Thursday, November 8, 2012

55/FFA - a home at the oddball table/steaming mirrors

picture by SueAnn

i always check the oddball table
at the bookstore, ones
without a place.

i relate ---
never knowing what
i'll find.

tonight it's 'Hot guys
with baby animals'

a picture book;
cuddly fur
on bare chests.

'my cat would kill me,'
i say, an older lady
peeking around shelves
chortles

& we both
walk away,
lighter.

Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go see g-man.

Over at dVerse Poets today we are writing Than Bauk, which is a lot harder than it looks, but here is what I got:

Steaming mirrors

warm bath water
grows ever cold
finger wrinkles

ripples ~ texture
together, rise               (drips)
pitter~patter

pools under our
feet, observant
it's her, i dry


95 comments:

CiCi said...

I cannot walk past a table of books, no matter where it is. I have found some treasures over the years, and keep them close during each move. I have a special shelf for the treasures.

manicddaily said...

Love this. Really terrific. What a book. I am still laughing. I'm so glad that you were sensitive to the poor cat. k.

Laurie Kolp said...

I like those tables, too... hard to pass up a good deal, especially on books!

Claudia said...

smiles...relating to those that don't fit in the "decent" categories....yet looking at it with a fresh eye and question what is to question...i like

Pat Hatt said...

hahaha oh the cat
Would surely scratch Pat
He'd have no arm
Such a book would be cause for alarm

Gail said...

I laughed out loud! Great write.
You paint a wonderful picture with your words. I have never been disappointed when I visit.

farawayinthesunshine said...

...we both walk away lighter...I love when this happens :-)

Stranger said...

Funny! I love the people at book stores who comment aloud on what they're reading. I love this 55 too.

hedgewitch said...

Hmmm, I can see the appeal of that book...I'm actually off to the Used Book Store myself today, so will keep an eye out for it. Though sometimes I think the oddball table is outside, not inside, and maybe not even a table. Loved the 55, brian. I need to work on mine so thanks for the reminder.

farmlady said...

Wonderful!! It's always so hard to leave those "bargain" books alone.

kaykuala said...

The bargain counter
Is not even on offer
It's more of a giveaway
If one cares to saunter
Along at leisure
Such a pleasure!

Hank

Magpie said...

Ha Ha! Had to laugh out loud at this one. I can so relate. We have a "sex" section at the bookstore where I work that we have pretty much given up on ever being in any kind of order. People look, think they've been caught looking, and shove things back anywhere on the shelf or leave them in the "gardening" section. :)

Nimue said...

you tell wonderful stories :D

Anna Montgomery said...

Haha, this was really delightful. I spent most of my life trying to fit in now I pretty much let my freak flag fly (realizing I probably never fooled anyone anyway :)).

Jenny said...

Another great post. It is amazing the way people actually show the "I've been seen" look on their faces...you are very good, Brian. No matter what you write. Your blog is addictive, I find I have to come again to see what's next!

Grandmother said...

What a dear story. I'll walk away lighter, too.

happygirl said...

Cute story. So, what's the name of that book?

Betsy Brock said...

haha..cute. I love that table, too!

G-Man said...

Thats just fine with me, I hate paying "Retail".
This is one of your more understandable non-metaphorical stories Son, I'm proud of you!
Loved your Bargain Bin 55
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Eva Gallant said...

There are all kinds of treasures to be found on the odd ball table!

Susan said...

A great share! And what a concept for a book and for a hairy chest and for a cat and for the passing stranger. I live for these oddities and the departure afterwards!
(No, I am not back to my writing yet.)

Sandi McBride said...

You gave me a fit of the giggles and a desire to go find that book...wondering if it is on Kindle yet...
Sandi

sage said...

Yep, I know how it feels to be the book on the odd book table... Nice story

Susan Daniels said...

Love these, Brian, and, yes, the Burmese form was difficult. Liked what you did with it, though!

RD said...

we use to play oddball

even then I was a loser
funny...no, peculiar...no,
odd

I was always a bit...odd

they never figured out what table to put me on


Peace, B

Glenn Buttkus said...

Def loved the 55, and enjoyed your own spin on Than Bauk form; you never lose track of sensuality and love; own voice, own eyes, own perceptions; dug it.

Beachanny said...

The 55 was clever (I read it, of course).

The than bauk interesting - like the double entendres throughout - made it so personal and so very you! Don't think mine was quite so successful!

Daydreamertoo said...

Glad the lady got a chuckle too.
I love books, old, new, doesn't matter. It is hard to pass them by wherever they are.
Your cat would kill you...lol
Loved this :)

LadyCat said...

I can relate to oddball table, too. Reminds me of the land of misfit toys in Rudolph.
The good thing about books is that there is one for every taste...and that's good.

