Tuesday, January 17, 2012

OpenLinkNight: 58 percent of your child's daily calorie recommendation


Someone told me the other day
McDonalds gets all their french fries from Mexico

You better tell the border patrol
cause i think it's the first wave of a revolution
led by a chihuahua rally cry "Yo Quiero!"

But then again, Taco Bell is out of Irvine
so it's an inside job---turn a simile on that
to the government & i can call it
a poem

even write it in form:

There is a reason
they call dollars bills, got e-
nough, you can buy one

Ooooo, i wrote haiku

Which means i must be a real poet,
but then again if i scribe it in words like
Callipygian Osculator Gerontocracy
(Shapely ass kissing old boys club)
it might get me published in a journal

read by people that hmm ooo ahhh
and let me in the 1 % that can actually write---poetry
while the rest occupy
space driving down property values as they
minimum wage by

& my son says, as we walk through Target,
"I need to study Star Wars more so I can
one day be a Senator, say things like

'I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die
while you discuss this invasion in a committee!
'

& they will put my face
on shopping carts and earrings to adorn
the lobes of ladies that shop there

cause once you are a senator, people will buy
anything" & i

will still be writing poetry that won't sell with small words
and ideals that have greater (not just nutritional) value
than campaign promises or happy meals.

Once again, it's OpenLinkNight @ dVerse Poets...where we occupy minds with poetry, not made to order, but bring order to the ramblings of our minds. Write poetry. Come join us. Doors open at 3 pm EST.

112 comments:

Mary said...

Ah, Brian...I am all for poetry with ideals and small words! Let's all keep writing. Nice write!

Magpie said...

So much you said here! I love all of it...especially how you have tended to your sons' minds so that they can see the world like they do.

Natasha Head said...

Your poetry is worth more than anything money can buy...and it's not about to fit in a happy meal box...just sayin :) You hit this one way over the fence and out of your state, Brian. I'm going long here on the other side of the border, but I'm hoping it hits our parliament straight between the eyes. And I had no idea that was where Tacobell called homebase...got one right across the street and like to visit when I'm feeling continental ;) You ROCK the words Poet!

Raven said...

You have a wonderful sense of humor, this was well done and great fun.

MorningAJ said...

I think if you have to write in a different way to get published then you aren't being true to yourself.

Of course - I write for a living. What my employer says. And not what I'd like to be writing. What does that make me? :)

Heaven said...

"writing poetry that won't sell with small words
and ideals that have greater (not just nutritional) value
than campaign promises or happy meals."

Your words are never small to me...they hit me big time on my face ~

AmyLK said...

Your son is very smart! And I agree with Heaven, you're words are big and powerful. smiles

Teri M said...

Ba da da da da, I'm loving it! :)

Valerie said...

Goodness, I never think of your words as small... to me they're huge and meaningful and clever. Publish your own, show everyone what a brilliant poet you are.

manicddaily said...

Happy meals not so happy. I think the Callipygian Osculator Gerontocracy
just might get you somewhere. (I don't know about a journal!)

Ah, poetry. K.

hedgewitch said...

Screw those members of the COG(I ain't even tryin to spell them longass words) and the horse they rode in on. Every single poet who's worth a damn writes to an inner voice--when you put it into some dumbass fast food box you may be abe to peddle it to those who don;t care about mental nutrition, but it still will make you fat and lazy. Love your son's remark about Star Wars. Where are all the Jedi when we need them?

Mrsupole said...

You know by the time the boys are grown we may be fighting a "Star Wars" due to their discovery of Suns similar to ours. Keep training him and someday the world will thank you.

Great haiku by the way.

God bless.

Laurie Kolp said...

Your words are anything but small... sometimes I wonder about those journals, where the 1% come from... as always, thanks for sharing your work with us, Brian.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...really i am not trying to put my stuff down, more a thumb in the eye of the establishment...both the over educated publishers and of course government...smiles.

nerima roberts said...

