Tuesday, September 25, 2012

OpenLinkNight: The game of game

Through the windshield, Lynchburg, VA

Guy Fieri, of triple D fame,
Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, on tv
stands behind a chef, prepping veg for soup

a little orange, a little green
for color, flavor, eye a-pealing

clack, clack, clacking the knife edge smacks
the cutting board with machine gun precision

'oh no, when you cook a turtle, leave it in its shell
to get all the goodness'

soft laughter, they banter about spice in the water,
proper texture, slip the top, release steam & shuck the home
right off its back with a wet sChLuCK

exposing everything in an ignored eviction
notice kinda way, returning home to find
neighbors plundering your stuff, curbed on the street

'oh this is yours?'

'you don't want it back, do you?'

as your tooth brush slides into their jacket pocket---
they're cutting again, only this time to commercial,
and wouldn't you know it's political, promises
only a vote will bring

some metaphors don't need explaining with experience
a common language between beings,
does a tree falling in the wilderness make a sound
with no witness? or if they are there, yet choose
to keep silent?

no, one question remains,
who to blame---the knife or the hand that wields it
or is it the witless turtle, farm bred
for consumption---a well cooked meal,
just got to find someone to fix it
'want to turn this off and play a game?'

'sure, which one?'

'dunno, MONOPOLY or LIFE ?'

'we could just go to bed'

'ok'

we leave a light on, descend the stairs
and best we can----play the game
of game

It is OpenLinkNight once again at dVerse Poets - bring your verse and come join the poetic party. Doors open at 3 PM EST.

'The game of game' is a phrase from a Nikki Giovanni poem I read a while back that stuck with me.

116 comments:

Shadow said...

never quite looked at watching tv this way... nice going, Brian!

Heather said...

love it!

Mrsupole said...

I love watching him visit all those Triple D places. Wish I had one in my area that I knew about. They seem to have the most amazing dishes at these places.

I just don't think I could eat turtle meat, oh heck, when we were kids and they would take us way down into Mexico we had turtle tacos and turtle soup but they would not tell us until we got older that we ate it (Even though it was on the signs). Not sure if I could do it now.

And yes, all things done in the name of politics and money suck. I promise to not get started about all the lies and thievery except to say that one must have a forked tongue to go into that business. Promises made, never kept, no one knows who's fault it is. And the bigger it gets the more it tries to control everything and everyone. But then we just get twice as many lies and triple the thievery. Everyone is to blame and no one accepts the blame. You say so much but I would wish so much that people losing their houses would end. And you are correct, the vultures sweep in and more thievery occurs. So sad, so sad, some day we will have nothing left for any of them to take.

And I'm just saying that ascend might be better in that spot. But then you might have descended somewhere on purpose.

God bless.

the walking man said...

I can be anything without complaint but the turtle. That poor bastard never even got a vote.

Dave King said...

Enjoyed this so much, but equally glad I didn't read it before my long weekend - even though I didn't have the turtle soup!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Oh, poor little turtle.

Valerie said...

I'm not too keen on trying turtle meat and I'm definitely off politics ... upstairs or downstairs!!!

G-Man said...

Turtle has 7 different flavors of meat on it!
And now a word from our sponser...

Mary said...

I will be skipping Turtle Soup, and don't usually watch Diners, Drive-ins & Dives! But, hey, check out the show Pawn Shop Stars on the History Channel. (It's addicting.)

Daniel said...

I think you made the wise choice on this one. Oh, and I would pass on the turtle soup.

Grace said...

I haven't tried turtle soup, but there are all kinds of reality entertainmnet on tv to keep you amused, not politics. I blame not the knife nor the turtle but the hand that wields it (there is the choice) ~

Happy day Brian ~

Brian Miller said...

amen grace...smiles.

and mrsu...descending, as our bedroom is downstairs now, but also the descent that happens in the game of game...smiles.

kaykuala said...

Turtle meat or soup, I heard of but could only imagine! Politics on TV or on the outside are now very hot. That too I hear of! There should be lots of news to keep us company the way it's going! Nicely Brian!

Hank

Grandmother said...

Not big on the eating of turtles or other fellow creatures and the explicit images you describe reinforce that! So I blame the hand that wields the knife- same in politics.

Pat Hatt said...

Realty TV is not for me
I see that and I flee
But yeah beat some bs rant for a vote
Rather watch a two headed goat
Or play the game of game
That works all the same

Tabor said...