Anonymous said...

Cool challenge! :)

F.King :)

anotherwanderingsoul said...

hahaha wonderful, brian.

Gloria said...

good one Brian LOL

Anna Montgomery said...

Back for the Than Bauk form, what a challenge - I think you managed it better than I did. I love the (drip) off to the side, a great sound amidst the visuals. Also your rhymes are so wonderfully camoflauged.

anglachel27 said...

A worthy attempt on the Than-Bauk--quite a challenging form!
Gene

Secret Agent Woman said...

I always check the oddball table, too. That and the clearance rack.

Nico said...

Brian, you have a great ear for sound--this was quite nice!

Nilanjana Bose said...

great 55 word story,just brilliant!...enjoyed your take on the form too...very tough but you somehow make it all look easy :)

Bodhirose said...

I like those oddball tables too...so can relate. Really enjoyed your Than Bauk too...like how you dried her...drips...

Laurie Kolp said...

Back to read the whatever this form is called poem... I had never heard of it and found it challenging, too. You did great, Brian!

seacamels said...

Ha! You got stuck just like I did, didn’t you? Tougher than it looks. The 4 syllables makes it challenging to give meaning, but you did pretty well. Thanks for the fun.

lori mcclure said...

Hot guys with baby animals? So not my thing, lol, but it does sound like it was good for a laugh. Everyone seems down today - everywhere I turn - glad you're smiling :) Hope I get a chance to try the dVerse prompt today. Sounds fun.

Mary said...

Back again to take a look at your Thank Bauk! Good one, Brian. Three stanzas even. This form really made me sweat. LOL.

Annmarie Pipa said...

funny about the bargain books...I just unpacked one today that was in a bag of stuff I bought Christmas shopping 3 weeks ago...somehow today, even at .99 it doesn't look nearly as appealing as it did in the store, on that table.

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

You go Brian with the double poetry duty. You can work those poems like a Monet can paint

Cloudia said...

Old lady, Young lady feel alright
on a warm Waystation night!


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Lisa said...

Lovely on all fronts. Just wonderful. I wanted to try both you know, 55 and FFA but came up with what I'm good at..pictures :)

Alice Audrey said...

I really shouldn't be grinning over your cat killing you, right? Can't help myself.

raivenne said...

Two very different tales, told in two very different styles that evoke two very different smiles and moods. That Brian is craftmanship. Your excellent Than Bauk def makes ponder whether I want to be the holder of the towel, or the one about to be held.

raivenne said...

Two very different tales, told in two very different styles that evoke two very different smiles and moods. That Brian is craftmanship. Your excellent Than Bauk def makes ponder whether I want to be the holder of the towel, or the one about to be held.

RMP said...

on the first.... I'm always one to browse the oddball book table, but never came across such a tantalizing discovery.

on the second.... a steamy treat for sure. as for the form...I just finished reading about it before I made my way here; I think you made it look quite easy, but I know looks (like book covers) can be deceiving.

G-Man said...

This is my 2nd time here today Son
I smiled again...:-)
Have a Kick Ass Week-End
Thanks....G

Margaret said...

The day I walk out of a used book store feeling lighter, my husband will fall over. Unless the "lighter' was referring to your wallet :)

ReBelle said...

I'm so there in your 55. Bravo!

Claudia said...

oh wow...you went even for three stanzas...love the wrinkled fingers and the warmth..smiles

Janna said...

I love the oddball tables at the bookstores too.

It's a special kind of treasure hunt, full of quirky and lovable things.

Never seen that particular book though-- must be you bought it before I could get to it. ;)

Thanks for another Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

missing moments said...

love these types of private moments ... captured in your words forever

dragyonfly said...

hi, brian! very nice wordage on the than bauk. i don't really understand the rules ( i live in anarchy) but it was very fun trying. and then the 55 words, great prose and a great nod to the off beat books. (maybe where my little weirdo book will be someday)...love your work.

Vicki Lane said...

So did you buy the book?

Steve E said...

WOW! Your Than Bauk is a treasure, brian. I tried--not enough time:

too much other
stuff is hur-ry.
further undone

Hey! Would that qualify?

About your 55, man seems like relating to strangers is thee topic today. Book store IS favorite place to hang--IF they sport a coffee shoPPE!

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

"i always check the oddball table
at the bookstore, ones
without a place..."


Hi! Brian...
Thanks, for sharing the image, your 55 words, and Than Bauk poetry.

"ripples ~ texture
together, rise (drips)
pitter~patter..."


Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with Than Bauk, but I will take a peek to find out what it's all about... too!

deedee :)

my heart's love songs said...

