Saturday, September 15, 2012

Poetics: popping silk & other simple complexiTIES

a couple lizards, Lynchburg, VA

i married this morning,
much like yesterday,
as on the first day
we met

at the altar, of us

a vow on each waking breath
(5Thousand9Hundred&fifty-eight to be exact)
in case this one's my last;

a parachute
slowing the descent
so we land
together---

which all makes me
want to go back to bed,

sleep, dream
of lions stalking gazelles
in tall sun bleached grass
& ice cream trucks

tinkling their cranKorgan music
as they make their rounds
& when the window man asks,
i'll say,

'waffle cone'

eat its dripping mess,
with great diligence, fingers sticky
i scratch the great cat
behind the ears

at least until he pounces
like the crunch of my cone
in contentment, just to wake up
look across the expanse
of our pillows
and know

today
i will marry
once more
  

Over at dVerse today, Fred takes the pub for the first time --- so he is talking about first times--- go figure. Anyway, whether its your first time or hundredth, come join us for Poetics @ 3 pm EST.

87 comments:

Mary said...

One

Claudia said...

nice..starts with a tender voice and then you go a bit crazy in tone...the ice cream truck, dripping mess, fingers sticky, scratching the cat...ha...love it

manicddaily said...

Super sweet poem from marriage to waffle cone. Lovely quirky flow here. K.

Pauline said...

a love poem worth repeating

Barbara said...

Hi Brian!
I chose a good day to visit....such a lovely poem based on firsts; continuing love, or should I say renewing love each morning of your life.
Hope you've been well, sorry I haven't been commenting as much, but I'm reading you!

the walking man said...

It's the longest honeymoon i have ever heard of. Keep it off the internet unless of course you want your own reality show.

I put the NR Submission even on fb this morning. Ready for more?

Grace said...

how lovely to read these sweet words of contentment first thing in the morning ~ You have captured the real essence of commitment, a decision to stay and marry the person, each and every day ~

Happy first day Brian ~

Mary said...

Brian, I love the words 'a vow on each waking breath.' Wonderful kind of love that is! I'm a fan of waffle cones too....but eat them in air conditioning (or winter) when they don't become a dripping mess. LOL.

DJan said...

What a romantic you are! I love this love poem.

Daniel said...

Let love explode, ...., and continue to explode again and again. Good stuff.

Monkey Man said...

romantic,sexy...perfect.

have a great day ...sounds like it started off well ;)

Gloria said...

absolutely lovely Brian what nice and really true sometimes im happy when I see people like you and T
blessings and happy day:)

kaykuala said...

Of marriage,contentment, waffle cones and all. It's nice to dream again of good times. Nicely Brian!

Hank

hedgewitch said...

I love this one--the ice cream, the great cat, the marrying again, and the counting of breaths. And a great idea for a prompt from Fred, one of my favorite poets. See you at the pub.

Pat Hatt said...

Scratching the cat
Sure that was liked at your mat
Of course with the pounce
Just likes to bounce
And surely got sticky
Kind of tricky
But such a treat
As you go oh so sweet

Laurie Kolp said...

So romantic that each time is like the first... and sounds like a great start to your day. Have a good one!

Simone said...

How do you do it? How do you come up with words that remind me so much of a piano player who's fingers dance across the keys? Your gift is amazing!!

ladyfi said...

So very beautiful!

Mrsupole said...

Congrats on marrying T every day. You are so romantic and both of you are very blessed. You are also teaching the boys how to treat their future bride. So wonderful!!

God bless.

Eva Gallant said...

I like the concept of renewing your vows daily.

Helen said...

It's not easy ... you've figured it all out! This poem is sexy good, not so easy to pull off in the AM!!

Unknown Mami said...

Making wives all over the world swoon...

Alice Audrey said...

I already had the pillow grin. Now I want the waffle cone.

Sue said...

I read this and am quite convinced that every woman should be loved by a poet. At least once.

