Tuesday, November 13, 2012

OpenLinkNight: 38 days (to the brain buffet)

man flashing a cow, poster in men's room @ restaurant

There’s no conspiracy here, just late librarians,
locked library doors & students
      begin to gather in tight circles,
conserving heat, conversations of

‘what plans do you have for the weekend?’
end up, ‘There are only 38 days left
       to the zombie apocalypse’ & we each

check our bags, inventory what we have
 that will help if---(maybe there is a syndrome
for this experience)---‘we could break my computer,
find metal to gather sun in reflection
for fire starting.’

 ‘We can use my text books,’ elicits laughter,
but he’s serious , ‘At least then they’d
get use’---more laughing & an arm punch

‘I have 6 power bars.’ ‘Peanut butter crackers.’
‘Half a pack---of gum.’ ‘Bottle of water.’

‘We could bust a window to get inside
a building.’ ‘yes, but it has to be one we could
board up after.’ ‘I think the science lab might
be best.’ ‘My lunch is in my locker.’ ‘We should
stay near the back-up generator.’ ‘I found needles
& thread.’ ‘Could we use my inhaler?’

 ‘Sorry, I am late,’ the door rattles open
& the crowd enters, dispersing between rows
of shelves---no one mentions the plans again,
for now

There are 38 days remaining, plenty of time,
plenty of time---

to be ready.


OpenLinkNight @ dVerse Poets - Woohoo, time to party poetically...go write something cause it is BYOP...ok so you can stop in and just imbibe if you would like as well...doors will open at 3 PM EST.

The above was based on an actual group conversation last week with students while we were waiting on the library to open. What can I say, at least they are thinking, right? smiles.

93 comments:

Mary said...

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Mary said...

Yes, at least they are thinking. Textbooks for fire starting....ha ha. Zombie apocalypse? I suppose anything is possible.......

Dave King said...

38 days is not very long to prepare adequately for such a cataclysmic event! I guess it'll be alright on the night, though...

Pat Hatt said...

haha not sure any of those would be good weapons against a zombie horde
But at least they won't be bored
Could use some tp too
I will stock up on that just in case at my zoo
So fun to see where conversations go
About nothing or at least bs world ending mayan crap and all at ones show

manicddaily said...

Yes- at least they are thinking. This is so cleverly done.

It is very funny to me too because I think there is some TV show re zombies Waking Dead? Something like that and I wandered into people at my office talking of it and Zombies.

Very funny post. I may put up something older today, if I do, as still working on other project. Much enjoyed this. k. (And interview) k

Lorraine said...

too much tv incites the weird, but hey some call it art ;)

Shell said...

Love the stream of consciousness:) This, my first smile of the day ~

the walking man said...

I hate to be the one to break it to everybody but the zombie apocalypse started and finished as soon as Rush Limbaugh got his own radio show and Rupert Murdoch his first major media outlet.

Daniel said...

At least they were thinking ... yeah right! (smiles). Oh, I loved yesterday's post. Learned some new things about you.

izzy said...

Thanks.
I have a friend who is hiding at home until after the Winter solstice-He is alarmed by the end of old calendars...It is sensible to have 'Emergency Plans'!

Laurie Kolp said...

It's funny listening to kids like that... they can save the world, after all...

Thanks again for allowing me to interview you, Brian.

kaykuala said...

The build-up to the Mayan's version was lucrative business. Tourists came to see what it was like. It's to their interest to prolong the expectations. They may declare a mistake was made in calculating. It should be following year. They would then stalk the tourist dollars at leisure. Nicely Brian!

Hank

Sue said...

I've been feeling that zombie apocalypse coming just lately...

;)

SueAnn Lommler said...

Oh dear! I had no idea that the time is so close to their arrival. Yikes!

better check my supplies
Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

Alice Audrey said...

Wait. 38 days? How did I not get this on my agenda?

Pearl said...

The children are our future.

:-)

Pearl

Anna Montgomery said...

Haha, at least they were focused on solutions and not where to place blame or who gets voted to become zombie bait. Delightful and fun, I especially enjoyed the visual shock of a brain buffet.

