Thursday, April 5, 2012

The best part of Shelley's Ghost was the cards we got as we left, the rest is history

In Central Park, Burns
sits on a tree stump,
poems round his ankles, like pants,
gazing blissfully up

"Might be opium-daze,
they used to write verse after,"
Randy comments

& i

never want to be made a statue

especially not one that looks
like i just took a crap,

that is too close a metaphor.

Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go tell g-man...at 8 pm EST today.

Still have NYC on the brain. The Shelley's Ghost exhibit at the NY public library was a bit disappointing. More the historical aspect of Percy Bysshe Shelley. We did get free calling cards with snippets of his verse on them, which are kinda cool.

I found the Robert Burns statue to be rather funny on Literary Way...it was the look on his face. According to the sculptor, he was pondering his love Mary. I guess if he says so. Smiles.

65 comments:

Gloria said...

nice Brian! ha! I dont want to be made a statue , is a metaphor I think:)

kaykuala said...

Central Park, a welcomed greenery, great for loafing in the shades. Being aware of ghosts and muggers is a plus point!

Hank

Laurie Kolp said...

Cute analogy but your writing is anything but crap... it's gold!

Claudia said...

smiles...i think you should really work on that burns look...you know...i look like this when i'm trying to write form poetry...haha

Daniel said...

Very funny. You have given me a good smile.

Pat Hatt said...

LMAO you never know the look they will capture if a statue comes due
So better be firm or have a smile at all times in view
Or as you sit around on your concrete rump
It may just look like you are taking a big dump..hahahaha

Celestial Dreamz said...

:) good analogy and yeah your writing is gold ...

Anonymous said...

"poems round his ankles, like pants"

Perfect!

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Sue said...

hahaha

Luckily, you don't write like sh**.

;)

hedgewitch said...

This cracked me up totally, bri. Not only would you look like you're taking a crap, but pigeons would be standing in line to make that metaphor even better! ;_) Pure gold 55, my friend.

Friko said...

As they only makes statues of you after your death, you'll have little say in the matter.

CiCi said...

One of the best things about statues in my opinion is how we each see something different and appreciate various things. Your NY trip must have been quite enjoyable.

Brian Miller said...

haha i am glad everyone is chuckling...it was intended to be funny...almost as funny as the real statue...and hedge if i had not ran out of words i def would have made a pigeon reference...

Tara Miller said...

This is funny! You know, you never can tell what kind of statue they would make of a hot guy with a mohawk! wink wink

Daydreamertoo said...

haha... one that looks like you just took a crap.... hahaha

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

You should have taken a picture of the statue!

Fred Rutherford said...

Love the combination of tone here. The idea of the poems and then the wit at the end really go together both as reflection and as set up-punchline. Very nice Brian. Thanks

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Guess we all hope we do NOT look like Robert when thinking of Mary if it is going to be put in stone huh?

Timoteo said...

Ha--we both wrote about crap today! I enjoy writing about crap, as long as it doesn't turn out to be crap.

Jannie Funster said...

I understand they have some kind of pigeon deterrant on the Churchill statue across from Trafalgar square, so he is not shat upon. I'll make sure to tell them to do that to your statue too! Except you'll be standing tall and proud in your eternal bronze pose!

xo

LIza said...

LMAO!!! The look of love!!!

Steve E said...

Pondering my love...and needing to relieve myself, WOW! I'll have to take note if they both DO elicit the same pained expression.

More on this tomorrow!

No statues please--unless on a horse with armor and a sword (I mean that the HORSE has armor and a sword, you DID understand that?)--grin!
PEACE!

'Sophia' said...

Sorry about the disappointment on the exhibit. At least Shelley is not a disappointment in his writings. He is one amazing British writer I'll forever love. :)

Cheryl said...

Nice one, Brian!

farmlady said...

Had fun with this one didn't you?
Love it!

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

Hi! Brian...
Tks, for sharing...[Shhhh...I'm afraid Of statues...LOL]
Great use Of 55 [poetic] words in your poem today.
deedee ;-D

Lolamouse said...

Ha! I'm not sure they could capture the hair in a Brian statue!

Mary said...

I do like Robert Burns, but wonder why the Scot statue in NYC. Surely they could have found Americans to memorialize! I have never been a Shelley fan.

Victoria said...

I am so late in commenting but this just made me laugh out loud. This is a poem for poets, for sure, Brian.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Plus if you are a statue, the birds poop on your head. Not good.

