Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Being spring and all

Random graffiti

The library is quiet when it first opens, the only voices those on the shelves, their spines packed tight together to keep them from escaping without a proper swipe of the plastic card. Story time is still an hour into the future, so moms and their children are on the playground across the parking lot, being spring and all.

I like this time. The clickety clak of the keys keep company with my thoughts as I decipher little phrases scribbled in my notebook.

      Empty page diary                   Man picking his nose

                          A mole unprecocious sits on the hill of her lip

Heitz Marcus                          

and two knock, knock jokes i evidently made up that have to do with my life, or they did at some point.

"Hai", is all it takes for me to jump, so lost in the wander of thoughts.

Little stubby fingers pull at the cuff of my red t-shirt, crumbs from breakfast still in the pucker of flesh around his fingernails. He is blond, almost white haired, his upper lip pulled into his lower teeth and grinning, with ears big enough to catch the wind.

"Whachu," he asks and i look over him to see if his mother is far behind. The librarians chat about some workshop they are going to, oblivious to us. Otherwise, we are alone.

"Hi there," I smile.

Disengaging his hand from my shirt, leaving it twisted in a pinch, he digs into his pocket with great effort. His pudgy face crunches in concentration, showing more teeth, then releases in relief as he finds what he is looking for and places it on my table.

"There you are," nervous tension fills his mom's voice as she whirlwinds around the corner scooping him up and giving a quick pop to his bottom. "I'm sorry," she adds and they are gone, leaving me alone once more.

"No problem," I say, to no one.

Stray hairs and blue pocket lint cling to the green gummy bear that stares back at me from the desk. We share a moment and then I begin to type this to you, being spring and all.

submitted to Poetry Jam for 'connections'

75 comments:

Mary said...

Interesting to contemplate the different kinds of connections one can make in libraries. The young lad obviously made a connection with you, Brian; and thank YOU for making a connection with US over at Poetry Jam! Most appreciated.

ipenka said...

Very nice use of the phrases scribbled in the notebook.

Interestingly enough, although you didn't mention anything about the smell, it felt like I was there. I could just imagine a slight chill and smell of old/stuffy books.

Gummy bears are awesome.

Daniel said...

Oh, this is so sweet. Just a lovely moment of time captured. Good stuff.

Anne said...

Oooh this is nice the way you juxtapose the beautiful feeling of Spring and the library against the ragged world around you. When you got to the line about the man picking his nose, I was verbally brought up short, almost like I would be if I'd run into this man on the street.

Brandee Shafer said...

See, now that was a precious gift. You know that gummy bear really meant something to that kid. I used to tell my husband: "I wouldn't trade you for a box of Twinkies," and that was saying something. I really like Twinkies.

Titanium said...

It's gotta be your awesome hair. I find that little kids connect with people who are in touch with their own inner child. :)

Scares the heck out of parents once in a while, though.

happygirl said...

I wish I had more time to spend in the library. Your words brought me there. And, made me recall a cool YouTube. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKVcQnyEIT8

Tabor said...

These moments are so wonderful and your little vignette goes so nicely with the graffiti stimulus.

Claudia said...

hey...markus heitz is a german author...smiles
and this boy must have really liked you when he gave you his gummy bear which i'm sure was a real treasure to him..beautiful capture of a precious, random moment...thanks for sharing it with us...spring and all..smiles

She scribbles said...

Lovely post. I could actually visualize the scene.

Manicddaily said...

Very sweet. (In more than gummy bear sense!)

K.

Valerie said...

A sweet moment. I wonder why Mom popped his bottom, and apologised.

Peggy said...

What a magic if brief connection! Thanks for sharing this early morning moment in the library! And thanks for being the first poster at Poetry Jam this week.

Daydreamertoo said...

Ahhh another magic moment. Love the way your mind thinks and sees the world.

SueAnn said...

That would be the way of innocence and wonder!! Love it
Hugs
SueAnn

Gerry Snape said...

beautifully written piece...loved it and they way you have described those little things that all children do. Great!

Bonnie said...

When you are open to life everything has value ... That's why your poetry is so delicious. It includes so many often-overlooked morsels of goodness.

Laurie Kolp said...

How sweet. This reminds me of all the years I took my kids to story time... some great memories there. This boy sounds like a cutie.

moondustwriter said...

classic Brian
you make the page alive
and...
I would encourage you to take a stab at vignettes like this and try to publish them
smiles from the Moon

Sandi McBride said...

Very interesting, a novel approach, Brian. I like it. I like it very much
Sandi

Heaven said...