;)

Daydreamertoo said...

Re-newing your love/vows/marriage every day can't be a bad thing at all. Love needs to be worked at to keep the flames alive, as I know, being the romantic you are, you are all too aware.
Lovely :)

annell said...

You have stolen my heart this time!!!

Fred Rutherford said...

Great take on the prompt Brian. Love the phrasings in here, makes for some really neat lines and a really cool tone throughout. Love the images you used, symbolism personified

FrankandMary said...

Eating at home can be a very good thing. ~Mary

Susan Daniels said...

Brian, you totally smoked this...loved every word. Can't pick one thing I liked more than any of it--it all works, so tenderly, so crazily you...

Natasha Head said...

always a frolic to be found at the WayStation...fun but still touchingly romantic...some will read and hug their better half's...and some will eat ice cream...chocolate please ;)

Goofball said...

happy anniversary yesterday!
happy anniversary today!
happy anniversary tomorrow!

jen revved said...

Moving and strong poem, Brian! xxxj

John (@bookdreamer) said...

I sniff allegory ... crunching cones and scratching cats...in case the kids come in

Serena said...

Ohhhhh... you made me cry! This was so beautiful... I love the waffle cone... It was so unique and unexpected and it meshed beautifully.

hollyannegetspoetic said...

Sensual... lots of my favourite things here, ice cream, big cats, sleep mornings... er, lizards? Ok! Only you, Brian, could make lizards romantic and sensual. And I salute you for that!

Victoria said...

Each day--a wonderful new "first time!"

RMP said...

a lovely first to revisit. I'm certain today is just as sweet and intoxicating as the first as will the next 5958.

Glenn Buttkus said...

eating a illusory waffle cone in bed, and dragging the dream lion in too, could def complicate the morning. My wife is married to a poet, but is less excited about it than 20 yrs. ago. Like the lines/ dream/of lions stalking gazelles/in tall sun-bleached grass/ and love the sentiment.

EKSwitaj said...

The opening is so plain-spoken yet strange that it kind of prepares the way for the rest. (Also: I love lizards.)

Myrna R. said...

It's wonderful to renew vows daily. And those waffle cones do sweeten the union don't they?

Mama Zen said...

"at the altar, of us"

Gorgeous.

Joyce Lansky said...

Interesting.

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Lisa Golden said...

These poems can make this very unswoony type person swoon. Well done, you.

Semaphore said...

You have in this, of course, perfected the love poem, with each word and turn as perfect as the crunch of a waffle cone.

Cloudia said...

the lizard brain clicks and bobs with delight



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pandamoniumcat said...

Beautiful quirky love poem. It's those personal quirky moments that remind us how important we are to each other. Very Romantic.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh this is breathtakingly beautiful, Brian. SO nice to know there are men like you in the world! LOVE. IT!

Steve E said...

Positively, awesomely, beautifully spiritual, Brian. And with SO much love.

And--having met you and she, I know that every word here is from a VERY big heart. SHE is lucky, as are also YOU. ('Lucky' here is meant God's smile!)
PEACE!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Love is always messy.

darkangelwrites said...

I guess your message is that you decide anew every morning. Very sweet.

Ravenblack said...

Beautiful, the slow wanderings of the words leading to dreamy images of ice cream and cats. :) The commitment to love is subtle, ingrain and dedicated in feeling. Wonderful to read. :)

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Charmingly romantic.

Valerie said...

You have started my day in a happy mood and I thank you. You have an abundance of romance and I love that you share it.

poemsofhateandhope.com said...

Capturing that feeling felt when you first married and reliving it day after day....I know this feeling, and feel so lucky to be able to feel it day in day out too.....love is awesome isn't it? Great stuff as usual Brian- agree with claudia though- loving the craziness in this- but then love is crazy!

kkkkaty said...

You keep reminding me of something I felt a long time ago !^%#*/ Really, I'm fine with it..just giving you a bad time...you do have a way with words..

montygrant said...