Eric (Bubba) Alder said...

How weird that my post today was along a similar vein, especially since it's such an odd one! (It almost seems like a collaboration between us, but it's not!)

Zombie Stew

Daydreamertoo said...

lol...this is on kids minds here too. Chloe is absolutely certain she could kill 'em all without even blinking an eye.
A scary thought, isn't it.
38 days ... maybe that's why I got an email showing pics of the latest FEMA graduates being armed to the back teeth with automatic weapons and attack vehicles? Is this to serve & protect or....is someone high up expecting the zombie apocalypse too??
Great convo to listen in on Brian, nice capture of it too...made me smile.

Robbie Pruitt said...

Great photo and poem. . . made me smile. . .

ayala said...

Clever write...38 days left to the zombie apocalypse ... :) yes..at least they are thinking :)

lori mcclure said...

Well, this one's full of fun and energy and conspiracy :) I am missing poetry, but my poetry has been a little less than spectactular as of late. Maybe I'll try again before the day is over.

Claudia said...

really.. i love conversations like this by people that just meet accidentally and then develop some crazy plans...and you know what..i'm just laughing when i think about what i wrote about gathering in planes..ha..maybe this stuck somehow unnoticed in the back of my brain still..

Adura Ojo said...

Seems a countdown to some kind of doomsday is the norm rather than the exception these days, Brian.

Stephanie said...

Sounds like the makings of an amazing short story!

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Ah yes! Is it Dec 21? I forget!

Laura said...

ahh the thoughts and minds of youth...

tino11 said...

As you always get a constant stream of readers, I decided, for a change, I would not bother reading or leaving a comment ;-)

Eva Gallant said...

Still debating. . .should I bother to Christmas shop?

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

I love the cadence of the conversation - the back and forth rocks thru the poem - fun to read! K

Steve King said...

I just hope the Zombies follow the same calendar and time zone...This is a funny take on the monster scene. It sure beats trying to escape the old fashioned way by running through a cemetery...

hedgewitch said...

Imagination is a wonderful thing--and I think we avoided the zombie apocalypse last Tuesday, but you never know. Spouse is dragging me out the door but I will return to romp through the pub later.

jane hewey said...

this is a catchy moment brought to life. (ha!!) there is some clever solution sourcing going on. I love the smooth quality of this write, Brian.

montygrant said...

Ha, ha Brian. I really enjoyed this. Brilliant

Tara Miller said...

ha ha. Great minds at work (especially when it's something they're interesed in)!

mrs mediocrity said...

I love this conversation, love the joining together of forces, almost instinctually...
and now, counting down the days :)

Sabio Lantz said...

kids can be so trippy.
some adults call it poetry.
;-)
Zombie apocolypse -- Mayan Catastrophe.

Today Israel is bombing Gaza and Syria bombing Turkey.
Damn.

Sheila said...

too cute. I bet you hear some conversations from that age group. fun stuff.

Nilanjana Bose said...

This somehow combines cool and fun and exquisite at the same time ...love the detailing...enjoyed the interview too...and thanks for the earlier visit, great to see you there!

sage said...

At the local diner this morning, guys were talking about the apocalypse and gathering up guns and I sat smugly and stayed quiet as I wasn't as unhappy as they were about the elections... Of course, it ain't zombies they're afraid of

Jenny Herner said...

What a wonderful gift to craft a lovely poem from a silly conversation. And what is this zombie apocolypse!

Andrew Kreider said...

Great conversation - too bad it broke up!
We're getting lots of disaster preparedness ads on the radio these days - but no mention of zombies or power bars. Love this one!

Tracie Skarbo said...

Hmmm so soon? I best get on with the first aid kit then! :) Great post as always Brian. I do love adding you to my coffee!

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Brian, this is the best kind of "found poem," the little bits one overhears in any given setting. My favorite is the needle and thread!

Peace, Amy and for dverse:
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/11/11/wisconsin-mud/

pandamoniumcat said...

Cool poem, and at least their thinking survival... nice!

Steve Isaak said...