Just a quick stop-by to let you know the bird you asked about is a bare-eyed pigeon. I think it is somewhat endangered on the island although not on other islands.

izzy said...

I get the soup, turtle- (have cooked them)they have the knife in common.
And then he/chef is homeless ?
I think a period would help.
And yes a tree falling makes a sound and vibration! The silent witness would jump!
There is no blame, just choice/s...
I am glad the TV got turned off!
Interesting flow of scenario/s :)

Suz said...

I just couldn't get past the cooking the turtle line...sorry
I have cared for and loved too many turtles to read on

DJan said...

Awww. Poor little turtle. Cooked alive in the shell? I also had difficulty following the metaphors. Your commenters helped me out. :-)

joanna said...

"exposing everything in an ignored eviction notice kinda way..." ---nice. there is so much in this piece, brian; "Monopoly or Life?" sums it up perfectly.

John Allen Richter said...

"Schluck" would be the perfect description of what the sound of ripping a turle shell away from its body must be, though I hope never to hear it personally. I tend to prefer eating faster animals!

All in all though a perfect description of a perfectly boring day watching the tele.... I think I would end up choosing the game of game, though, given the choices.... Well written Brian...

Gloria said...

Thanks God really I never could cook a turtle OMY and Esperanza Kill me Im sure she is veggie and she told me sometimes love more animals than people and I feel is true!!
I dont look so much TV smiles like you say dear Brian:)

Alex said...

turtle soup.. =)

Claudia said...

smiles..i like how you go from cooking to being exposed to politics to making choices to the intimate parts of life...descending..and serving..and maybe that's what sums it up so perfectly..

Bossy Betty said...

The complex jangling of life--I vote for bed too....

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Oh, hey there, Brian! I hope you have been doing well. How's the job, etc? My husband loves Guy. I may, too, after reading this poem. Watching him will never be the same. You find such cool meaning in everything.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

I saw that Triple D episode...poor turtle...don't think I could eat it...it IS without doubt THE HAND holding the knife...love the way you used it...ugh to anything/everything politics....

Alice Audrey said...

This is one of many reasons why I no longer watch TV

Mrsupole said...

Hi Brian,

I wondered if maybe the bedroom was downstairs but didn't want to ask outright. Thought I did a good way of asking without actually asking. Bedrooms are a nice place to be. I love how you two are so much in love.

God bless.

Tara Miller said...

Nice take on the TV world today....so many channels and still nothing on! I prefer Guy and the cooking shows to the other televised options!

....And....I do love playing games with ya but I think we need a new one (that I can actually beat you in!!!) :)

Susan said...

If only TV were the real world or at least had no matching world beyond it; if only--don't get me started! It's not great to stay in one position for a whole life nor a whole evening. Turn it off or up, there's a dear.

mrs mediocrity said...

Ah, life and its never-ending game of game...

Funny, just this past weekend I discovered a tiny (50-cent piece size) snapping turtle crawling across my driveway. I rescued him and took him to a nearby pond.

My SIL said, "What, no turtle soup?"

Great write, as always!

JANU said...

I don't know about the TV programme or the turtle meat you are talking about. I liked the sleeping part a lot...LOL

Magpie said...

Yuck...glad I missed this episode of Triple D. Game of game...hmm..pondering all that could mean.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

It's definitely a game. Day in, day out.

Glenn Buttkus said...

Who but a pensive poet would watch a cooking show and find the parallels in life that constitute the environment of victimization, violence, and tears; good show, sir. Liked the line /who to blame--the knife or the hand that wields it/.

Daydreamertoo said...

This covers a lot of ground. It's funny how we go ewwww...at eating some things, (turtle in this case) but not at others. I eat very little meat. Maybe a tiny bit of chicken once in a very blue moon but, I do smile at Chloe who loves steak, beef, and turkey but won't even think of lamb, pork, rabbit, and deer and such. I tell her, if we had to turn cannibal to survive, she'd be fine, I, on the other hand, would rather starve..lol.
Your toothbrush slides into their pocket... Yikes. Very effective!

Heather said...

i added green! :) lmk what u think

Eric (Bubba) Alder said...

You're right on point with this one, Brian. It's the real deal. It's money, man. Nice job.

