Wednesday, January 25, 2012

maintaining positive balances

You are in the kitchen,
or watching one of those
home make-over shows on TV
that make you cry
when i slip into
the bathroom
to do my business

fifteen or twenty minutes
go by
before i emerge to continue
on about the evening

we play games
or whatever until bed,
your body to my back
with nothing but heartbeats
between us

& when you rise in
the morning,
a soft click as the light comes on
in the bathroom, door
closing, i wait in the warm
spot of your leaving

listening for the shower,
that never thunders through the wall
and i smile
knowing you found it

sorry about wearing your eye liner
down & i'll clean the mirror
when you want
but when that feeling hits
in the pit of your being
some love notes
just won't wait.


As of yet, she has not asked me to clean off the note I left for her on the mirror. Go figure.

123 comments:

Claudia said...

am i first?????

Claudia said...

i am... smiles... this is lovely brian...and you may never have a clean mirror again in the bathroom...smiles..
when miriam left to bolivia, she wrote a love note on the chalkboard in the floor...and we didn't clean it for a year...smiles

Barbara Shallue said...

If she's like me, she'll never clean it. Sweet!

Margie said...

oh, how wonderful to read this truly beautiful writing before i shut dowm my computer for a while!

you are such a romantic and your wife is one lucky girl!

simply beautiful writing!

when I next visit you, I'll have a new granddaughter.
heading to Denver soon as my daughter is having contractions.
i'm so excited i can hardly contain my joy!

c'ya later!

take care!

smiles ...

Hilary said...

Tara Miller is one lucky woman, for sure. And no doubt, you're one lucky man. So romantic.

JStar said...

Awwww so sweet!

Mama Zen said...

You are such a romantic!

Titanium said...

This? Is awesomeness, squared. Love it.

Sue said...

I would never clean it.

Ever.

=)

Ruthiey said...

I'm sure she didn't mind that much about her eyeliner. :)

Lisa notes... said...

That's the kind of dirty mirror I like. :-) What a guy!

sage said...

Nice and lovely and I'm glad I didn't stop at the first half of that sentence about eye liner--I paused long enough to think, Brian with eye-liner--then read on... She should be impressed even as the steamy bathroom causes the eye-liner note to run down the mirror.

Pat Hatt said...

Awww getting all lovey dovey your way
With a love note display
But I'm sure it keeps the fire lit
So that kind of dirty mirror doesn't give my ocd a fit

hedgewitch said...

I'd be buying a new mirror, and keeping the old one as art--heart to heart art. I do like the way your mind works, brian.

JeannetteLS said...

Yeah. What they said. How wonderful to read a man's love poetry about his wife. Makes a person feel better about lots of things.

Mijayami said...

*sigh* she's a lucky girl, that one. and a love poem in eyeliner does not qualify as "dirt" therefore the mirror does not need to be cleaned.

Birdie said...

awww so sweet Brian! my stepdad used to leave mssgs all over for my mom, & when she found one she looked like a teenager in her face ... i always thought how sweet was that :-) happy day!

Daydreamertoo said...

It's the little things that mean a lot. I left my love a note and placed it under the keyboard when I flew back to the UK for a while, she found it a week later when she noticed a piece of paper poking out from beneath it. Needless to say, it caused happy tears.
You are such a romantic, you two are so lucky to share such love :)

Lightverse said...

Oh my gosh - you are such a romantic! How wonderful!

Tabor said...

You are a rare breed of man, my man!

HisFireFly said...

Love.this.

She should take a photo of the mirror before it gets cleaned away..

yes.. romance

Teri M said...

At least is washes off easily enough, not that I would want to. Not right away at least. :)

happygirl said...

Such a sweet act of love. We've gotta get you some post-its for your nightstand. :)

Susie Clevenger said...

This is great...I wouldn't erase it!!

joan said...

Simply beautiful. So true love notes just won't wait.

Deb said...

LOVE this! I LOVE the LOVE between you guys !! Ah, romance is alive and well and it is not even February 14th !

Anne said...

"nothing but heartbeats between us" and "I move into the warmth of your leaving" Beautiful. I'm wondering how you topped such phrases as these with you note. I hope she never washes the mirror again. You're a good man Brian.

Suz said...

I used to leave notes
on my husband's steering wheel,or written on his window so when it fogged up he's see it
He was a cop then
you never knew
How sweet this was of you
I hope your boys see it
good learning material
and wonderful poem

Anonymous said...

"i wait in the warm
spot of your leaving"

This is my favorite part. :)

How can you leave us hanging like that, not telling us what you wrote?! Remind her to take a picture of the mirror before you clean it.

And Sage, I had the same image in my head of Brian putting on his wife's makeup. That must be for another poem, though. And I don't believe for a second that he hasn't done it already.

~Shawna
rosemarymint.wordpress.com

Little Ms Blogger said...

How sweet! No one would complain if the 1st thing they see is a message from someone telling them how much they love and appreciate them.

Cindy said...

Ah, the mystery of love, and this is such a sweet pure expression of it...