This made me smile, is relatable (probably because I like zombies - despite how 'pop'ular and overplayed the theme has gotten - and I definitely love libraries).

For me, libraries and movie theaters are my churches - my places of solace. =)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I love all those suggestions. Kids crack me up.

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

There are 38 days remaining, plenty of time,
plenty of time---
to be ready."


Hi! Brain...Oops! I meant to type Brian...lol
Only 38 days to prepare for the impending apocalypse? I should have taken it more seriously!

Thanks, for sharing your very descriptive poetic words as you BYOP to your readers.[and the image too!]
deedee :)

vivinfrance said...

You have provided some welcome relief to my sombre mood - laughter may overcome my typing fingers! Thank you.

Jessica Lynn Lang said...

Warm feelings generated from a cold scene. The scene comes to life in this poem. I can see the kids now.

Susan Daniels said...

I totally loved this.

henry clemmons said...

Ha, great framing of Dec. 21. There seems to be many concerned about that date. I like the attitude and voice in this. Very kool!

Gloria said...

cielos Brian! OHMY thr kids !

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Kick ass good, brother! Loved this - getting my zombie repellent just in case you're right.

RMP said...

I think a science room might be a good idea...no need to demolish computers when Bunsen burners are handy. Poor textbooks...but I agree it would be nice to see them used for once.

seacamels said...

So very nice, Brian. Why were we both so apocalyptic this evening? Love the way yours reads, the flow is right on the money—and the playfulness is just right. Funny subject, hey?

Natasha Head said...

Not sure if it was intended, but my daughter's Christmas break get's underway in 38 days...so the zombies that come to my mind are those last few days when you can't even wade thru the fluorescent plastic trenches without one of them taking a bite out of you...shudder at the thought...and loved being a fly on the wall for your conversation

Glenn Buttkus said...

Def a perfect capture of the absurdities that surround us daily; you & that's poet's ear; there is a lightness about this piece I really like--kind of jerks me out of the darkness I leap in & out of sometimes. Life just seems to continuously provide you with poetic fodder; so cool.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I was going to comment and then caught sight of Walking Man's comment and got totally distracted by laughing.

Julia Kovach said...

Very very very cool! I love the converation.....Really nice read! xoJulia

Beth Winter said...

I want to sit next to the guy with a Milky Way bar. What a fun conversation. Truly enjoyed, Brian.

awakenedwords said...

and people say kids have no imagination any more...

Myrna R. said...

Glad the kids are thinking. At least they're preparing. Me, I didn't even know there was going to be a Zombie attack.

It's cute what kids focus on sometimes.

I'm so glad to be back reading your blog.

Anders Woje Ellingsen said...

I envy you your social life. :-)

Christi Moon said...

love the narrator's eavesdropping perspective...creative and whimsical piece Brian.

Arron Shilling said...

hey brian

i love the fact that this is based on actual events, and also that i am not the only onne making plans for the arrival of the zombie horde:to be fair we may be too late, they are already among us . . . you made PO out of it though sir - i felt like i was in on the conversation and waxing lyrical on the possibilities . . . you are right too - at least they are thinking (which gives us the upper hand against the one track minded body snatchers!:)

Mystic_Mom said...

A wry smile and a smirk...39 days indeed! Nicely done my friend.

unshakenthoughts said...

Kids and imagination... by the way 37 days to go..

Ta Tarun

Poet Laundry said...

Zombie apocalypse...it could happen...haha...kids are so funny to listen to. A fun read Brian.

farmlady said...

I think this would be a great writing assignment.
What will you do when the Zombie Apocalypse arrives?
Ha... creative writing 101.
Kids do have brains filled with imagination... not just twitters and email.

Andra Negroiu said...

This was a very funny piece! Today it's thirty-seven days and counting down ... what are we going to do? :))

Another funny tidbit - when I was at university, we used to compare our exams to a zombie apocalypse, because all of us would come out of them feeling like the (un)dead :)

Valerie said...

Excuse me, Brian, I think I'll just go and bury my head in the sand.... grins.

James Rainsford said...