Wolfsrosebud said...

oh ya... I can see the kitchen in an up-roar... great show

emmett wheatfall said...

Turtle soup--clack, clack, clack, sounds like a great place to try something new...Ha! Love this piece Brian.

Kimolisa said...

Great piece, loved the intro and how it pulled you in. Poor turtle.

jackie dick said...

Well, sure, you got me thinking again, Dang! Could never look another turtle in the eye, if I ate one. Never, for that one. Love the Triple D...as for viewing telly...it'll come to this eventually: "supernova headed our way, but first a word from our sponsor" Thought-provoking write, Brian...but then..what else?

Laurie Kolp said...

Play the game of game... yup, that's so true... can't wait for elections to be over.

Susan Daniels said...

Ugh. TV and its casual cruelty. Reminds me of the time I heard a chef tell everyone lobsters do not feel pain the way the rest of us do. How would that chef know, having never been a lobster?

Jenny Herner said...

Delightful!

anthonynorth said...

That's quite an episode. Nice one.

jane hewey said...

this is quite a clever commentary. I especially love your reference to games. and turtles. won't be long and we'll be talking about the holidays. hangin' in! nice write, Brian.

Rene Foran said...

How this slice of life cuts deep into the marrow.
Well done, Brian.

RD said...

hey B...sorry for the being gone so long...hope all is well

knives don't cut, people do...but the white hot light of the stage surely blinds those unable to see the darkness of the lights....souls - sold - on sale - America Idle - sad really

Nat Geo even bums me out sometimes

stay cool mt friend

♕ of ☮

Myrna R. said...

This one is sharper than the knife that cuts the turtle. (So sad. I don't eat meat.)

I love how you weave in so many things that have an emotional significance for most of us - food, butchery and cooking, eating, TV and silence. Then you bring in politics and the emotions rise. At least mine did.

signed...bkm said...

always love your clear view of life ..straightforward and real...forget the turtle meat..i have gone vegan...bkm

ayala said...

Even though I tend to be adventurous in trying new dishes, I would pass on turtle soup. I saw a similar show with Andrew Zimmern...Love the write and the game of game :)

Annmarie Pipa said...

gave up tv long ago, sometimes I watch news, but it is really political commentary and just reminds me why I gave it up, my kids said I should be on chopped because i would win, yet I would have no idea how to cook a turtle.

libithina said...

some metaphors don't need explaining with experience' yep, can imagine the colorful language getting bandied :) bet them knives were 'sparking' then - loves me soup - not too sure of turtle though *.* heehe don't how you do it brian - love to you and the family xxx lib

humbird said...

TV..when people observe themselves, but think ...this is not about them.... they are better...
It is cool to get on the top of the second ones, and observe how they observe others and think they are different....and so on...Actually this is who writers are...advantage?-maybe clearer view...something to ponder about ( thanks, Brain) are we first or second, or all 3 in same time?!...lol

liv2write2day said...

I wonder what Guy would think if he knew about the incredible metaphoric poem you've created out of that episode. Brilliant.

vivinfrance said...

I love your quirky take on life!

Beachanny said...

Reminded me of the Beatles "Day in the Life"..I suppose because it two pieces both derive their lines from television shows and current events. Both are very cutting edge, and highly personal yet when viewed from a distance are at the same time universal. What we all experience through any media becomes a shared experience and memory. You kindly included us in your life here. Waaaaay coooool!!

Steve E said...

I like that "game-of-game" thing. Although I don't play games--not any more....(sigh!).

Brian, you always are "ON", Sir. It's not that you win which counts. It is by how large a score!

Jenna said...

I love watching Guy and Triple D. Great attention getter at the beginning and ending. Thanks for the journey. :)

John (@bookdreamer) said...

Well it's real life food. If not willing to prepare why be willing to eat?

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

"we leave a light on, descend the stairs
and best we can----play the game
of game"


Hi! Brian...
Once again, Thanks, for your very thought-provoking poetic words as you look[ed] at the [ultimate]...Game-Of-Game[s]

[Note:
"Guy Fieri, of triple D fame,
Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, on tv"
]

Guy Fieri,once or twice shared my link because his feed came up on my News-paper.li...lol]
deedee :)

RMP said...

I shivered at the sound of turtles departure from shell...

nice verse!

Alexandra said...

I'll never look at turtles the same...just sayin'...