I agree with what Natasha said: "Your poetry is worth more than anything money can buy...and it's not about to fit in a happy meal box..."

laurie said...

great read you are, wow!
I think you son has a good head on his shoulders too!

Betsy said...

maybe he was referring to john glenn the astronaut senator? :)

kaykuala said...

Yes Brian! Sock it to them! And you laced it with wit and humor all the way!

Hank

Mama Zen said...

Kick ass ending. Did you hear Romney stuttering about his tax returns last night?

Ruthiey said...

Wow, is this a social and political commentary all in one? Love what your son said about studying to be a senator. :)

Daniel said...

Brian, loved this piece. Delicious ... absolutely delicious.

Daydreamertoo said...

LOL I LOVE your words!
I read somewhere recently that MacDonald's in the USA is buying MOST of their beef from elsewhere, and that wherever they are importing it from (Maybe Mexico) or some such, but these countries do NOT have to have the strict no cows must be fed on ground up bones/meat from other animals to prevent Mad cow disease in line with the laws of the USA & Canada. So, MacDonald's don't mind if they give you all mad cow disease as long as they get their meat and products cheaper in some other country. I haven't eaten a burger since mad cow disease first was known and McDonald's had a few folks die from Under cooked burgers... I like to know where my food has been and who has handled it (If I can)
I love the way you get your message across though, always hits the mark. Big words, or not! :)

Sue said...

When I was young and cared about getting acceptances from literary magazines, I had to write in free verse and be less accessible if I wanted to see my stuff in print.

Only The Lyric would accept my poems when I chose to rhyme them, and even those had to be sonnets.

These days I write to please me. If the voice isn't my own, why bother?

Enjoyed your poem, Brian, and not just the little bit that made me think of this...

=)

Margie said...

Brian, you have a very smart son and your words are never small!
They are inspiring and funny and witty and I love them!

Wonderful write!
Thank you!

Smiles

Claudia said...

bri..this is wonderful..still smiling...and when your son is a senator one day (and i think if he learns from star wars he will be gorgeous..smiles) then i hope you'll still nurturing us with your magic and down-to-earth and walking-on-the-edge poetry..smiles

Gloria said...

Im agree with you (lol) and you write with special sense of humor! I love this! (lol)

Robert Gibson said...

Got one word. BOOOM!

This is AWESOME! WOW! Loved every single word ... "oooo I wrote a haiku" made me laugh out loud! Really! Awesome piece, man, from beginning to end!

happygirl said...

I'm guess the star wars reference is Ron Paul. Complete with the Darth Vadar theme. Thanks for the small words pregnant with big meaning. They expand my mind. :)

Lolamouse said...

I'm with you and your small words and big ideas! Good one, Brian!

Pat Hatt said...

LOL "Shapely ass kissing old boys club"
Don't think it could be described better

Better hope they never build that wall
Then the fries might stall
You don't want to be in the 1% with big words?
You could sit higher than the birds
But might get a nose bleed from all the hot air
As it rises yet they seem unaware
Maybe it clouds their brain
As most surely can't be sane
Such fun was had today
Maybe you'll give those blowhards some dismay

Eva Gallant said...

ahh....Another 99% group of which I am a member!

Fred said...

Strong and powerful write Brian, really covering a number of bases here. The discussion of real is an important topic for not only poetry but for all of art, and the political slant(s) here were well played. Loved them Thanks.Great job.

Sweeter said...

Who needs to be a senator if you can report it all through your amazing writing!? And your over 1030 followers is more than anyone can ask to be heard, and your instant response when we post... who would want to ask for more, my dear Brian?
Excellent and witty as always :-)

Brian Carlin said...

A lovely, formless, breathless rant, with your truth and heart at its core. Write on B!

zongrik said...

i have this argument with my writer's group writing 4 journal v writing for them. i tell them go look on my blog.

Laura said...

