Sunday, August 19, 2012

Magpie Tales: London Bridge, un-fallen

Under Windsor Bridge by Adolphe Valette (via Magpie Tales)

he's nervous---his first game
the grass is green

sun bright, all the white lines
head straight, uniform fresh out the plastic,
helmet polished

he's not the best on his team & knows
he must earn his position
& prove himself

'dad, i'm going to be sick'

'well, here's what i want you to do---
first play, tackle your guy, put him on his back
and as you lay on top, look him in the eye
then let it loose, filling his helmet

i guarantee he will run away
from you the rest of the day'

his eyes scope, wide then tight
trying to find london bridge un-fallen,
not time to be a man
yet

i laugh, say
'come on'

head behind the girl's bathroom
& he does

hot & wet
as i rub his back

written for Magpie Tales.

91 comments:

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

amazing dad you are... love it!

JJRod'z

insanebloom said...

ohhh!! nice one! :)

Paige + Shauna said...

wonderful! never would have thunk this, brian.

Claudia said...

haha..you're an awesome dad... bet he played well..smiles

DJan said...

You are the best dad. Poor kid, I remember well having to perform and knowing I wasn't very good...

Daydreamertoo said...

Oh dear... a fit of nerves and a great dad to rub his back as he puked. Awww...I hope he got over the nerves and played a blinding game. :)

Paula Wooters said...

And the Best Dad Ever award goes to.... Brian Miller!

Bring it!

Wander said...

I like the idea, but...you got a nice kid ;-)

Daniel said...

Man, this is one of those moments where you earn your chow. Love it.

Tess Kincaid said...

I love the notion of your suggestion...nice slice of father-son-ness...

flaubert said...

Brian, your poems always put me in the moment. Thanks for that. Football is a tough game. I wonder sometimes how those young men do it.

Pamela
p.s. the "good news", I am very curious.

kaykuala said...

It's a partnership, Brian! Sustained through life and your boy will always treasure. Words of encouragement however said is half the battle won.

Hank

Betsy Brock said...

Awww.

Unknown Mami said...

Aww, I know that feeling of wanting to throw up.

Laurie Kolp said...

Aww... I love this, Brian.

hedgewitch said...

Pressure--it's everywhere, and you can't wonder that it can make you sick--but having someone to care and crack wise makes all the difference in the world.

Geraldine said...

I agree, an amazing dad you are!!!

I had a good start to my day...inbox full of treats and so many good posts I've visited already. It's gonna be a great week for all of us, I can feel it!

Happy one to you Brian.

http://www.takeahappybreak.com/2012/08/word-of-week-focus.html

PattiKen said...

You are a good dad. The look you described that came over his face after the advice is a look I love. You can see the quandry. "That's my dad; he wouldn't lie to me. But, really?" I still manage to get that look from my kids occasionally, but it's much harder now.

She Writes said...

Ohhhhh, what a good dad you are :-).

Kathe W. said...

great story-great Father you are!
Amazing where this iamge took all of us!

Kathe W. said...

I meant image-oops

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

"dad, i'm going to be sick'
'well, here's what i want you to do---first play, tackle your guy, put him on his back and as you lay on top, look him in the eye
then let it loose, filling his helmet..."


Hi! Brian...
Great [fatherly,]advice for a [nervous] son...
Tks, for sharing...
Under Windsor Bridge by Adolphe Valette (via Magpie Tales)
deedee :)

Gloria said...

You are so nice an awesome Dad the best of al you can feel when they are scared lol:)

zongrik said...

you're not just an amazing dag, you LOVE being a dad!!


under windsor bridge senryu

cloudia charters said...

Slice of life I value, as I missed it myself, Bri



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Tabor said...

How on earth do single mom's do it? Bless their hearts and praise Big Brothers.

Helen said...

A candid glimpse into the life and times of Brian the Dad! Love this.

CiCi said...

Poor guy. Next time he can fill someone's helmet. Yuck.

Cat or Dog said...

Fill his helmet? Man Bri--that's brutal. Couldn't he just spit in his eye or something?

Lucky boy. Good Dad

Rene Foran said...

Aww this just tugs at my heart.

Mary said...

Love reading this special father-son moment! You teach him so many good lessons.

Mama Zen said...

That is the best football advice ever! I love this, Brian!

Linda said...

Being able to guide your son through the foggy days of childhood, by helping him build those bridges for successful interactions is a privledge, a joy and something you obviously rock at Brian. Your poetic renderings rock too. Thank you for sharing, these moments.

Lyn said...

So that's the way to play the game! Kid's lucky to have this dad, plus wide open poetry..yes, lucky!!

Pat Hatt said...

Knock him down
Run across town
Just to avoid
Being all paranoid
Great advice
Could say it twice
And a rhyme
With your chime

Ravenblack said...

Nicely captured moment. Thanks for sharing. I love the message, it lends courage facing adversity, and without the macho "be a man" thing that often is said and does not quite help. Such a great demonstration of lessons taught through strength and love.

Eva Gallant said...

He's lucky to have such a good Dad.

ipenka said...

Wow, such a good dad. Having that support alone will make him play better than most.

Lydia said...

This is wonderful, and I just cannot believe that you pulled it from the prompted image. You are remarkable, Brian.

(Look at me, catching up on some blog reading on a sunny Sunday afternoon! It's about time....)

adan said...

oh man, these are the days, believe me when i tell you, these are them man ;-)

farmlady said...

You are something quite unique in a father, Brian. If nothing else your son will grow up with a sense of humor, knowing that it's OK to be scared and always.. having a "wingman" for a dad.
Wonderful words.

Annmarie Pipa said...

