.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/monday-melting-week-3/

~Shawna

Yvonne Osborne said...

Labor intensive....you've got that right. Quite a conundrum. Great ending, Brian.

Tara Miller said...

Hmmm, I'm not a sushi fan but I think I get it - sushi is just the cover up to the real story, right? Still thinking.

Anne said...

To be bound to culture, to tradition is a conundrum for the Western Mind, not so for other peoples. The binding of culture to present self, informs us of who we are and how we came to be.

Claudia said...

you know..i think it's worth all the labor...smiles..sorry i'm so late...had a long day...enjoyed your sushi piece miller-san..the wasabi and soj sauce may bring the spice but in the long howl, i think it's good to stick with the rice...smiles

Hilary said...

You and Friko have each nailed this image in your own unique ways.

Rachel said...

very intriguing. taking an image that some would find artist and others pornographic and turning it into true food for thought.

Fred said...

Your comment on conundrums is great, I totally agree. The main section is very creative expression from the prompt. As usual awesome job. Thanks

izzy said...

Sushi and wasabi-yum- all I will say.
Thanks!

Mama Zen said...

Love that last line, Brian!

thingy said...

Ha! Very clever, indeed.

Rae said...

Hi Brian. Don't you realize it's a woman's prerogative to remain a mystery? Men are never going to figure out our motives - whether rice related or something else:)

Tess Kincaid said...

Yes...appreciate life...art...conundrums...

happygirl said...

Hahaha A naked girl on rice instead of sushi rice on a naked girl. This may put me off my dinner. :)

robkistner said...

an enigma to be consumed...

Lolamouse said...

Perfect poem for the photo. Some things are best left unexamined.

Doctor FTSE said...

Good one as usual, Brian.

Anonymous said...

Quoting Friko:

"I'm not sure I could appreciate it as highly as you do.
It says a lot more than we see on the surface."

I'm pretty sure it's saying that women are pieces of meat. :) But I also think it's beautiful, artistic, and sensual. It would also make a great ad for a day spa with the woman folded up (tastefully) on a plush towel.

~Shawna
rosemarymint.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

Quoting Bossy Betty:

"What? Like you've never done this?"

What a hilarious comment. :)

~Shawna
rosemarymint.wordpress.com

The Empress said...

What mothering is to me:

binding, labor intensive, the lengths we go to not even understood by our children.

Yet, still, I wouldn't do it any other way, and I expect few to understand.

Very cool, B.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Love this. Like a single savory bite.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

So true. But. I don't care for sushi. :-)

ayala said...

Interesting write, Brian :)

Steve Isaak said...

Wonderfully strange, quietly provocative and distinctive read.

SUCEN said...

Cool

BragonDorn said...

Very cool and strange! Kinda makes me hungry :P

G-Man said...

I normally don't eat anything raw, but in this case....

Stephanie said...

I guess some things are not meant to be understood? :)

Margie said...

I used to like sushi till it made me very sick a few years ago!

You always amaze me what you can do on a prompt.
Bravo!

Lady In Read said...

Your interpretations never cease to amaze!

Tumblewords: said...

So very fine.

rel said...

black and white without light is only imagination.
rel

kaykuala said...

This is a full grown, real life sushi clad by itself.

Hank

adeeyoyo said...

It's a weird and wonderful world...

Lydia said...

I think what lies beneath this piece is the true conundrum, Brian. You amaze me.

manicddaily said...

Ha. I'm glad to hear it! I just avoided the rice in mine. K.

She Writes Here Now said...

HAH! I love the last few lines. Yes, one has to appreciate the conundrum here. ;)

Myrna R. said...

There are a lot of conundrums I don't understand.

I do appreciate your poem, though. I ate Japanese food last night and the poem is the desert.

Lucy Westenra said...

"Why a woman etc", Brian? Money. Vanity. Sacrifice of modesty in causa art. Thinks the photographer is OH.SO.CUTE! Hopes to be a celeb one day. The usual reasons.

Carrie Burtt said...

The spices of life....delicous take Brian! :-)

Zeba said...

Wow.

FrankandMary said...

I just thought superiors of infinite entitlement liked their offerings bound that way.

But your writing is damn good on this. ~Mary

nerima roberts said...

Some of the comments are making me LAUGH OUT LOUD! :P

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Your take is awesome and the replies on your take is making it more beautiful and fun too...

JJrod'z

Raven said...

Brian I truly appreciate the way that your mind works, or at least what I see from the different manners in which you approach your material. It is always refreshing.

Magpie said...

I'm trying to catch up with your posts, Brian. I have to say this is an unusual piece and I'm glad that they chose to take the picture from this angle instead of another. :)

Helena said...

Again, a fine write, Brian. I adore conundrums. Who the heck wants straightforward...!!

Ed Pilolla said...

funny take:)

susan m hinckley said...

Your piece was as fascinating as the image -- in fact, I find them to be a perfect pair.

zongrik said...

bind herself to rice LOL!!!