Cinner said...

I think we need to clone you Brian, It is so nice to read a mans point of view on such things. You both are very lucky to have such a love. Your love shows in all you say and do. very nice.

Katherine Krige said...

Aww, love notes on the mirror? You just keep on getting better. I love how you keep romance alive. ♥

Ed Pilolla said...

the way you introduced the eye liner had a touch of naughtiness to it. excellent stuff.

Helen said...

You need to be cloned ~ seriously.

The Silver Fox said...

Sounds like the kind of thing I'd do... on a good day... for the right person. :)

rosaria said...

Notes on the mirror? Why, that's absolutely romantic.

Louise Gallagher said...

Awesome poem -- and I love the note on that the note on the mirror is still on view!

DJan said...

What a romantic! You are so special, Brian. She is a very lucky woman. Glad you share so much of yourself not only with her, but also with all of your fans. :-)

Nikki Rules said...

tha-thump...
tha-thump...
tha-thump...

me loves za romantic men

tha-thump...

zey make my heart go

tha-thump...

LadyCat said...

Love this...very sweet! Romance does live. I have found notes in little spaces. Once, someone else found one before me, when a guest lifted the lid off a little candy dish. She said how sweet and put the lid back on. I thought she was talking about the kitty cat candy dish...until a few days later when I lifted the lid and saw the note that had been there for awhile. It's still there. We also write notes on the mirrors with soap : )

oceangirl said...

closing, I wait in the warm spot of your leaving, I like that line.

Messy Marriage said...

Wow! Your wife is a lucky lady! :)

kaykuala said...

Nice to see the warmth of love is blazing hot. Tara is being taken care of a loving soul romantically alive with little notes and all. Life is for the living and you register it all most beautifully!

Hank

Anyes said...

Who needs a mirror in the bathroom anyway? ;-)

Magpie said...

Such a romantic guy...now go buy her a new eyeliner. :)

Eva Gallant said...

I love that you are such a romantic!

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Sweet and romantic... I love it!..

JJRod'z

Laurie Kolp said...

How romantic! She's one lucky lady to have married a poet. Pete wrote a poem for me before we married but that's it. He doesn't even read my stuff. So you're one lucky guy, too.

Mary said...

This is just so loving, all of it and makes me feel so warm inside. What a fortunate wife you have; and I am sure she feels the same about you!

janae said...

Love the title "Maintaining Positive Balances" - you are spot on that love makes balance possible.

G-Man said...

You can finish your "Bathroom Business" in 15-20 minutes?
Talk about speed dumping!!!

redemptionsbeauty said...

Oh my, at first I thought you were wearing the eye liner. My husband does that for me. Leaves me notes on the mirror or shower doors in my red lipstick. Loved this one!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

And she may not ever. :-)

Myrna R. said...

Awe, bet she doesn't make you clean it for a long time, or maybe you'll clean it soon, 'cause the urge strikes you again.

Celestial Dreamz said...

aww sweet lovely and a li'l spicy ... gr8 write.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Lovely.
Definitely 'bunny stamp' material.

Reena Walkling said...

Just beautiful ... my hubby leaves little post-it notes on my desk for me to find as well as drawing hearts in the steam of the bath mirrors!

Heaven said...

how sweet is this...made my night ~

BragonDorn said...

That was so sweet! :)

Tara Miller said...

I always love finding your love notes - especially first thing in the morning and that feeling of nothing between us but heartbeats...most definitely. Makes the day that much better! Thank you for loving me the way you do....

Raven said...

Wow ... wow ... wow! There is not much more to say ... your love is palpable!

tera said...

Secret Agent Man is out of town this week and he left me a love note in my lunch bag before he took off.
It really is the little things...

So nice. :)

Wanda said...

that was so real. So nice to read. thanks.

Dolly@ Soul Stops said...

This warms my heart to read...I agree with Claudia...you may never have a clean mirror again...smiles

JANU said...

Awww! this is romantic...I left a note for my hubby only once and was he floored?
Beautiful.

LadyFi said...

Ah - so lovely and sweet! Wonderful.

blaza1 said...

wow! wonderful read :) someone's romantic!

Valerie said...

I hoped to see Tara's response to your ultra-romantic gesture and was glad I read right through to the end. I love the romance between you two.

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, as a fellow romantic I recognize the sentiments. I too have my life filled with love notes, of any kind and in any form. They are the spice and the spark that keeps the fire burning.
This is a great post and I savoured every word...
;)
xoxo

SueAnn said...

As I type these words, I have a huge smile on my face. A love not like that is awesome. I would not clean the mirror at all!! Hopefully I can see good enough to put on my makeup!!
Ha!!
Hugs
SUeAnn

4U2 said...

Assuming that the message was too beautiful to remove?

dreamsteve said...

Loved it kinda kept me guessing what was next and was a class act at the end Brian..wonderful piece..

P.N. Subramanian said...

Lovely words. She is blessed.

Daniel said...

Wonderful. Nuff said huh?

