Sunday, September 23, 2012

the space between---

Cole


Post football. Post shower. Post lunch. We find each other
on the couch, and not because there is nothing to do, there
always is something else, but this is where we make right angles,
boneless fish prepped for the evening meal and later,

riding in the car, you'll tell me, next year, you'd rather play
soccer, for no particular reason other than preference & i
remind you, no matter what---

but for now, we share a pillow, television on, sun striping
the room & your still damp hair tickles my nose---our
hands glance, you grip my thumb then curl into my chest
like a knuckle, the briefest moment, of all our yesterdays
& tomorrows---

a pause in the flipbook, paper corner caught on a fingerprint
leaving little cuts, unfelt until your are long past

'you sure you don't want to do anything?'

'nah'

'ok'

& we settle comfortably in the space between stars

72 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

First First
Hank and Mary are worst

Daniel said...

Nice little shared moment. Those are just so wonderful, aren't they?

Pat Hatt said...

The best moments can come from nothing at all
As long as reality tv isn't on at your hall
That would just be a disgrace haha
And it is alway nicer many a time to move at a slower pace

rosaria williams said...

Best moments.

Tabor said...

You have amazing eyes on your heart!

Mrsupole said...

Lol at Pat. It is a good thing Gloria isn't awake so early.

Just saying, naps are good. I keep wondering why so many people do not know this, even though I only discovered them a few years ago. So nice to see the both of you always being so close. Enjoy!

God bless.

SueAnn Lommler said...

Those kind of times are so special...savor each second!!
Hugs
SUeAnn

kaykuala said...

Shared best moments
Are not that common
Glad it happens here
For what we hold dear

Hank

Magpie said...

These are the moments we remember.

Anyes said...

Those are the important moments and I see you know how to treasure them :-)

Unknown Mami said...

Oh for cryin' out loud! Quit making me emotional!!!

Anne said...

The grand and the glorious don't come frequently and are brief at best. It's the every day that lasts and sustains us through every day. Nicely said Brian!

Olivia said...

What a beautiful "doing nothing" moment. At times, nothing is more than just nothing, well! I had a similar afternoon, all by self though... doing just about nothing...

Many hugs xoxo
wishing you a beautiful Sunday.

Laurie Kolp said...

Such a cherished moment... I can feel the love.

I'm sure he'll change his mind again (b/t football & soccer) several times before next fall. = )

Daydreamertoo said...

Precious moments your boy will never forget that he (they) were so well loved by their dad.
Precious.

hedgewitch said...

It's good to be able to appreciate the times that matter as they come, not just in retrospect...thanks for sharing this one, bri--esp like the knuckle image.

Claudia said...

love how you describe the moment...so precious..so much warmth..somehow they stay forever curled in our chests..even when grown up..

Raven said...

Such a beautiful moment, that I felt it!

ayala said...

An awesome moment with your son, love it.

Gail said...

What a beautiful sad reminder of how quickly they grow and precious each second is.

Betsy Brock said...

aw, you made me cry! He's at one of my favorite ages for boys...soak it in and remember...I know you are!

manicddaily said...

Lovely lovely. k.

Grandmother said...

Sweet space between stars- good for you for making room.

Leovi said...

It really is a touching poem. Greetings.

Eva Gallant said...

I love that; encourage soccer. I worry about football and concussions!

Geraldine said...

Ahhhh...I love it! What a great dad you are.

Happy Week Brian, G

Hillbilly Duhn said...

Those moments I will remember forever as well.

Thought to let you know I'm writing again... If'n you wanted to stop by. :)

Mary said...

What a special moment, Brian! Treasure it. Write about it. Savor it.

(As for Pat.....you beat me...I concede...)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Just being together is good enough. :)

happygirl said...

Just being, on a Sunday. That's the good stuff.

Grace said...

A tender sweet write Brian ~ I love those moments specially curling into the chest like a knuckle ~

farmlady said...

I had almost forgotton about these moments with my sons... but the small, quiet moments with my grandsons and your poem bring it all back.
Thanks...

Gloria said...

I love when we dont make nothing special is lovely!!
LOL I love Cole:)

Annmarie Pipa said...

we could all use a few MORE unscheduled moments.

