Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Roll(ing) over Beethoven, its a love thang

Logan

Chuck Berry wails "C'est la vie,"
say the old folks, "It goes to show you never can tell"

& he snaps, thumb to finger, across the table
a snake in his seat, of constant movement, the beat
ahold his soul, his ears - his eyes

though are on the computer - coffee cup
off to the side, hot chocolate & he

periodically talks, 'Did you know...'
LEGO-thisNthat& Lord of the RIngs,

his current obsessions & later we will read
together, but for now i connect his freckles
in a universal dot2dot-draw hearts
at STOP sign intersections, TAP the hammer
soft on the keg spike to drink the moment

'spell Arwyn,' Google, discuss pretty elven women
& things you find only behind book covers-or reside inside.
Chucks retired, replaced by Blues

we dance across wood tables, staring over screens
til they are gone, all the people too, just us
& we laugh as he blows into his empty cup,
cheeks puffing out BigBang expanding---
Louis Armstrong, smacks the table, says

bring chuck back, bring chuck & blow
it like its hot
"C'est' la vie..." phone rings,
'You coming home anytime soon? '
"...you never can tell"
yeah, sing it boy...'well, maybe.
soon.'

written for Poetry Jam.

71 comments:

Lorraine said...

you make smile, or cry, or fear for you, but you are surrounded by love always, you'll come through and your children (very very cute) will grow up in your image, and the world will be better for it...

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

"C'est' la vie..." phone rings,
'You coming home anytime soon? '
"...you never can tell"
yeah, sing it boy...'well, maybe.
soon.'


Bonjour ! Brian...
Merci, for sharing [the photograph Of Logan...a handsome lad] and a moment [shared] between you and your son Logan, through your [very descriptive]poetic words.

deedee :)

DJan said...

Glad to know that was chocolate and not a double latte. This kid is wired enough as it is! :-)

Daniel said...

Sweet moment brother. Sweet.

Pat Hatt said...

haha wow on the go
With the music flow
Jumping here and there
All lego-ed out at your lair
Or maybe not
As lego this or that is a whole friggin lot

Grace said...

I like how you captured the moments between you and your sons, in this case Logan. Drink and savor it ---these kids grow up so quickly ~

Happy day Brian ~

farawayinthesunshine said...

Enjoy his freckles and hug him tight...they grow so so fast :-)

JANU said...

Wonderful moment with your sons...always endearing.

Claudia said...

awww..you should see me smile...beautifully captured moment... esp. loved...
but for now i connect his freckles
in a universal dot2dot-draw hearts
at STOP sign intersections, TAP the hammer
soft on the keg spike to drink the moment...

...and i'm so missing my kids now...

Mary said...

Nice capture of LOVE, Brian. Nothing better than the time between parent and child spent enjoying those ordinary times that mean so much!

Jenny said...

Very heart warming....love the way you capture moments ...enjoy them all Brian......kids grow up Too fast.

Suz said...

ah fatherhood....you do it so well

Anne said...

Everything about this is good Brian-the title, the word play, the imagery and the meaning. Your son is a cute one he is and you are a wonderful father. You make the world in all it's horror feel normal and sane-thank you.

Helen said...

I would repeat any and all of those fine moments ~~ in a flash!

Annmarie Pipa said...

savored moments...little things really aren't little!

Monkey said...

a good father...more precious than gold :)

kaykuala said...

It's nice to share quality time with the kids. Not many are able to. A little time is all there is but it registers a lot to memory. Nicely Brian!

Hank

Gloria said...

Love this and love Logan LOL

SaraV said...

Brian, we were both in a dancing mood for this prompt! However, yours is so touching, I could feel my heart expanding, how you expressed the tenderness and closeness that you clearly have with your son.
Absolutely loved this. :-)

Myrna R. said...

I love the pictures of your boys. (Forgot to comment about Cole's picture in a previous post.) They are so cute. And I know how your heart melts at their chatter, growth and potential. Thanks for the glimpse of the special moment. The tenderness of it comes through and I connect with it, as I experience similar moments with my grandson.

lori mcclure said...

Sweet little eyes peering over his hot chocolate. I can feel you drinking in the moments with your precious ones. Don't ever stop. And lady elves are exceptionally beautiful now that you mention it :)

Susan said...

"we dance across wood tables, staring over screens
til they are gone, all the people too, just us
& we laugh as he blows into his empty cup,
cheeks puffing out BigBang expanding---
Louis Armstrong . . ."

I laugh too for joy that allusion upon allusion, made real by research, teach and frame and seep into worlds without end, amen.


Please be well and safe, my friend, inside too where last week's experience rebounds. Double check the signs so you can truly relax most of the guard (as, by this poem, it seems you do). Holding you and yours in the Light (Quaker prayer).

Alice Audrey said...

I remember those days, back when the kids were a lot younger and their friends didn't give them rides.

Daydreamertoo said...

Awww.... love the pic.
I love how YOU love Brian.

Vicki Lane said...

Sounds like a fun time was had by all.

hedgewitch said...

Life is rich in work and play, in people who love you, and in art, words, music--and kids know what it's worth instinctively I think, through really feeling it, living it. You capture that here. Keep tapping into that keg, bri. It's where the good stuff is.

Tara Miller said...

Love it! Special moments imprinted in your mind and on your heart...and his as well.

I love our boys' freckles..

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Treasure every bit of moments like this!

Loredana Donovan said...

Love "for now I connect his freckles" I don't know why but in your whole poem, that's the single most meaningful line that spoke to me ... smiles :)

Jessica Lynn Lang said...

