Sunday, October 28, 2012

signals at the end

peg board in the gym @ a local re-purposed school
The crunch of gravel,
signals the weekend
over

& we
are home

a mass of feathers pepper
the drive, like scatter shot
or some modern painting

a nest,
once resting in the cherry tree
crook, lays on it's side
in the dirt

my black & white
cat, crosses the yard, rubs my leg
to let me know i was missed

or perhaps, i am next
if i keep leaving him
outside

i kneel, stroke the spot
behind his ears & we discuss
senseless violence & lack of profit
in farming whirled peas

until he's had enough
& saunters away, knowing nature
will have her way
regardless


It was a good weekend. Cole played in the County championship football game yesterday. They lost 24-20 in a very tight game. They blew a couple opportunities to take this game, but he came away happy with a second place medal. Worked around the house.

Writing just to write.

76 comments:

kaykuala said...

No.#1

Hank

Laurie Kolp said...

Am I second?

Laurie Kolp said...

Hehe... love your special moment with your cat. You know who's boss!

Claudia said...

smiles...i like that you can discuss with your cat...see..they seem to understand more than we think they would..i like the sense of pausing, breathing, stretching into the everyday moments that are so small but matter so much..wishing you a lovely sunday..

Heather said...

Thinking of you and your family today! stay safe! Ill be moving all the furniture inside today! yes, no power and wind scare me, too! woke up to windows slamming..don't like it. stay safe

Gloria said...

My dogs are like your cat OMY when arrive of any part they dont let me breath and sometimes I cannot enter because the three on the door LOL
Nice poem, hope all you be OK always and have a nice day with Family Brian.

I dont know what happens with blogger I cant comment in MY BLOG LOL

Janice said...

I like to commune with my cat, too. She knows it all.

Anne said...

When I talk to my kitty Fang, she talks back to me in meows. I've never had a cat do that before. She missed me in the same way as my dog did when I was away.

Writing just for the sake of writing brings out some good poems Brian.

Sue said...

I think my boys always learned as much from losing as winning.

Loved this "nature" poem.

;)

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah when I went away
Both were at me at my bay
Attention seeking all the time
Meowing with a happy chime
The cat talks back too
Cassie gives a whoopdi friggin doo
And yard work is blah I say
But don't want weeds at your bay

Secret Agent Woman said...

It always twists my stomach to find the remains of a songbird.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

So sad that i cannot have pets. They bother my poor nose...
Love this post tho...

JJRod'z

Hilary said...

Second place is good for the kidlet.. not so good for the birds.

Pastor Sharon said...

Cats have to have the last say. LOL Love it.

Congrats on the tight game. The score looks like it must have been an exciting one.

Heaven said...

That's a nice conversation with the cat, as senseless violence abounds everywhere. Nature's wrath is coming near here too ~

And second place medal is not bad ~ I wish you Happy Sunday ~

Mama Zen said...

Love the "farming whirled peas!"

Eva Gallant said...

You gotta' watch those cats!

Congrats on your sons medal. Fun!

Daniel said...

Ah, the long sought goal of whirled peas. (smiles) Blessings to you. Author. Author.

Friko said...

Domestic idyll, peaceful and down to earth, yet full of drama.

The cat moment is the most telling.

flaubert said...

Cats are very intelligent creatures, aren't they Brian? I always love how you can put me in the scene with your writing.

Pamela

Other Mary said...

Sounds like a very good weekend. I have cats that live outdoors too (husband is allergic to them) so I know this poem in my bones. Well done as always Brian, and thanks for your unfailing blog visits. Peace.

RMP said...

poor tweety birds....lucky pussy-cat....

I imagine your feline quite enjoyed the chat, but I'd wager it was more the scratching behind the ears.

sheila said...

knowing nature will have her way regardless...how true that is. Are you guys in danger with Sandy hitting this week? Be safe. Praying for all.

Myrna R. said...

I hardly ever writ just to write lately. Yet, for years I used to. I have tons of notebooks full of my useless thoughts. But it was fun. Glad you write and share.

I talk to my dogs. I love that they never disagree with me.

Sorry Cole's team lost. But it sounds like they played hard. There's still a little bit of weekend left. Enjoy.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

We have two very snooty cats who completely rule the roost but are always glad to see us!

Sounds like you've had a good family weekend.

CJ x

Mary said...

Sorry abouut the poor birds despite the happy cat. Seems like the cat was quite busy while you were away! But good that you had an intelligent discussion when you returned home.

adan said...

ha, pretty good ;-) all our lofty thoughts, but kitty's got it down with nature, but we're part of nature too, so our efforts are just as valid, ie, your son's second place winnings, not bad..not bad....

ds said...

I have always found cats to be excellent listeners...congrats to Cole--2nd place is wonderful
"writing just to write" is what it's all about, isn't it.

Be safe.

Jenny said...

Bet Cole had a fun time, even if his team did not win.Congrats to him on 2nd place!! "Writing just to write", isn't that what most of us do?Hope you were able to enjoy the weekend..FIL, still progressing?

Daydreamertoo said...

My dog and I have some very important chats between us at times too and yes, he sulks if I leave him by himself for too long. They do sulk, don't they. Sad about the nest but, nature does what it does.
Glad Cole enjoyed the game. :)

Brian Miller said...

jenny,

he is doing well....came through his check up good...next one is first week in december...and as far as he will tell us, he is doing ok...

thanks for asking...

b

Lord Thomas of Wellington said...

I converse with our three cats mostly in the morning as I sit on my throne! Great poem. Have a great week, Brian! I always enjoy when you stop in to say hi! :)

Goat said...

Writing just to write. It is like that isn't it. Circling the day until you spot the intersection where it will begin. The question is more where do I begin than what shall I write….