"my cat would kill me"

LOVE that!

the Than Bauk is a different feel for you but i like it!!!

jane hewey said...

these leave me lighter, too. the 55 is clever and knowing your work, true. I also like what you did with the than bauk. the form is really stairstep stiff and feels good to have a spiral thrown in.

Leovi said...

Excellent poem. Saludos.

Fred Rutherford said...

two for the price of one. Always the treat when you double down. Both really good, this new form is very fun, really having a great time reading these tonight.

Lorraine said...

amaZing lol as always... do you know that there are few things harder than getting out of a perfectly heated bath....

Valerie said...

Charity shops have the best ever supply of books... I always come out with an armful.

Gone are the days when I stayed in the bath long enough to get wrinkled fingers..... now they get wrinkled with age and there's no poetry in that .... smiles.

Friko said...

The first poem grabs my attention, it’s a perfect little word picture. I am not sure what the second poem says. The form is not familiar to me, either.

the walking man said...

Yeah man the discount tables...that's where I buy all of open mic wine at. The cheese too if it's not too moldy.

Dave King said...

i always check the oddball table
at the bookstore, ones
without a place.

I do exactly this -- great minds, you think? I also leave books out of place on my shelves so that I come upon one unexpectedly from time to time -- but that's probably because I'm nuts.

The Steaming Mirrors is brilliant. You found a poem that was suited by the form!

magiceye said...

This has delightful imagery!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Love the pile of books at the kids section...spread out on little tables. So many picture books!!
A sight for hungry eyes and eager fingers.
Well written and love that you used on of my pics
Love where they take you.
Hugs
SueAmnm

Other Mary said...

lol - love the odd book table one Brian!

izzy said...

Sitting at tiny tables reading books aloud ! (well I don't know if library's have those)Furry betrayal ?
Hmmm- you two got a chuckle out of it
'It takes one to know one'! Thanks.

Eric (Bubba) Alder said...

Remind me not to visit your bookstore, Brian. (LOL!)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hi Brian!
I love the oddball table. We have one at our local library too. Treasures to be picked up for fifty cents. Your last stanza *sigh* completes the poem and leaves the reader feeling..lighter.

Natasha Head said...

From the oddball table to a scene so steamy...quite the buffet today, wordbender...I'm sold on the second offering. And that form! My head will spin all day from the effort...

Sheila said...

great Than Bauk...not used to seeing such brevity in your writing - you done good!

Tara Miller said...

2 fun reads today! Ahhh, the oddball table....I think you feel comfortable there because you yourself don't like to be put in a box. smiles Light and steamy - I like!

Grace said...

The oddball table is quite interesting...you will never know what's there ~

Nice short form Brian ~

Your writing is always warm on my fingers ~

Have a good day ~

Mama Zen said...

That first piece really made me smile!

Mr. Charleston said...

Good stuff. What "real" Americans are all about.

Sabio Lantz said...

Cute bathroom scene with the kids -- nicely done.

Sue said...

Fun stuff. I am a fan of the sale book table myself. But probably not the furry book.

;)

lookingforroots said...

You made me smile...

Rebecca S. said...

That book title reminds me of these books I discovered recently...Porn for New Moms, which has photos of bare chested men doing all the household chores and baby minding. Your discovery sounds like Porn for cat lovers? But yes, your chest would soon be ripped to shreds, I imagine.

kj said...

that first poem is hilarious, brian. 'my cat would kill me'--what a reaction! and then you add the grin of an old woman. very decently FUN!

here's wishing you a good weekend, mr. miller. it took me a few years to get here but here i now am and i'm glad

love
kj

Cressida de Nova said...

Someone is using their poetic license even more than I do..nice bathroom verse!:)

come bauk
to me
than baby

plip
drip
plop
skid
crash

Lydia said...

Your description at the bookstore makes me miss the two that closed in Salem in recent years. I love those unique finds at the "oddball table."

I have not read the prompt at dVerse Poets, and am intrigued after reading your take on Than Bauk (whatever that is!). I'll come read up on it, in spite of not being a part of it this time.

Good weekend to you, Brian.

Novroz said...

Very interesting :)
I avoid bookstores when my TBR has reached scary pile

Raven said...

Both good, but I love the "little you" and the kitty at the oddball table. Love thinking of you when so young.

ayala said...

:) love this ! Love my time in the bookstore !

Syd said...

Good bargains on those tables. Well, maybe not that particular book....

William Manson said...

you never know what you may find mate, loved the concept of this, and it amused me ;)

Cloudia said...

"Comments Off"

Pfffft!

LOVE the pretzels & bullfights and photo! A new trend in micro-posts like I'm sorta doing?

I like the cut of your jib (and jibes- you never jab :-)



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Goofball said...

giggle

I don't enjoy it when my fingers start to wrinkle from too long water exposure. it feels so un-me