"I need to study Star Wars more so I can
one day be a Senator, say things like

'I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die
while you discuss this invasion in a committee!'"...love it!

RD said...

BM for President !!!

Peace

mrs mediocrity said...

Ha! You must always keep writing these small words with big meaning. I think your son might have the right idea...

lindakruschke said...

Brian, I've never written a haiku. Does that make me NOT a real poet? ;-) As for small versus big words, I liked the small words description better than the big. Peace, Linda

Anthony Desmond said...

Hey man great poem... a bunch of different meanings & points flow through it... hit the nails on the head

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I like the many ways this poem ranted - fun to follow. You've got my vote.

magicinthebackyard said...

wow! you were on a roll with this one! I didn't want it to end, just kept holding out for some more great one liners like..
I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN :)

Your a master...I bow. :)

Kellie
http://magicinthebackyard.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/we-make-love/

turtlememoir said...

hey hey, you are a real poet, Brian, imo :) - this was a fun and sometimes serious read... loved the final stanza (yeah!) and this:

There is a reason
they call dollars bills, got e-
nough, you can buy one

turtlememoir said...

hey hey, you are a real poet, Brian, imo :) - this was a fun and sometimes serious read... loved the final stanza (yeah!) and this:

There is a reason
they call dollars bills, got e-
nough, you can buy one

Tara Miller said...

good thing your poetry doesn't have to fit into a box. You've got an amazing talent and no one should tell you different, love.

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

Hello! Brian...Your ending

"will still be writing poetry that won't sell with small words
and ideals that have greater (not just nutritional) value
than campaign promises or happy meals."


sums it all up and place it in that pretty green and pink polk-a dot box...Wrapped with a green satin ribbon and handed to

"people that hmm ooo ahhh"

Thanks, for sharing!
deedee :-D

Anne said...

Ah but you're a poet luv, and few better there are walking the wild world today with pen and ink than yourself. You paint ideas with words and tend the souls of those starved for thought. You're a poet.

anthonynorth said...

Ideals and small words - I'm with you. And I loved the sarcasm in this.

awakenedwords said...

What a jaunt - heavy subjects told almost frivolously - as they so often deserve. Well done.

Divalounger said...

Nicer write Brian--large ideas and probably larger heart!

@AudreyHowitt

Goofball said...

all fries from Mexico? hmm is that huge plant of Lamb Weston in Tricieties, Washington closed then?

ayala said...

Ah, love this...
will still be writing poetry that won't sell with small words
and ideals that have greater (not just nutritional) value
than campaign promises or happy meals.
Awesome write!

DJan said...

This is one Happy Meal I can appreciate: your poetry, even your haiku! Oooo!

Friko said...

Grand!

Indigo Spider said...

I'll just repeat what so many have said before, I'd rather have the poetry with ideals and small words since it is worth more than money can buy. I just wanted to pipe in and say, wonderful, truly enjoyed, thanks.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

I'm voting for your kid! How soon will he be old enough to run?

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

You small words with ideas and images so Large. well, done Brian

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Reading this was kind of like watching a one-sided boxing match. Or better yet, one of those old balck and white movies where the guy is slapping some dude around. Listen up, see!SMACK You gonna get in line, see! SMACK I call the shots see! SMACK
Nice one, Brian. I love it!

wolfsrosebud said...

& my son says, as we walk through Target,
"I need to study Star Wars more so I can
one day be a Senator, say things like

...so your son is pretty smart?

Glenn Buttkus said...

No one nails a steam of consciousness
like you do, dude. Loved this rave, this
rant, this treatise, this manifesto for the
dialectical poetics we whelp and spread
on the cyber winds like a monkey virus.
Maybe it's just me, but when I read your
reference to "small words" I just focused
on the fact that you have a propensity to
use lower case much of the time, yet the
behemoth messages they convey defy
their appearance, for they speak in clear
stentorian tones, and the demagogues
and dentists and dog catchers all get
the ideas you thrust at them/us, often
with humor, with sarcasm, but always
with love.

poemblaze said...

