Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hungry for more

Picture/Art by Bonnie Zeiman

"how is it you know all these homeless?"
the boy asks, hat kicked to the side
as we drift the side-walk,
after the NA meeting

"you'd be surprised
what you can learn about people
when you are willing
to share a meal," i shoot back,

not really an answer, or
what he was looking for,
quietly he turns it over,
   pinching his eyes, curling
   lips in consternation

examining fingerprints
in play-doh, whirls both rigid and pliable
then,

"will you buy me some fries at Burger King?"

"sure,"
because aren't we all---

My good friend Bonnie posted this on her blog the other day and I fell in love with the picture. She graciously has allowed me to write to it. It helps to know incredibly talented people. Smiles.

This is a bit of a follow up piece from yesterday, or at least it happened the same night.

68 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

Love the throwaway all-over-the-place feel of both the words and the picture, everything's there and all of it conveys something but none of it is straightforward.

Heaven said...

Very nice capture of the scene Brian. I am always learning from you on how to write a nice story.

I like that you listen and share your meal...yes, we are all hungry for more ~

Happy Sunday ~

Gloria said...

aah!!Brian,really nice!

Gloria said...

Brian I m not a poet I know i m only a cook that love poesy, but here in your blog I feel comfortable,only you wanna know,thanks...

Claudia said...

yes...we definitely are..

flaubert said...

Knowledge is something to be hungry for, Brian. I love this pic and how nicely your words accompany it.

Pamela

Laurie Kolp said...

This is very touching, Brian. To take the time to listen, offer your hand or some french fries... which for teens are the bomb!

Daniel said...

Oh man, this was good stuff. From one end of the spectrum of humanity to the other. Blessings to you.

tattytiara said...

That is a striking image, I can see how you couldn't resist the inspiration! I think this post proves well that good things happen when artists feed one another.

Daydreamertoo said...

At any age...If ever I needed a friend Brian, I would want someone who was just like you.

hedgewitch said...

Great last line, brian--and we are, but having some fries and conversation goes a long way to put some home in the world sometimes.

Bonnie said...

you always leave me ...

:)

happygirl said...

A very urban image. I think you captured the image in words. Hat kicked to the side. I remember when I was a sahm and worked at the pregnancy care center and served at the soup kitchen to fill my time during the school day. We'd shop on the weekends and see all those I served during the week. My husband would ask me if I knew all the indigent in the area. I said, I do. :)

manicddaily said...

Very nice piece, Brian--the boy turning the thoughts over, play-doh, no answer. Lovely cadence and feel (and of course wonderful feelings.)

K.

Wander said...

Brian I came by this one first and I have to say you are a good man, doing good work, writing good poetry!

Wander

Simone said...

Love the message that this one spoke, Brian.

Gail said...

Great pictures, wonderful words.

Brian Miller said...

HG...pretty much the same story here...i know most of them from the soup kitchen...saw a bunch of them this week in my travels so they have been on my mind...thus yesterdays poem, today and even this coming tuesdays all kinda revolve around them

ayala said...

Great last line...and great capture :)

Anne said...

We don't think about these people do we? They are like hats kicked to the side of the road, unnoticed until you care enough to do something. We women equate food with love, with caring, with giving. So very nice of you to share.

Peter Greene said...

mm fries...I must say, I love a poem that ends with anyone getting virtually anything fried. I bet I am not alone. Didn't Homer go on about fried foods? He certainly had them cleaning the tables properly in his poetry, too, that much I recall. Scrubbed.
Thanks for the poem!

Fred Rutherford said...

awesome ending here. The scene is painted perfectly, I love how the child's pov is illustrated here. Great write. And the drawing is great, I love it and will have to check out her work. Thanks

momto8 said...

thank you for this example of kindness to another human being.

Brian Miller said...

that is what it is all about isnt it...one to another...to another...

Mary said...

Yup, sometimes a meal is much more than a meal! More should put your philosophy into use, Brian!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

The little ones sure do enjoy their time with you (and fries).

KB said...

Love the pic and your words.

Jennifer Worrell said...

You completely captured the way kids move on from a deep subject; I love it, and I'll have some fries now.

Vodka Mom said...

loved.



for realz.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Yes we are.

Mama Zen said...

So much story in so few lines. Wow!

Tara Miller said...

He is hungry for more and glad you can help open his eyes a bit...