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Archna Sharma said...

So lovely, the way sacred love is shared "in the space between the stars"-I love that. :)

Enjoy the closeness, just the way a father and son should be. Love the pause and the moment caught.

JANU said...

A cute moment of bonding.

PattiKen said...

One of those shared moments you'll always cherish. I'm glad to see that you had your poetic camera at the ready.

Sheila said...

makes me want to cry because I am in that same stage of parenthood. What are we going to do when they are gone? :(

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

"the space between---"

"but for now, we share a pillow, television on, sun striping
the room & your still damp hair tickles my nose-
--our
hands glance, you grip my thumb then curl into my chest
like a knuckle, the briefest moment, of all our yesterdays
& tomorrows---"


Hi! Brian...
What a very "human" moment..."between" [a] father and [a] son...
Feeling shared "between" [a] father and [a]son...through your very descriptive, poetic words.

[Thanks,for sharing the picture Of your son Cole,in his foot-ball uniform.]
deedee :)

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Thanks for sharing a lovely shared moment in verse.

Shadow said...

warm and cosy place you have there...

Valerie said...

'& we settle comfortably in the space between stars'

Perfect last line to a perfect moment.

Where's the tissues.... my eyes are moist.

Susan Deborah said...

"we settle comfortably in the space between stars "

The loveliest lines I have read in a long time.

Love those moments where nothing happens yet many things happen.

Joy always,
Susan

Lorraine said...

A perfect moment and how you deserve it :)

Lolamouse said...

Those little moments are the best. And they will remember them the most.

Dianne said...

What a pleasure to read your writing again. Good to see your boys through your eyes.

These are the moments we cannot memorialize when we are gone, or have lost a parent....but you have.

Write on, Dude!
Thank you for your welcoming comment,
Dianne

Myrna R. said...

This is so tender Brian. I can relate to it so much after spending a few days with my grandson. Those little moments when we need to do nothing is when our hearts meld.

ladyfi said...

OH, how tender this is! Wonderful.

Stephanie said...

...those are the best moments:)

Katherine Krige said...

Love those little moments that don't require words...
:)

LadyCat said...

The quiet, simple moments can be the best. Cute pic in his uniform.

Tara Miller said...

Special moments and memories made. Sometimes the actions we think are small mean so much to their little hearts. I love this....tender indeed.

Lyn said...

"Unfelt until you are long past"...Trust me, those are the good times! lucky you...

SaraV said...

Oh sweetness! That is the absolute best nothing to do. Love those moments where there's no self consciousness, just that little part of yourself and you, sitting in the stars :-) A precious piece. Really enjoyed this.

Anna Montgomery said...

What sang right to my heart in this piece is the space you give him: to decide, to love, to simply be. It is a sacred gift.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Cole is a very handsome football player.

And I love how you capture life's little moments so perfectly.

Cheers, jj

Friko said...

Oh Brian! You and your kids are truly lucky.

missing moments said...

This is a beautiful moment of father/son love. Wonderfully expressed Brian!

Anonymous said...

Oh,where are those moments now?
Great memory! Congrats..Well done.
seasideauthor no write today.
Just got back. So refreshing!

Ella said...

This was intimate and special~
I love the closeness n' the moment of between-it is where true magic lives! ;D

Heather said...

the sweetest...it's the little moments when we live in the present that bring us joy! i can feel the joy here!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Nice. I adore those sorts of moments with my kids.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

this is a warm and fabulous moment in time!

Yousei Hime said...

Very tender. Makes me miss my boys very much. Thank you for sharing and sparking feeling and memory. :)

Alice Audrey said...

Boneless fish prepping for the meal gives me entirely the wrong idea, I suspect. Such a lazy fish, flopping around like that.

The Empress said...

BIG HOT TEARS of that time that slips out of your hands, no matter how hard you grip.

Like trying to catch water.

magiceye said...

Love this! The imagery is palpable!

zongrik said...

i like the relation ship with ur son

ashok said...

enjoyed breezing thro your blog !

Goofball said...

nothing better than the sofa after sports

Syd said...

Treasure those times. I wish that my dad had taken such an interest.