Interesting what awaits us. How many days until Christmas? Wouldn't be 38 by any chance? Enjoyed this Brian.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I feel like a zombie most days so quite fitting to this poem!

Love the picture, too ;-)

CJ x

ninotaziz said...

Brian,

I hear my girls whispering about the zombie apocalypse now and then. My eldest gave me a sharp look when I first gave them a look of disbelief.

I have agreed to be prepared, whatever that means.

As a result, I always have extras of flour, rice, sugar, bottles of jam and tea, frozen bread, bake beans, butter and cheese, cooking oil in the kitchen - garbage bags, duct tap and tones of candles in the attic. Strings and rope! I even made a garden in the air well next to the small attic and planted kaffir lime and aloe vera! It looks pretty, I must say.

The things I do for my daughters!

David Chamberlain Jr said...

This was a very enjoyable read Brian. I could see the scene in my head. You did a wonderful job making them real.

flaubert said...

Kids do say the darnedest things, don't they? Nice write, Brian.

Pamela

Tatius T. Darksong said...

Yes, thinking of survival and ways to survive but the most important thing working as a group. It's funny how the mind works(zombies) and the imagination but it working.

adan said...

there is a special something to those collages of spoken reality, huh?

zombie what in 38 days!

fab commentary after too, "go write something cause it is BYOP," oh yeah ;-)

and yeah, i do think they were thinking, creatively and with humor in the face of knowing they don't even know what they don't know yet (as if we do ;-) )

and finally that image you chose and joined all this with, couldn't figure out how it fit til i read your poem ;-) very nice write brian ;-)

Ginny Brannan said...

Hey Brian, too busy working to post and comment this week, but popping in anyways to read some of my favorite writers. Totally enjoyed this one. What is it with young people & zombies anyways?!! My 26 year old just shared this latest movie trailer for a new one coming out, a modern day vision of the Zombie Apocalypse! Thought you'd get a kick out of seeing it (if you haven't already) after reading your story above!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md6Dvxdr0AQ

Marbles in My Pocket said...

A few period changes, and we had this conversation when I was in school. It wasn't about zombies though. I think it was either Russians or aliens.

anglachel27 said...

This made me laugh, partly at myself, because I've had those same conversations...usually with myself, haha.
Gene

SaraV said...

Thinking is always a good thing and it's so interesting when you get them going. A very fun write!

Goofball said...

oh right, thanks for reminding me. Sort of forget the pending fate ...whoops must start planning then ;-)

vbreverb said...

Nice to know they were playing with their brains rather than their pre-programmed electronics. Thanks for sharing.

C Rose said...

loved this, what else can you do but prepare right? ;) wonderful write Brian and thank you for always supporting my words, appreciate it. ~ Rose

Serena said...

You are very funny and clever... a great way to shape these conversations. I feel kind of out of it... as if the 38 day countdown is something I should know about... which reminds me that my son bought me a book on zombie survival. I'd forgotten about it. Maybe I better pull it out, check it out... you just may have saved my life!

beckykilsby said...

Such a strong sense of eavesdropping Brian.. real words... you framed it perfectly..

mywordwall said...

Yay! That soon?

Oh, the interesting conversations that bored children have. On second thoughts, at least they are planning for their survival.

Meanwhile, they zombie apocalypse is still 38 days away... there is still time to plan, errr, have fun. :-D

hyperCRYPTICal said...

I had forgotton of Dec 21st... bummer as my first grandchild is due on the 20th...

Excellent write Brian - so cleverly done - and the future is our children so it is good they are thinking...

Anna :o]

poeticlicensee said...

Zombie Apocalypse? What? Am I out of touch with the youth crowd or what?
I suppose almost any topic is good for rousing up discussion with kids. Lucky for your group, I wasn't the one to lead that discussion...

Syd said...

Times have really changed. I think that a lot of kids are aliens compared to what it used to be. But what do I know?

my heart's love songs said...

could've been a lot worse topics! my granddaughter turns 15 next month and some of the stuff she talks about.... i'm just grateful i'm not raising a child in the digital age! {smile}