I haven't been to the library for ages...your writing brought back some happy moments for me (I did spend a lot of time reading books)...I like the brief scene, it is spring and all ~

Pat Hatt said...

See you are the gawker
As you catch every walker
Whether it's the guy picking his nose
Or what goes on outside windows
Always a treat
As never now who you'll meet
And spin them into your tale
Even in the library with the mixed matched socks guy you gave a previous hail

ayala said...

Love this :)

Deb Colarossi said...

Oh this is so wonderful!
( and libraries are sacred places )

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

"The library is quiet when it first opens, the only voices those on the shelves, their spines packed tight together to keep them from escaping without a proper swipe of the plastic card.

Hi! Brian...
Words that comes to [my] mind after reading your [very] poetic words:

[v]ery Descriptive poem,well-written, poet, Brian, spring, the title, the image, the little boy, his mom, green gummy-bear, and the stanza that I quoted above my comment.

Tks, for sharing!
deedee ;-D

^.^ said...

I so like those "notebook" scribbles ... I really think they are the most important thoughts of our daily lives ... if everyone would write down some "notebook thoughts" at the end of the day ... it would be a better world, Brendan ... Love, cat.

Reena Walkling said...

Absolutely loved this story! "crumbs from breakfast still in the pucker of flesh around his fingernails .... "
You bring me right there in that spring time moment!

Mijayami said...

Oh, I *LOVE* this! I love moments like that and you've taken me right there with you. Thank you :)

Me said...

Love it...first lines, especially.

PS - I have a notebook like that, too! :)

Syd said...

A moment when the energy from two people came together. I bet it was the mohawk! Libraries are awesome places.

G-Man said...

Son...
You write like a radio drama.
Thats not a bad thing.

Tara Miller said...

I enjoyed reading this, love. Such a light, peaceful post for the beginning of spring. I liked the innocence of the little boy and him sharing his treasure with you - if his mom hadn't come he probably would have stuck around to watch you eat that lint covered, hairy little gummy bear. And knowing you....you would have, for him.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That was kinda sweet of the little munchkin.

ladyfi said...

This is just so lovely - like a spring flower perhaps?

tattytiara said...

I like that you captured that moment of bestowing an assurance to somebody that their apology wasn't necessary, only to discover before the words finished leaving your mouth that they were either too embarrassed or two disinterested to hear your response to it.

Joanna Jenkins said...

That was a perfect moment in time... Having taken my share of little ones to story time at the library, this brought back sweet memories. Thanks for that.
jj

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Brian, this is honest, funny, perfectly delightful. Libraries, you never know what will happen! That kid was a hoot, and I'm glad his mom was close behind. I love the smell of old books...
Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/03/20/chanteuse-deluxe-a-barlette-long-form/

adeeyoyo said...

Another gem from your life, Brian. Spring is wonderful isn't it! So is the start of our Autumn - so different yet so alike...

Sue said...

Now, that is one nice little nugget.

=)

Madhulika said...

Nice post as always... i never knew that the library incidences could be penned down so beautifully... :)

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Nice! Gotta love random gifts from God an innocent smile and a green gummy bear shared....

Good stuff.

Kitten said...

You captured the moment perfectly. I spend alot of time at the library even though I have a computer at home. I am left with a really good feeling.

tinkwelborn said...

nice poem. it draws the reader comfortably in with the speaker, allowing the reader to easily identify w/the speaker and the situation.

nice onoematopoeia and alliteration in the line:
“….The clickety clak of the keys keep company …..”

the vivid imagery of the child, his fingers, the conversation of the librarians, the gummy bear, and the patter betwixt the mother of the child and the speaker all embellish greatly the writing of this piece.

Brian, you do a very good job of ‘capturing’ into words the senses of a scene.

Very Good.

Dave King said...

This is really taking things up a level or two. Wonderfully inspirational.

Stephanie said...

A sweet moment:)

mo.stoneskin said...

Hilarious that you noted a precarious mole, and the picked nose, I do wonder what you were actually thinking when you scribbled them down. Or were you the one picking your nose?

Mary Mansfield said...

What a sweet vignette! Libraries, children, and gummy bears...what a great combo!

the walking man said...

...another day in the life of one who is eloquently observant. Open eyes see much.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

The ULTIMATE GIFT!!!! This is incredibly endearing to me! I LOVE THIS!


Okay and I need more of a story to go along with, "A mole unprecocious sits on the hill of her lip" HA!

The Empress said...