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

Oh my goodness - that IS an eviction for sure! Poor turtle - loved the tree falling lines - perfect! K

Ginny Brannan said...

Hmmm...wonder, does it taste like chicken--like so many other things--rabbit and gator to name two I've tried? Turtle, not quite sure if I'd try that one, think I'll stick to Mock Turtle myself!
Quite the interesting integration in this, from triple-D to politics right up to and including the game of "Life", which this is really all about. An occasional player or background change, but the game plays on. Your writing always draws us in and keeps us reading. Well done, Brian.

Chasing Tao said...

I've only seen about 5 minutes of Guy Fieri but from what I've seen you've nailed it Brian! A very nice and refreshing change of pace writing! Kudos! Roger ☺

Joanne Elliott said...

Great stuff! Love how you move from one show to the other, how it all oddly fits together just like incidents in our lives.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Again, fun read... Ur awesome Sir Brian!..

JJRod'z

C Rose said...

Our consumption of this dummied entertainment has certainly given way to quite to void dwelling. Your perspective of this is wonderfully articulated. Send love and peace, glad you liked my superhero, thank you always =) ~ Rose

Bauke Kamstra (@wyrde) said...

"...some metaphors don't need explaining..."

I don't know all the references here, but they don't need explaining. I very much liked this piece.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love your trip around the tv. It all seems to be diconnected connection.

Rachel Hoyt said...

Due to my love of turtles, I could not concentrate on your words after the scene of sliding the turtle out of his shell (after cooking him) got in my head... :(

Vivid descriptions. :)

colleen said...

So many layers here. Good question about the knife or the hand.

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

Living is a lot like both games, why can't it just be like uno :) Good work Brain

The Empress said...

Whenever I stop here, and see your efforts, daily: trying everything, experimenting, adding, turning into words what we feel in our hearts, I think:

Writers write.

It's what we do.

Every day.

Nice, B.

Anna Montgomery said...

I do not want to be the turtle, the knife, or the hand that wields it :). As for reality TV, it's why I broke my TV antenna in 2001. I can't say I miss it.

hollyannegetspoetic said...

Not so much "Turtle Power!" then? Wonder what they taste of... Actually, no, maybe not. :)

Annette said...

Who to blame indeed...

Hudson Howl said...

An evening at Brian's. To think just moments ago I did't know who Brain was. Now I know him a little more. Good 'shtufffs', you.

manicddaily said...

Lovely close esp. The game of game. I'm afraid Life and Monopoly are one game for some! k.

Serena said...

I love how you took me into your life, into this moment like a snapshot, through the threshold of Triple D... You're so open and what you write is so unexpected... a thrill and delight to read every time.

Arron Shilling said...


I love a good phrase . . . they can spawn an entire world or pop back into your mind at just the right time . . . like they where waiting or gathering notional momentum enough to roll out a poem
song or play . . .

this is the joy of it!
the cross pollination of words and ideas -

hold the turtle dude!

i'm a Vegan
now a toroise i could
do

with cheese!

exposing everything
in an ignored eviction


cheers brian

Bodhirose said...

Yes, it's all a game of games...just how do we choose to play...a little TV...commentary on politics... I couldn't watch the eviction of a turtle and then hear banter on how to spice his "meat." Oh, that saddens me...as much as do politicians...argh!

Pastor Sharon said...

Wow! You still have it! And it continues to leave me "wordless"!

I'm back. Stop by if you'd like. I am glad to be back. Come see what kept me away and what has brought me forward to this moment!

God, I have missed you!

Steve King said...

Yikes! Quite a turn, from turtle soup to evictions to politics...I guess all circuits were flashing! A game would be a welcome respite. Nice writing.

Anonymous said...

games and kids and turtles! You are the ultimate dad ;)! Great at poetry too...lucky family. gardenlilie.com

Nilanjana Bose said...

some metaphors don't need explaining with experience....spot on...I love reading your verse!

Polly said...

An awesomely onomatopoeic poem Brian

my heart's love songs said...

turtles may not be the cutest animals, but i don't want to try turtle soup or frogs legs or bunny rabbits or deer... oh, dear! now you've got me thinking about it, lambs are cute and baby cows... some people keep pigs as pets...

i'm grateful i don't live on a farm where i have to see how the chicken gets to the table!

you've put me off on a tangent now, Brian! {smile} i hope you enjoyed "the game."

