Monday, November 19, 2012

bedtime stories

sticker on a light pole

i did not tuck in boys
or read bedtime stories

i did not read the last few chapters
of Harry Potter, or care
for the moment how it ended,

nor determine the answer
to the riddle of the ghost
haunting the cave by the ranch,
the cowboys will have to
wait in fright & stay warm
on their own, by the campfire

i did not read bed time stories
tonight, i wrote them---

horses ran wild
through the fields

great blackfish breached
the surface of the ocean
under the stars
gasping for breath

dragons devoured whole towns,
the princess slept beauty,
the taste of apple
still on her lips

and the last line
was not
'The End'

because the boys
are at gramma's
another two days

and my pencil
is barely dulled,
my notebook full
of blank pages.

66 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

first first
with my burst

Pat Hatt said...

Sure you can fill in the blank
With plenty of gas in the tank
Just gawk away
And you'll have your say
When they are back
Going on the fairy tale attack

Pat Hatt said...

Wow top three
They are slow today at your sea

the walking man said...

Just to break the Hatt string. Write the tales to give credence to the good. We have shifted in what we consider acceptable.

Hannah said...

This holds so much ambition and then to see the actuality...blank...and so often this seems to be the case: When one has the time to write then is when the words flee. Excellent write, Brian...I enjoy your twist of tongue on the fairy tale mentions. Smiles to you!

Laurie Kolp said...

Enjoy your quiet time... all too soon chaos will begin (holidays).

Betsy Brock said...

Ah...nice to have them gone a few days, isn't it? And then you start to miss them and all their chaos. ha.

Nilanjana Bose said...

the princess slept beauty with the taste of apple still on her lips...love that! so glad your notebook is full of blank pages :)

Tabor said...

Yes, you miss them, but don't forget they will come back with stories of their own.

Helen said...

.. are you telling us you work best under pressure?

Pat said...

Do you need to tell the stories to your boys first before writing them down? You never seem to be at a loss for words!

Anna Montgomery said...

Absolutely love this one, write on!

Magpie said...

Brian, I'm wondering to whom you told these stories while the house is free of young ones?? Were you alluding to something more?

Gail said...

This was good. Glad your keyboard works.

Brian Miller said...

ma magpie...you caught me...or at least the dirty old man behind this poem...smiles.

Tina said...

Smiles. Great big smiles. Dragons do get to roar louder with no kids in the house...
Tina @ Life is Good
http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

hedgewitch said...

The old fairy takes are in our bones, constantly being rewritten--what do we tell our children, what do we put them to bed with--and what do we tell ourselves. Every happy ending is a compromise.

Anne said...

So you and the missus had it off while the kids were away. You are a wise man indeed Brian!

Myrna R. said...

The pages will fill themselves. Nice having a little time to yourselves, create your own fairy tales with no endings.

Enjoy.

Daydreamertoo said...

Ahh.... But, not blank enough to fill in this page fine write at all.
Write on.
RYN: I cannot believe, three in a week. That is just too much.
I truly hope it isn't because they are texting Brian. One of my best friends used to do it and with all her driving experience, we nearly ended up in a ditch. I was angry and told her that it's against the law to use a cell phone in cars here unless it's an emergency call and that no text is worth dying for. Do you know what was the cause with any of them at all? So tragic whatever the reason.
Look at your wife's smile, that should bring you the beauty you need to see to this day my friend.

Monkey said...

I'm not sure why, but as I read this the movie big fish crept to mind...

manicddaily said...

Ha! So much fun. Wonderful. k.

DCW said...

Truly wonderful. Stay a sorcerer.

http://cosmicfart.blogspot.ca/2010/09/sorcerer.html

Grace said...

I like your stories, even when its just a glimpse or moment of your day or night ~

Well, enjoy the peace because soon it will be filled with laughter and noise ~

Have a good day Brian ~

Valerie said...

Nice one, Brian. Now cheer up, they'll soon be back... and then ... :O)

Daniel said...

Sometimes the business quells our muse.

AmyLK said...

The boys will be so happy when they get home and have new bedtime stories from you. Enjoy the time without them. :)

Ella said...

Yes, tortured tales allude us by their silence~
You need to dance ;D
Well done-I love your imagery!

Laurie said...

I lost your blog for a bit but I found you again, I'm so glad I have, that was so beautiful,

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

"bedtimes stories"
Hi! Brian...
Thanks, for sharing the image [sticker on a light pole]and after reading your poetic words here:"...and my pencil is barely dulled,my notebook full of blank pages."
and here:"...because the boys
are at gramma's another two days..."