What brings tears to my eyes is that , just like the librarians, the mother is oblivious to this child's treasure.

NO IDEA of the grandness of the moment that she just missed.

I could see that gummi bear, and I loved it.

I loved this mini film, Brian. Thank you.

Jenny Woolf said...

Good moment. And a very library feeling to it all.

CiCi said...

So cute, can picture the teeth and ears and pudgy fingers. I really like this one. Amazing how easily little kids reach out to people.

turtlememoir said...

Lovely slice of life writing, Brian. I'm always listening for those "voices on the shelves" at my library, and I write notes too but am not great at deciphering my own handwriting (still in the dark about two of my yesterday's words)... And it's too bad really, that moms feel they have to apologize for the inconvenience of their kids trying to connect

Fred Rutherford said...

really cool character sketch/detail brought out during the "dialogue", really well crafted scene- I love libraries and love the spring- it's that thaw from what is typically frigid winters, passion and life are thrust into you- springs come early here in my neck of the woods and can't ever remember it coming this early before- such a great feeling- hoping it sticks around till our normal time of spring comes around. Fingers crossed. Great tale. Thanks

Wander said...

Brian I will have to read this later...just wanted to say hi while I have an internet connection...

Hi

Wander

Friko said...

A lovely vignette; pity that mums are so very quick at dismissing the small things in life.

Margaret said...

being spring... kids do that SO well. Gotta love those bottom pops (I've doled one or two out in my lifetime). ha ha. I don't think the mom was dismissive or necessarily unconnected with her little boy. I've been in libraries many, many times and people really do get irritated at children - even ones who whisper too "loudly". I've been given a number of irritating looks... good thing it makes me just want to bother them more by staying longer :)

But a child running off is a very, very scary thing. I'm sure the bottom pop didn't hurt the child.

Heather said...

nice - i like the library, too!

Helen said...

I felt as though I had known this adorable little boy his entire life ... that's what stellar writing is all about! Bravo Brian.

TALON said...

I'm sorry, but I burst out laughing at the man picking his nose. Ugh, but when I was stopped at a red light the other day the guy in the next lane was going at it like there was no tomorrow - ICK!

I liked this a lot, Brian. A real voice shining through.

Jinksy said...

How sweet! Literally! :)

Loredana Donovan said...

I love libraries and books! You captured this nicely, and you definitely made a connection with the child. How sweet he gave you a gummy bear!

Pat said...

This really touched my heart! You described so well that quietness of the library when it first opens up....I worked at a library so I know! I love the little boy and the gift he bestowed upon you!

AmyLK said...

Awww! Such a cutie!

tera said...

Nice. I love libraries. (and gummy bears, although I can do without pocket lint...)

It is spring. And yet...it is cold today and it snowed all day yesterday. Again.

Send me some of your spring and I'll send you some of my leftover winter?

Mariya Koleva said...

"being spring and all" people connect not only in the open, but indoors, too; even in the dusty twilight of the book shrine. This is truly a charming moment caught in words.

Vicki Lane said...

A charming encounter, charmingly told.

janaki nagaraj said...

A beautiful moment..loved this.

Hannah said...

The perfection of connections! This is very well written and precious, Brian!

I really enjoyed this line from your random thoughts notebook scribbles..." A mole unprecocious sits on the hill of her lip."

Thanks for all of this goodness! :)

Carrie Burtt said...

Love this Brian! I work at a Library, and can relate to your beautiful story completely! :-)

Magpie said...

You're just one of those people that others want to share their lives with...good, bad, or in between. You've been given a profound gift and I always find that you handle it well.

Lolamouse said...

You're one of those people who gives off a "kid aura." You just attract kids (and kidlike people!) It's a wonderful gift.

JeannetteLS said...

It's a gift to have "Kids welcome" tatooed to one's forehead. I am catching up on reading and I saw this title.

What a great choice to read on a Sunday while on vacation, lolling on my queen-sized PRINCESS bed. I am princess for a weekend.

Your readers have said it all I think, but it grabs my heart with a smile, picturing a little boy rumming among the pocket treasures of string, worms, and linty gummy bear, to find you just the right thing.

It being spring and all.

Goofball said...

what a magic moments...what a precious gummy bear!


I love how you described the books all ordered with straight spines in the morning. I've done several summer jobs in the local library, my task being among other putting all the returned books back in the shelves. Since then I've become rather neurotic about chaotic book shelves with books in non-alphabetical order, not well aligned etc. I often cannot help myself but start straighening the shelf while I explore for a new book in the library :D

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