Charming, crazy, wild, romantic, fun, brilliant!

montygrant said...

charming, crazy, fun, romantic, brilliant!

Dave King said...

This time you've excelled yourself. I found this a wow of a read. For me it has everything - well, what it doesn't have, doesn't matter!

uneven steven said...

love the use of at the altar, of us
and
parachute slowing the descent wo wwe land together

touching and interesting poem:-)

Nilanjana Bose said...

So romantic and so touching, each day a first time.. totally charmed by it..

Syd said...

Every day is a kind of renewal of love. I haven't counted the breaths but know that there are many past. I hope for more in the future.

adan said...

beautiful, some things really are the first time each time we do them ;-)

Marbles in My Pocket said...

One of our greatest blessings (we often choose not to exercise it) is that we get to start fresh each day.
Nice write, Brian!

Sabio Lantz said...

It was fun dropping into your fun dream

JANU said...

Lucky you...lucky wife.God Bless your family.

mrs mediocrity said...

love this, the notion that we marry to each other over and over again every day, such truth.
great mix of sentiment and mystery in this one... just like love.

jane hewey said...

~~~parachuting into a dream. wonderful. i felt the fur on my hand stuck to ice cream mess. for me, this reads as a (real life) love poem :)

Anna Montgomery said...

Simply perfect. Yummy!

Olivia said...

uffff!!

Well, marry everyday I say :)
Everyday shall be the 1st day, in that particular day's order...

(not) the 1st Hugs xoxo

Kavita said...

Love makes you wonder at times, is it even REAL?! :)

Oooohh.. I like that ice cream bit... made me drool kinda :).. so visual!

And the picture - whheeww! Brian, you are just tooooo good!

"(5Thousand9Hundred&fifty-eight to be exact)" -- umm... seriously>?! :)

Olivia said...

Hey Brian, please do check now. The link is connecting me fine. maybe I was updating the post when you came by!

libithina said...

dreamy waffle cones and ice cream trucks dipping sticky fingers stroking cat's necks - Haha *smiles* almost like a chant - delectable delight Brian - on first sight andd now for the second helping :)) hope all is well know you're alright for ice creeam :) x x Lib (put in my first day agin)

Tina said...

Sigh. You two must be A's. I have a marriage theory that all married couples fall into three categories. A's are the rarest. Maybe I'll post about it...but you're a lucky man...and she's one lucky lady...
Tina @ Life is Good

Polly said...

Ace ~ love it

Behind the Smile said...

Celebration of marriage/love and I find myself remembering experiences of Kenya in your telling of gazelles and wide expanses,large cats. Brilliant. Thank you.

Lydia said...

A love poem for the ages. I love this, and would imagine it made your wife cry from the fullness of it all.

Sheila said...

Not sure why my minds in the gutter with this one. I like how it's sugar coated with sweet innocence. Love is grand, I agree

turtlememoir said...

if we're lucky, there's never just the once... love the title, especially "simple complexiTIES"

Umesh Rao said...

This was a wonderful poem Brian. Enjoyed the love oozing out in all the verses , especially the ice cream truck had me daydreaming :)

Chris Lawrence said...

All things Happy put in a love blender and comes out brilliant

sreeja harikrishnan said...

This is perfect...sweet and so well written poem.....

Pat said...

Ah...so beautiful, so romantic.

Tara Miller said...

I love the sweetness in your words my love. You make me want to crawl back into bed.....with you....all day.....

Magpie said...

Oh, one definition of "to marry"...
to unite intimately. A wonderful way to start each day.

Rebecca S. said...

Marrying every day...the only way to do it. Not easy, each and every day, but necessary.
Sweet poem! Liked when you stoked the lion's mane with sticky fingers.

Hilary said...

What a tender sentiment. I think you are probably the most romantic man on the face of the blogiverse. ;)

Wendy said...

Lovely!