I think this is why the men are the coaches.

myheartslovesongs.com said...

i think you're a better father than poet and you're a brilliant poet!

Irish Gumbo said...

Heh. Good one. Dad is a clever man.

flipside records said...

This is precious! Tackle the guy and then puke on him. Rubbing your boy's back while he bends over behind the bathroom. You are such a good, quick-thinking daddy. :)

Anyes said...

It's all about being there for your son. He is a lucky little fellow, to have a dad like you Brian :-)

Pranita said...

Aww.. That's such an adorable piece you have for us this time Brian! Lovely...
Cheers!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Fill his helmet? Ewwwwww!!
Fun piece...did he play well?
Hugs
SueAnn

Fred Rutherford said...

very cool. The advice cracks me up, just not what I would've expected, but love it nonetheless, and the ending, that right there is perfect, love that detail of compassionate parenting there. Great read Brian.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

What imaginative advice. Love it.

sonny said...

is there anything that you cannot write poetry about ???

nice !

Leovi said...

Definitely a surprising approach which you have given to this poem.

Valerie said...

Oh the anxieties of growing up. You definitely know all the right moves with regard to your boys.

Dave King said...

Ah, I really enjoyed this one. Could imagine myself there - and not doing as well! A cracker!

sreeja harikrishnan said...

enjoyed...you always bring in unexpected things......

izzy said...

Vengeance is thine! nerves are a b--
for kids...

gautami tripathy said...

What a dad!

:D

dregs

Tara Miller said...

I'm sure he's eyes were huge with disbelief after you told him that! Glad his nerves are much better now and he enjoys tackling.

^.^ said...

Having been a sports nut kid and a sports nut mom ... I can can relate every word you wrote, B ... kisses for the little tikes ... and bless you, dad :)

the walking man said...

a boy has to do what a boy has to do!

Alice Audrey said...

LOL!!! Oh, you are cruel.

Monkey Man said...

this tugged my heart strings. to see a dad and son with a good relationship...sigh :)

have a great day

Okie said...

lol...that's awesome. :)

Little Nell said...

Nicely drawn word picture of a son sick with nerves and a Dad who's there for him.

Grace said...

I hope he got over the fright and played the best he can ~

Nice story Brian ~ Missed reading your writings ~

Goofball said...

nice

Goofball said...

nice

Jyoti Mishra said...

wow..
i was smiling all the way :)
u are a lovely dad..

Sue said...

Awww. Poor guy.

Mine used to get nervous before games too, but he tended to manifest that from the..er...cough cough...other end.

;)

Friko said...

did you frighten him with your first advice?

Steve E said...

Guess it's like the 'first' of anything, from first step...to the first LAST step.

After those first few tackles, he'll be tackling everybody, well, maybe he'll try Big Daddy...I can picture this whole scene.

Heck i was there for the rehearsal--I mean PRACTICE! Should have stayed for the game.

Story of my life! NOT! Hope the kids and YOU have a good season.

Susie Clevenger said...

I love this...trying to find London bridge un-fallen. A very unique take on the prompt, and way to be there for him dad!

ayala said...

You are an awesome dad :)

manicddaily said...

Oh dear! Poor kid! My daughters, especially one, played lots of sports, but didn't feel as much pressure as certain friends that were boys I think.

Lovely piece. k.

missing moments said...

What a lucky son to have you as a father. Wonderful vision and words.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Oh what a sweet story! I think your son is a very lucky boy! Sorry I have not been commenting. I am working again and have gotten far behind on reading my favorite blogs. I see you are working again? I hope all is going well, Brian!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Awwww, I like hearing about your real life like this. :)

Margaret said...

Awe. What an awesome dad you are. There is PLENTY of time for him to be a man. ;)

kj said...

whoa brian, this is some story; the ending is so, well...sweet and pragmatic. it was a turn that surprised me: watching a father help his son.

after reading your comments, i had to read it again to understand what is so obviously such a wonderful part of who you are: a good Dad.

thanks for your comment to my blog. i hope i may begin to come here more often.

xoxo
kj

Karen S. said...

Sweet words from a loving daddy! Very nice read!

Helena said...

Hey, Pops...you're cool!

Susan said...

"his eyes scope, wide then tight
trying to find london bridge un-fallen,
not time to be a man
yet

i laugh, say
'come on'"

I can see his need, looking around the field for a supportive soul, a place to puke, and you save yourself just in time by letting him be a scared little kid for another big moment. Thank you Dad. Now, get out of my way, I've got a game to play.

The Bug said...

I wonder what the other guy would have done if your son had followed through on your suggestion? Ha!

jabblog said...

That will remain in his memory for ever and help him every time he is nervous - nice one:-)

Christine said...

I know a hockey goalie that throws up before each game, he was eight at the time, but a darn good one

˙·٠•●❤Sh@KiR@ ❤●•٠·˙ said...

Brian, I could not believe that you will advise your son to do that!Lol. Poor chap. Hope he did well and you are as always, an AWESOME dad.
Mine is here
Have you a ROCKING AND WEEK!!!
hugs
shakira

Magpie said...

Oh, I hope the jitters passed and he did at least get to end up enjoying the game. That's some pretty unique, out-of-the box kind of advice to give him. :)
PS: I forgot to say yesterday...that's it's okay not to want to be like everyone else. :)

FrankandMary said...

Your sons' future possibilities are all the greater because they have such a great dad. ~Mary

ps my bf used to write a will before a big boat race. he usu won.

Sheila said...

aw, poor guy...

Tumblewords: said...

A wonderfully tender and thoughtful story!

Zuzana said...

So is this inspired by the London Bridge is falling Down nursery rhyme.;))
I always love to read about that bond between you and your boys.;)
Have a great Friday dear Brian,
xoxo