Slamdunk said...

Well done Brian. I think the image is one that the longer I stare at it, the more I get out of it.

Enjoy your Monday.

kaykuala said...

Good choice on the image, Brian! The more you look at it the more it seems to reveal many other things! Great!

Hank

Pat Hatt said...

What a nice story
Giving some fried in all their glory
As you listen to all
Guess not just gawking at your hall..haha

Susie Clevenger said...

We hunger...never satisfied..one answer never enough...such wonderful writing as always.

Madhulika said...

so true... we all are hungry.. hunger for food, love, wealth and the list is endless...
B'ful piece of writing and a wonderful picture... It speaks volumes

Ravenblack said...

Not exactly answering his question, but answering it. Very nice write.

Cloudia said...

Didja see "The Wire?"



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Valerie said...

Damn it, Brian, you've done it again.... you made my heart turn over with your words.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Beautifully done, as always!

Dave King said...

"you'd be surprised
what you can learn about people
when you are willing
to share a meal," i shoot back,

This really hit me. Way back in my youth I helped a few times with The London Embankment Mission (to the homeless - we called "down-and-outs") and your remarks mesh exactly with my experiences there. A really fine and telling post.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

sweet

dulce ♥ said...

Suitable the pic for your words. I love how you present this from the different perspectives and interests in life...

Sandi McBride said...

I don't know why but the picture brought to mind Stephen King...then the story unfolded and I saw more...
Sandi

SueAnn said...

Rigid and pliable all at the same time...yes we are!!
I love that art piece. Beautiful!
Hugs
SueAnn

izzy said...

I really related to the first half
then you lost me at the fingerprints;
& I like the end-

janaki nagaraj said...

We are all hungry for more....love in the form of food. Nice.

CiCi said...

Looking at homeless people and seeing real people and not just throwaways takes someone who has felt pain and hard work unless you have the love of a Mother Teresa. Keep taking care of yourself so you can continue your contribution to humanity.

Heather said...

beautiful...sounds like he wanted to share some fries and and someone to talk to....love it!

Magpie said...

I'm loving this...does he desire that you know more about him, or is he looking to know more about you? Lovely thoughts to ponder.

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

"how is it you know all these homeless?"
"you'd be surprised
what you can learn about people
when you are willing
to share a meal," i shoot back..."


"will you buy me some fries at Burger King?"

"sure,"
because aren't we all---

Hi! Brian...
Tks, for sharing your very poetic words [Of wisdom] and the beautiful image by Bonnie Zeiman, that compliment your poem...Well, very nicely...too!
deedee ;-D

Pat said...

How nice of you to share Bonnie's photo AND have the talent to write a poem like that! It's deep and strikes a chord right to the heart!

AmyLK said...

A beautiful picture to go with your beautiful words.

tera said...

Nicely kinetic. I so like your little slice of life vignettes.

adan said...

this is one of those kind of moments i just have to mull over cause i enjoy it so much and conjures up so many feelings and memories of raising my boy - super nice write brian, thank you ;-)

Hilary said...

Wonderful as always, Brian. I noticed your request on Bonnie's blog when she posted her art. Lovely to see it take shape.

farmlady said...

"aren't we all."
Yes, Brian.
Very good poem... amazing.

Syd said...

Good for you, dude. You do so much for a lot of people. Sharing your BK meal will multiply like the loaves and fishes.

moondustwriter said...

you learn alot about people...
the two go well together Bri
have a good trip
wow its been a year?
missing NYC

Lady Nyo said...

An incredibly sensitive piece, Brian...sings in the heart. I have come to expect this compassion in your writing.

Lovely.

Lady Nyo

ladyfi said...

A wonderful post so full of light and compassion.

Ed Pilolla said...

simple truths. sharing a meal and hospitality are the most ancient acts of generosity and humanity. more and more i believe woody allen's saying that 90 percent of life is showing up. all you have to do is show up, just be yourself and you can learn about anyone. thanks for this. have a great day, sir.

Josh Hoyt said...

Great piece!

Goofball said...

I'd love some fries from Burger King ;)

Lorraine said...

I am so hungry Brian

Sue said...

Seems like you have something in common with that wonderful man I posted about...the one who spoke at my church.

=)

Dolly said...

so glad you shared a meal...lovely...thanks, Brian :)