I [re]titled your poem: "Missing Them...Too!"

deedee :)

Alice Audrey said...

Wait. You don't know the ending of Harry Potter yet? Where have you been?

I used to make up bedtime stories for my kids as a treat. I quit the day they re-wrote my ending.

happygirl said...

You are home without kiddos and writing stories? I can only imagine the stories you write, or the pen you use. ;)

Tracie Skarbo said...

Kids can be such an inspiration it is true... my little one has blessed me with amazing ideas all through his life. Hope though that you and yoru wife are enjoying some well deserved alone time! :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

It's nice when you're flowing freely that way. Hope the boys have a great time!

Mary said...

Ha, you have to leave some pages blank, Brian, for them to fill when they return! Hope they are enjoying their time with Grandma and that you also are enjoying just a bit more extra time for yourself.

Gloria said...

I love this Brian

the princess slept beauty,
the taste of apple
still on her lips

really beauty!
aah the kids will be happy Im sure and they come back soon LOL

Cloudia said...

"horses ran wild
through the fields

great blackfish breached
the surface of the ocean
under the stars
gasping for breath"
Look at, TASTE! those perfect sentences. See, this is the You that we come to enjoy & applaud



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Buddah Moskowitz said...

One of the great mysteries: how do you ever get any writing done with these kids around, yet when they are gone they are still an inspiring presence. (Mine are all at the age where they stay up longer than I. They duck their heads in and offer their goodnights to me! I miss the times you have now.)

Great write, my friend.

Lyn said...

That's what we all want...a tall tale teller of our own!We have it in you!!

Pauline said...

Love the repetition of "I did not..."

Sue said...

What fun! I always missed my kids when they visited, but I always used the time well...just as you are doing!

;)

Tara Miller said...

Oh my! I think you need to write the sequel tonight..... ;0

Claudia said...

haha... now go and write those stories.. what are you doing here anyway... smiles.. enjoy the time alone with your wife..

Luke P said...

great imagination you got there, Bri... crucial to your art.. screw Harry Potter... nice work

G-Man said...

Writer's block Son?

ayala said...

I just love this, Brian. I'm sure you miss the boys. :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

WOW Brian. Amazing blog. I found you through Carrie's blog (Hope Whispers). May I become your newest follower??

RMP said...

really good bedtime stories never truly end; they always leave you hanging wishing you didn't have to turn off the lights and greet the sandman.

the blank pages make me think of the "book" from Ella Enchanted. the nice thing about blank pages is every time you read them something new pops off the page.

Mama Zen said...

Oh, my!

Mr. Charleston said...

nothing to add, just stopped by for a smile

JANU said...

Your wife should be inspiring you to write more romantic poems...enjoy the time with and the calm.
They will be back to rejuvenate you.

Stephanie said...

Enjoy every moment!

lori mcclure said...

oh, storytelling for adults. We all need some fun even after we grow up, right? Catching up on my Brian Miller :)

ladyfi said...

Hope you're feeling better. Sometimes it's good to let the blank pages remain blank.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Brian, I read about your loss on SoulSpeak, so sorry. I imagine you will hug the kids even tighter when they return. And for you to spend the 'down time' writing for them... what a wonderful dad you are! Be well, my friend. Peace, Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/11/14/balloon-girl/

Lisa said...

Most beautiful.

Poet Laundry said...

Loved this...the mood you create is wonderful.

Lorraine said...

A few moments of peace to write, yet it's easier with distractions around n'est-ce pas? I love everything you write

Dave King said...

great blackfish breached
the surface of the ocean
under the stars
gasping for breath

Better than most of us can manage in a whole notebook, filled and then some!

Nothing dulled here BUT the pencil, I guess.

SueAnn Lommler said...

My favorite pastime is to tell stories..especially ones I have created.
Hugs
SueAnn

kaykuala said...

Brian,
They're better off at Grandmas. From our experience they got away with lots of things. But they would come home with lots of ideas to help fill the blank pages.

Hank
P/S apologies for late entry. Hope it was a great Thanksgiving!

mywordwall said...

I hope you got to fill some of the blank pages.

Before long, they will be regaling you with stories of their own. :-)

my heart's love songs said...

LOVE this, Brian! nice that you have some extra time to write!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

GORGEOUS this one...hope the two of you enjoyed your time alone!

Syd said...

Nice but I suspect you miss them. I am missing my wife tonight. But will be home on Friday from my sojourn.

A Cuban In London said...

Ahhh... you got me with this:

"i did not read bed time stories
tonight, i wrote them---"

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.