This was both a serious and fun rant. Great job.

aidz said...

I can sense a tongue planet firmly in cheek here ;)

Whosyergurl said...

oh, I've given most of my writing away, my whole life long and it seems like it is just starting to pay off.

I would vote for you if I could! You seem like a purty smart dude.

Cheryl

Jebbi said...

I liked this rant...the play at the end on writing "anyway"....:) loved this :)

Vicki Lane said...

How do you do this, day after day with such fine poems? Yours, in awe...

marousia said...

LOVE THIS ONE! the segues are perfect and it has a real bite! :)

blaza1 said...

I love this one! keep up with it man, you're amazing at this

Charles Miller said...

Let's put this one in the soon-to- be-born People's Bank. Remember that from the days of the real revolution that died the day they let Alex Hamilton run in the robber aristocrats to make this country gas its way into oblivion? That revolution died on the vine, like too many, so then we all need to say things like this to get us turned ass right

while the rest occupy
space driving down property values as they
minimum wage by

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

You got a smart boy Brian... Nice write again...

JJRod'z

Myrna R. said...

If you keep writing your poetry, I'll vote for you.

It was fun reading this. So you.

Victoria said...

I think one "symptom" of a stellar poet is when the reader can recognize his voice without being told who wrote it. Your voice screams out "Brian"--so unique, tongue-in-cheeky. My new nickname for you: "Cheeky!"

Vernon Wildy, Jr. said...

You can't fit that poem into a Happy Meal box. That's more of a SuperSize bag. That was a lot of ideas thrown in there. Firing away at top velocity. Liked it a bunch.

William Claybrook said...

Hi my name is William.I am very impressed with the site.Snot introduced me to it. I think you talent is astounding I liked the burger, fries, and coke, plus the toy prize inside. I even thought the Mini Haiku was cute.

Heather said...

i'll vote for you! Your writing is amazing...don't you forget that!

Mark Kerstetter said...

ooh, ahh, haiku, me luvs haiku, better'n fries.

Susie Clevenger said...

I love this...poetry's old boys club and all...humor that hits hard.

G-Man said...

Hey...
Whats in a Title anyway?

Uneven Stephen said...

Wow, this is brilliant. You impress me more with each poem I read (not that your goal is to impress the masses :)). So awesome. My favorite part: "they will put my face
on shopping carts and earrings to adorn
the lobes of ladies that shop there".

Great poem man.

sheila said...

Love this Brian! I've missed so much over here lately! I'd take what you write over so many. And as for fast food... half the stuff they put in their food is big words. I like the small ones that can be pronounced (and possibly grown naturally, lol... ) but that's another topic I suppose.

Zoe said...

Very nice, once again. I love the irony that runs through your poems. This one brings together things that i would never have thought to link, with your usual skill and flair. Loved it.

~L said...

dude... you make me smile... thanks for such a sweet write! :)

~L

Teresa said...

You never cease to amaze me with your creativity. I love the small easy to read ones~I certainly get my dollar's worth here.

Kamana said...

children say the best things!

lori said...

Ha-ha! I'm lovin' it. Yes, that's a lame McD's reference. And I would so pay money for your words. You're always a favorite read for me :) Keep doing your thing. You do it well!

The Empress said...

I hear you, and I know what you're saying.

Makes me think of a man I heard on NPR: about bring poetry to the inner city schools.

He says, "There are more words from souls coming from these ten year olds then there are in any National Contest winners."

And then he read some. And I had to stop washing dishes so I could hear every heart beat in the words from these children. Their hearts all over the paper....finally, someone to hear what they had to say.

I have to remember this man's name.

The Empress said...

oh, crappity crap crap. Should be "than."

Shashi S said...