Just beautiful. Love is right in front of us in every moment--if we choose to see it.

Magpie said...

What a moment in time! I love that song and I can just feel it right now. These are those moments I referred to a while back when you were wondering about not enough for "things"...THIS is what is important!

ayala said...

Wonderful moments and he is so cute :)

RD said...

you make me miss my Pop even more...and that's ok...make the days count B...stay out a little longer...listen and observe a little deeper...each moment is destiny perfected

Peace

ND Mitchell said...

Great moments and observations Brian. A really enjoyable read!

Cheryl said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful snapshot of time spent with your beautiful boy.

Leovi said...

I think a fine tribute to this legendary rock'n'roll song.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

So beautiful to be so in the moment and enjoying that moment with your son!

Gail said...

"TAP the hammer
soft on the keg spike to drink the moment" LOVE IT!

The more I read your creations the more I realize how truly talented you are.

You never diappoint.

Ash said...

Sooo lovely!!!

Lady Nyo said...

Brian, grab them tight and hold on....they will break away soon enough. This goes straight to this mother's mournful heart.

Lady Nyo

Sue said...

Sounds much like the relationship my son has with his own son. I loved reading this.

=)

Laurie Kolp said...

Such an endearing piece... and what a cutie-pie. I especially like:

his current obsessions & later we will read
together, but for now i connect his freckles
in a universal dot2dot-draw hearts
at STOP sign intersections, TAP the hammer
soft on the keg spike to drink the moment

Chantel said...

It's quite astonishing how they, with our hearts entwined about their unknowing fingers, make it all....make everything worth while, isn't it?

Teri M said...

I have mini panic attacks all the time when I realize how quickly they are growing up!! These sweet moments sneak us and punch us in the gut!

Mama Zen said...

This made me smile so much! Perfect!

Betsy Brock said...

aw...so sweet. Soak in every moment...they are grown SO fast. :)

She Writes said...

I am glad for Logan you write the moments down of you and him :).

She Writes said...

I am glad for Logan you write the moments down of you and him :).

my heart's love songs said...

i love the tenderness in this, Brian! a truly wonderful take on the prompt!

thank you for joining in at Poetry Jam!

kj said...

'i connect his freckles'

--my favorite line

brian, you can write about your boys until the cows come home and i will savor every word. i love how much you love your children. you are a good man.

love
kj

Dolly@Soulstops said...

what a special moment captured with your son...big smiles...thanks for letting us peek in, Brian :)

mywordwall said...

What a lovely, precious moment with your son.

~Imelda

Charlotte said...

Sweet. Love the Chuck Berry and Satchmo references - you're blowing my tune there.
And your kid is adorable!
Z.

Chris Lawrence said...

A wonderful piece as you embrace the life and world you and Logan share and told so visually enjoy the rest the rest of week all of you

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Ah...nothing is as sweet as family time. Not even chocolate!

Valerie said...

Brian, I love the way you describe what you see and feel.... and love.

ladyfi said...

Ah - such a tender description!

Paula Wooters said...

What delights you share with your children, Brian! The young and older "boys" thoughts are intertwined so effectively here... I could feel the dance!

adan said...

such an involvement with the boy, and the picture really sets the whole thing into a deep perspective, nice piece brian ;-)

sreeja harikrishnan said...

oh my... totally enjoyed. I respect you and your kids are really lucky...
how little moments turn out to be so fantastic through words...

SueAnn Lommler said...

Joyous and sweet and full of rhythm.
What a special moment.
Hugs
SueAnn

Raven said...

Those sweet, sweet days spellbound within the eyes of your own little one. Now go on home. ;)

A Cuban In London said...

Yeah, sing it, man, and sing it loud! :-) Many thanks. I thoroughly enjoyed that. By the way, the little buggers shoot up very quickly these days, so enjoy those freckles while you can! (dad of a fourteen- and an eleven year old)

Greetings from London.

Geraldine said...

Lorraine said it all. So lovely to see this kind of family bonds. :<)

Dana Dampier said...

I love those moments when we can get one on one time with our kids... getting to know them as they grow and change.

Tina said...

Love me some Legos...soon they'll find Blockland and Mine Craft and the Legos will gather dust on shelves and under beds as they switch reality for virtual and you can't un-glue them without a lot of effort. Time flies. Glad you were able to capture such a great moment. My kids hate my music, so IF we were playing Legos (which I love) we'd be listening to Numa Numa...and they know all the words in Romanian...
Tina @ Life is Good
http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

Margaret said...

... current obsessions... yes, and they want to tell us all about them - and it is fun to hear their passion, their dreams. Yes, these are the best years of our lives (I keep saying that over and over as I do laundry, dishes and chauffeur them everywhere :)

Mary Mansfield said...

Such a great depiction of a random moment with your son. I completely relate to the rapidly changing list of current obsessions, my 11 year old's interests are constantly changing (and Lord help me, it's politics of all things now!) Certainly a memory worth cherishing, sometimes those small moments are truly our best times. Wonderful job with this, Brian!

Steve E said...

Another scintillating slice of life
I could as well be there or here...
feel the same astonishment at
your seeming untroubled work
routine.

Writing life one moment at a time.
Marvelous, Brian!
(Im trying to catch up here, man.)

Hilary said...

I love when you include the kidlets. Teenage weddings aside. ;) (yeah, that song is running through my head now)

Syd said...

Good song, Brian. And a nice moment with your boy.