Not that the what part isn't important--HAH. LIke this one.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Always sad when the weekends are over, but it sounds like a nice one.

rosaria williams said...

Trying to talk some sense to that cat, eh?

Anonymous said...

Sounds good. Oh the gravel, bird nest and cherry tree, and Sunday nights. I always hate Sunday nights.gardenlili.com

CiCi said...

Every day is like a weekend for me now, and I appreciate them all. I like the picture of the group of dads and the end of the weekend. Funny how cats think they rule.

Little Ms Blogger said...

The perfect weekend is a mix where I feel productive and have fun.

sage said...

Nice, but with the title I was expecting an end of the world poem, or maybe a whimper

hedgewitch said...

Missed this earlier, bri. Writing just to write is often the best kind--and this has a particularly philosophical Sunday bent that pleases. Did the cat get the nest, did the wind do it, or was it all a fortuitous collaboration of natural partnership...have a safe day tomorrow amidst the stormage.

Rebecca S. said...

Excellent. Loved that, Brian!

Sh@s said...

Vivid lines. Its interesting how we connect with our pets and they seem to understand us at times better than humans.

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

"signals at the end..."
Hi! Brian...
Thanks, for sharing the image and I like to read your poems...When you write just to write...Great imagery,and very descriptive too!

[I'm happy that you and your family enjoyed your week-end too! The kitty cat was up to...]
deedee :)

Susan said...

What can I say? We do live with killers and we love them and we're glad they love us. Wouldn't rub just anyone in that pleasure zone behind the ears!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Good one! I especially liked:
"or perhaps, i am next
if i keep leaving him
outside" Haha!

Jack said...

Third stanza was crazy good...such different things converging to be alike, based on perspective.

Lorraine said...

Love it you should always write just to write, that's why sometimes I need to have a life just so I can write. ;) Congrats to your son, 2e place rocks

SueAnn Lommler said...

Nest on it's side on the ground and cat in the yard!! Hmmmm,....one has to wonder for sure! Ha!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Bing Yap said...

second place medal is not bad at all. that means they did their best and their best was good enough to land them second. ;)

why do weekends end so quick?

Dave King said...

Wisdom, poetry and humour in one package. What more can we ask for?

kaykuala said...

Brian,
I'm with you on this. Relieved to hear your FIL is doing fine. This is the time they needed us most. Trying times but ok. Am in a similar situation relating to my MIL. A lot of patience is called for. MY loving wife, Shadah and the helper both get the brunt of it. Lesser on me, but still! Yes, trying times but it's ok!

Hank

christopher said...

Win or lose those are great weekend experiences and usually very busy as well.

I like the way you signaled the weekend being over and the change of pace with the crunch of gravel and greeting by your cat.

JANU said...

I do this often too...discussing with my cat. :-)a silent, listener.

the walking man said...

Can't hate a cat for being a cat.

Poet Laundry said...

"The crunch of gravel" is, strangely perhaps, a favorite sound of mine, so that drew me right in. I like this simple moment winding down the weekend with a leisurely breath--and the cat-titude!

Stephanie said...

Oh it sounds like one of those weekends you just wish would last a little longer:)

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Hi, Brian. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you while the storm approaches. Please stay safe. xoxo

Valerie said...

Isn't it lovely how we can talk to the animals, and who is better off, them or us ... us with our emotional hangups or emotion free like them?

Alice Audrey said...

Yep. I'm convinced that if I were to suddenly shrink to the size of a mouse, my cats would eat me.

ND Mitchell said...

Liked the way you managed to defeat the end of the weekend by preserving the moment for us. Really nice one.

Tara Miller said...

hee hee...I like the talk you had with Domino. What a murderous scene and the guilty party with his full belly and look of satisfaction. Gotta love cats!

Lolamouse said...

I think your cat is telling you something, Brian! Thanks for all of your recent comments.

ladyfi said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend - well, apart from the poor birds losing their home.

Annmarie Pipa said...

my daughter wants a kitten.
football is over for us too...I am very ok with that.

Loredana Donovan said...

What an interesting conversation you had with your cat. I have a feeling the birds escaped him though, leaving a few feathers behind. Thank you ffor commenting on both of my poems. Stay safe. Lights are flickering, and the wind is blowing strong in NY. A poem is percolating ... (smiles :)

Ravenblack said...

I think cats are like us, but calmer versions. Dual nature of being real killers yet can be sweet and thoughtful at times.

Hope Sandy isn't wrecking too much of your surrounds. Checking in to see you writing and so am glad. Stay safe.

Li said...

Cats are wonderful that way...my dog was always under the bed during a storm, while my cat sat in the window patting at the raindrops and occasionally looking bored. :-) Glad it was a good weekend!

Cloudia said...

Smart cat, socializes, but doesn't get anxious about our all too human nonsense!



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Me said...

"writing just to write".

It doesn't get better. :)

Margie said...

I have a cat that always snuggles up to me, every night, she's a black and white too!

So nice to be here reading you, again... smiles :)

Second place is a good accomplishment!
Congrats to your son!

Mona said...

awwww, the poor birds. Reminds me that nature is just not lakes and mountains, but is also red in tooth and claws!

Fred Rutherford said...

Cat's are great like that, they'll hang out all lovingly, but then when they have enough they'll hop along, saunter is such a good word here. Great how you tied the piece together. Very nicely done.

Online High School Diploma said...

I love Persian cats .

ayala said...

Nice conversation with the cat...Happy for Cole !

Lyn said...

Couldn't be truer...cats win, get away with a lot, the eyes have it...

Syd said...

Sounds good. Cole must be happy with that placement. Lots of wildlife here and all cats indoors. But the bobcats mean serious business for all concerned.