Jackie Jordan said...

Sometimes metaphors are unexcapable. An interesting piece you wrote here. I had a little time today, so I wrote some 55 word stories, deleted - not just yet!

Magpie said...

Well, well...what picture does this one paint? Too funny, Brian. Being a statue is over-rated anyway...all that bird poop.

Grace said...

This gave me the chuckles...and nice avatar change Brian :-)

Brian Miller said...

thanks...just got the stills today from the last performance i did at the event for foster care and adoption...this one is my fav of them...its actually the performance of the poem about the boy ODing in my car...i added a sung chorus to the end worked out really cool....

Teresa said...

Love this! Sounds like fun times in NYC. I don't think I'd want to be a statue either.

G-Man said...

The best laid plans of 55's...
Gang aft aglay!!!
Loved your post Son, it's about time!
Thanks for playing, thanks for not crapping for real, and have a Have a Kick Ass Week-End

Vodka Mom said...

okay, so I AM five years old- cause I laughed when you said crap.



I have finally joined them.



lol

Manicddaily said...

Ha! This is very funny. I am still laughing. K.

(PS - just don't act it out in Central Park!)

Ravenblack said...

Funny. :) No I wouldn't want to be frozen in that position either. Definitely not this metaphor!

Margaret said...

Men and their reading material while .... well, you know.

This is so funny! Thanks for the laugh.

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

I've never seen the statue but from your description, it sounds like an odd sort of memorial.

Other Mary said...

Heheh - poet poops! Love it!

Apryl Gonzales Sweet said...

*sigh* this makes me want to visit, such passion in your words. I'm booking flights ;)

PattiKen said...

Ha ha. Funny one, Brian. So what say you about Rodin's Thinker? Constipation?

P.S. I love Central Park.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

I'm going to have to look that statue up!

Alice Audrey said...

I love the image of poetry like pants. :)

oceangirl said...

hehe never knew you could be funny :)

Maggie May said...

That was funny! Wasn't expecting that!

Happy Easter.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

anthonynorth said...

Love that last bit. Only it doesn't apply to you.

Valerie said...

I wish you could have got a photograph of Burns. You'd better get that statue started now while you still have a say in how you look. Oh I forgot, you don't want a statue. Oh well!

Madhulika said...

hehehe... nice one..
Even i dont want to be made a statue :)

Dave King said...

I think that is a very reasonable position to adopt.

Goofball said...

aaah Robert Burns


hmmm the uncultured me was thinking of Mr Burns from the Simpsons :D

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Hee hee, I like this one!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hey, I never saw this statue. Has it been there a while? Love the line about poems round his ankles, like pants. Perfect. Drugs always enhance creativity, "they" say. And like your new profile pic!

sheila said...

ha, funny stuff. I don't want a statue made of me either cuz that would mean I am famous, and you know how I feel about that (smiles) Shelley wrote one of my fav poems, Mutability. Sounds like a fun trip to the big apple. Sorry, it's been awhile since I've stopped by here. been busy, busy.

moondustwriter said...

Yeh a statue just discolors
Like your new Avatar Bri

Happiest of Easter to the Miller Family

Glenn Buttkus said...

Robert Burns, the poet of defecation--
now I've read it all. Wonderful 55, sir,
full of more responses to NYC, and
the Miller perspective is unique.

Your statue will be you riding
a fountain pen, waving your hat
like Slim Pickens in Strangelove,
scarf flying, wild eyes, bomber
jacket; it'll be cool. I'll get started
right away.

Blue Flute said...

Lol you seemed a bit too interested in the opium.... hmm...

Wander said...

If I twer leave this
dump
would the view be more
pleasant
a sight to see
had they not captured this
visage
in stone, bronze or concrete
indeed
that would be fine enough by me


Chris McQueeney


Thank you for the fun one Brian!

Wander

adeeyoyo said...

Poor Robbie Burns would have turned in his grave... Wonder who was responsible for the statue. Pity about Shelley.

Lydia said...

Ha! But if you had a statue fashioned after your new portrait pic then that would be quite a great statue!

Ed Pilolla said...

hahaha!:)

Syd said...

Shelley was an interesting fellow. His wife also. What a time all those brilliant poets and writers had. Maybe a bit of opium helped them to get the muse out.

Lisa Golden said...

Not just smiles - laughs!