Gloria said...

aaah you are a nice and lovely mman!! :)))

Gloria said...

aah nice Brian! I read again!

manicddaily said...

Very sweet. Lovely direct and simple narrative, so nice. K.

manicddaily said...

ps - love the business and positive balances. K.

Betsy said...

Do you give lessons to men who don't have that gift? I'd like to sign someone up. ha.

the walking man said...

You do know Vaseline is the invisible ink of the love note on the mirror, right?

Slamdunk said...

Msg. still there? That is the ultimate husband atta-boy.

CiCi said...

You romantic man, of course the note must stay up as long as possible. I hope she took a pic of it.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Awww, that's a lovely poem, Brian. You old romantic, you!!

CJ x

Heather said...

aw, the sweetest!!!!! Your wife must LOVE you!
I am sending your prize today ( a little slow here..this week)
maybe buy her a bux! ha ha!
enjoy!

RD said...

the heart can not hide

Peace

AmyLK said...

that's so sweet! I wouldn't want the note removed either....... smiles.

Old Ollie said...

wise...so wise

kweschn said...

This is one PRETTY poem! :) Enjoyed it a lot Brian! ... Awesome way to think of bathrooms. :D

kd sullivan said...

This is sooooooo sweet. I love it. Your pictures are so vivid. I feel as though I've spent an evening at your house.

Lizzy said...

the mirror becomes heart art
Nice reflection of yours.

Melanie N. Brasher said...

Oh, I just loved the ending to this piece. What a beautiful treasure for your love.

Leovi said...

Lovely poem. The messages cosmetic mirrors are very sensual woman.

Kathleen said...

I love this -- such a romantic heart you have - Love it!

emily wierenga said...

with nothing but heartbeats
between us


and then... the note... sigh. these notes, they are what keep the heart beating. beautiful, brian.

Goofball said...

ha...figured you needed an aweful long time in the bathroom to do your business. Take your time :)

drybottomgirl said...

well some people just read magazines when they are in the bathroom :-) but now you just made a million women wild with envy! You my friend are awesome!

Axis said...

This blog's pretty interesting.. Followed.

wolfsrosebud said...

you are a sweetheart and it's not every Valentines Day yet

wood said...

its the little things, and the surprizing things, that oddly, make the universe feel complete. very well written my friend

Kris said...

Another really good one.

ayala said...

I love it!!!!!!!! Those are great love notes indeed :)

Janice said...

Loved this...so romantic.

Sheila said...

I love that. I forgot that we used to do the same. It's been years. thanks for the reminder - going to do my business tonight then (smiles)

Fred Rutherford said...

Really nice, had me thinking in a totally other direction at first though-lol, love the mirror idea that is wonderful. Thanks, Great Job

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

"sorry about wearing your eye liner
down & i'll clean the mirror when you want but when that feeling hits in the pit of your being some love notes

just won't wait..."


Hi! Brian...
I usually, don't like to use these terms after reading emotional poems, but your words in this poem to Mrs. Tara Miller are:[very] Romantic, [very]sweet,[very] thoughtful and [very] loving.

Thanks, for sharing!
deedee ;-D

Wander said...

Brian you are a very good poet, very good, damn good!!!
I am now going to be one of the plethera of followers!

flaubert said...

A beautiful poem, Brian. I love the image of the writing on the mirror.

Pamela

Karen said...

Beautiful! Perhaps I'll print a copy and leave for my husband to read....lol

sharmishtha said...

this was cute brian :)
LOL i dont think she will mind her eyeliner getting ruined.

tracy said...

Oh my goodness...so glad I didn't get to this one immediately following the last one. :-) I have to say I think your love poems are the best, but I was always a Rod McKuen fan growing up so....

turtlememoir said...

aw, lovely and romantic and... but somehow in a real way. I love nothing but heartbeats
between us
and yeah, wouldn't mind the mirror love notes written in my eyeliner either {smiles}

Nacole said...

Brian!

i love the love note on the mirror...what a romantic you are. "her body to my back...only heartbeats between us.." i really liked that. beautiful.

blessings,

Nacole

adeeyoyo said...

Aaaah, so wonderful...

elizabeth said...

I love this!

elizabeth said...

I love this!

The Empress said...

Oh my gosh...Brian.

How did you learn to do just the things that a wife needs??

Of course she won't let you take it down.

I would die with that still under layers of dust, up there.

Joanna Jenkins said...

"nothing but heartbeats between us"
I love that.
Great job. jj

myheartslovesongs said...

aaaawwwww! THAT was a wonderful, romantic, LOVING thing to do, Brian! {have the mirror replaced and this one covered in glass and framed for her to keep always.}

you're such a softy! love it! {smile}

d ♥

william said...

awe such a nice way to end my visit, you old romantic :)

Stranger said...

You're the sweetest guy ever.

Syd said...

Nice that you left that note. So much better than a text message.

Stafford Ray said...

What did you write??? I once wrote on the mirror; "this bathroom needs cleaning". Didn't get the response I wanted. Funny that!