A very interesting poetry that took me on a journey to various issues that ails the society... Its election time I guess ... :-)


Shashi

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Om Namah Shivaya
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At Twitter @VerseEveryDay

beckykilsby said...

a chihuahuan rallying cry for small words and poets who speak as they find..beaut poem Brian...

joanna said...

sharp as ever, brian. is there anything you won't take that sword/pen to? *smiles*

Ed Pilolla said...

very neat. the real revolution isn't where the mcdonald's commercials are airing. the real revolution may just be where the free exchange of ideas is happening. next it may be goods and services-- just imagine if that ever happened:)

but that's the historically unique perch your celebrated poetry sits upon, as i see it. not too bad:)

jackiedick said...

Ya did it again! Screw the big words, kiddo...yours, small? Nah, the impact is too great...always..always edgy, thought provoking, from the heart and gutsy. Loved this one, Brian! Write on....puleeeeese!

oceangirl said...

Oh Brian, what an intelligent, sharp, revolutionary voice and your son gets essential and non-essential nutritions from you.

BragonDorn said...

Very nice read! I love poetry as well.

Beachanny said...

You feed us all with a great quality meal of words and creativity with every post. Tight, metaphoric, euphoric, churning, burning, incisive, quick, and smart! Always love reading you!

Baino said...

Ah but we don't write to make money do we?

Lady Nyo said...

Brian...this is topical and soooo good. When you went into the 'big words in poetry' I thought of the poetry in the New Yorker Mag....generally obtuse stuff and who is vetting this crap?

LOL! Your small words go straight to the heart and settle in.

Poetry shouldn't be a strain of the head OR heart.

Loved this, as I generally do of yours. You are a fine and relevant poet!

Lady Nyo

Louise said...

Brilliant & well said..the tide is turning...smiles :)

adeeyoyo said...

Someone has to tell it like it is, Brian - good for you! Poetry is for all the people!

Ron Thompson said...

You take us on a winding, vivid trip through unexpected territory. I like ideals with greater value than campaign promises and happy meals. Nice!

C Rose said...

the perfect flurry in words here for me Brian...it captures the chaos of our surroundings so well, yet you sit resound in the center with words. Loved this write, my best ~ Rose

SueAnn said...

Kids meals could rule the world...just saying!!
Keep on saying Brian
Hugs
SueAnn

Arron Shilling said...

cooking up a storm bro - keeping it real for the future (do i get a free toy now?) :)

Anonymous said...

"while the rest occupy
space driving down property values as they
minimum wage by"

I prefer poetry written by these guys. :)

~Shawna
rosemarymint.wordpress.com

Short Poems said...

Loved this piece, Brian

JeannetteLS said...

And I'll keep reading those small words with ideals. And with humor. And with a side smack of emotion that knocks me senseless as I regain my bearings.

Yup.

me_duress said...

I absolutely love this! wit, humour, rhyme - everything!

Tina said...

"read by people that hmm ooo ahhh
and let me in the 1 % that can actually write---poetry
while the rest occupy
space driving down property values as they
minimum wage by"
Currently my favorite Brianism. I keep a list. Is that wrong? I'm not planning any sort of psycho stalker behavior, just am in awe (as always) of your way with big issues in short phrases.

Tina @ Life is Good

Co-Host of the April 2012 Blogging from A to Z Challenge


Twitter: #atozchallenge

Zuzana said...

This makes me contemplate the fact that if I think too much about what goes on in our world, I do not want to even have a burger.;)
Great post above, it was highly annoying when Wikipedia was off line yesterday and I fully support the reason why.;)
Have a great Thursday dear Brian,
xoxo

Celestial Dreamz said...

yeah lets keep writing and writing ...

Little Ms Blogger said...

Hello? French fries from Mexico? Is that the new Maine?

I openly admit, I sometimes read your poems differently than you intended and love when you post your intentions in the comments. It has me marvel at the words.

Sheila Moore said...

Keep using those small words. They're all I can understand :)

Syd said...

Avoid Micky D's and good old boys sounds like words to live by. Both make you feel full of something that smells.