Fred Rutherford said...

very cool. Love the way you used the food, and the processes of building a meal, which as it's own is poetic in the way you offered it, but where it gets very neat is how this metaphor is presented, and then all the other ideas etc…are ingredients to the recipe you're building yourself. Super strong in so many ways. Awesome read. Thanks

kkkkaty said...

Ha..I am so impressed with the messages..and how it all comes together..how do you do it??!

James Rainsford said...

Very apposite Brian, given the games people are currently playing.

festivalking said...

Lovely piece Mr Brian Miller! I look forward to next week! :)

God bless!

marousia said...

What a stunner - I love the way you have woven so many ideas together

newsrealpoetry said...

Love your use of onomatopoeia - especially "sChLucK"!

Other Mary said...

Some metaphors don't need explaining.... With politicians I always thought it was our goose that was cooked, but the turtle works even better. Excellent write Brian!

Natasha Head said...

My hubby and daughter love Triple D...me...I get to write poetry without hassle when they're watching...so good for me. You took me right into my own livingroom...I wake up for those commercials and try to engage in conversation...they just look at me and discuss what they'll be cooking over the weekend...and yes...game of game...I think I know the poem..

Raven said...

This is spectacular. You eviserate (sp?) words and ideas as they and yet they make so much sense. You mix pain and joy and that also makes sense. Even when life may not.

Hm, turtle-soup picture - painful.

Mystic_Mom said...

You my friend have a beautiful mind and a wonderful way of crafting poetry!

Evelyn Adams said...

there are lots of great lines here, but I hesitate to say I dont get it. I mean I think you are trying to show life as a game?
"no, one question remains,
who to blame---the knife or the hand that wields it"
great line and I love the comma play...

Uneven Stephen said...

Dang, poor turtles. I love the double meaning at the beginning with "a-pealing". There is a lot to take in here, Brian - kinda like a hearty stew. Great write.

beckykilsby said...

Even if I'm not familiar with all your refs, got a real kick out of the sounds - especially around the chopping board :) Nice shape to this piece.. what a great phrase to end with. Love how those phrases we remember get another life if we use them!

flaubert said...

I am always so late getting here, Brian. I really can't add anything that hasn't already been said. Well, except this a great comparison between turtles and politics, did anybody say that yet?

Pamela

Eva Gallant said...

I'm a big fan of Guy and have visited a couple of his dives...and have not been disappointed!

Olivia said...

MONOPOLY or LIFE ?
Of course...

does a tree falling in the wilderness make a sound
with no witness? or if they are there, yet choose
to keep silent?
They made enough noise, how else did you know... n now making all of us hear the same noise!

Impeccable as always
Hugs xoxo

Olivia said...

MONOPOLY or LIFE ?
Of course...

does a tree falling in the wilderness make a sound
with no witness? or if they are there, yet choose
to keep silent?
They made enough noise, how else did you know... n now making all of us hear the same noise!

Impeccable as always
Hugs xoxo

poemsofhateandhope.com said...

Loads to think about in this one. The turtle evicted from his shell for entertainment, playing the game of life- the game of games- how things are JUST things and can't be taken with you, just like that poor damn turtle....thought provoking or sure

^.^ said...

Of course, I'm waay at the back with my comment ... "cook the turtle in the shell" caught my attention ... when I was little, my folks and I where travelling all over Europe a lot ... we never had money ... so we eating "anything" ... including roadkill ... Hedgehogs, deer, horsemeat ... you name it ... we ate it ... which brings me back to the turtle ... Hedgehogs are cooked whole as well ... on a spear over an open fire ... yummy, if you have nothing ...

Lisa Golden said...

I adore all these references to pop culture and politics. The dialog.

You make poetry something I look forward to. I can't say that about many poets.

Chris Lawrence said...

This is so complete in feel and rhythm that i read it a few times love it

Dana Dampier said...

I like to watch Guy sometimes. He's pretty interesting! I'd rather be doing other things though. I've never though about writing a poem about watching t.v.,but I love it!

Beth Winter said...

an ignored eviction notice kinda way... wow, you never cease to amaze me. Excellent

kickoutthejams said...

The empty shell and then the empty shill of politicians on the tv! Great piece of work again Brian.

Syd said...

We ate in a BBQ dive today. Pretty good stuff. Grilled catfish and veggies were good. Nothing like a real diner.