Saturday, December 22, 2012

Poetics: It's no wonder I like ribs (Merry Christmas)

really bad picture of my sons choir

God traipses between the mountains, majestic,
     garment hem turning seasons among the trees
     his breath a warm breeze, animals round ankles play,
     unnamed & wild, still

Oceans wave & lavish his feet as he sits the beach
     soaking, six days into seven, surveying all creation

& with a great sigh, sees enough beauty has yet to be
     and makes you, then gifts me

                imagine that

& tonight, as the lights dim, our son & all the choir kids
     file out the stage side, in skirts & sweater vests
     backlit by giant paper snowflakes, one for each
     child lost & postcards to those we'll miss

they sing
                    ---Celtic Christmas carols
     the girls with deeper voice than the boys
             who squeak, ringing in the season       

down the aisle, beyond my own parents, the bare edge
     glow of the spotlight creeps into the crowd to find

every present i will ever need
     and joining in i sing, i sing, 'O, Come, O Come
     Emmanuel---'

Over @ dVerse Poets, we are exchanging 'presents' in verse, your 'presence' is requested...haha..Karin is running the show and this will be my last post until Christmas. Time to enjoy some family. I hope this weekend is one filled with love and warmth especially in light of recent events not only here in the states, but around the world. May love and light overcome tragedy and change our world. Doors open at 3 pm.

Merry Christmas everyone!

102 comments:

Mary said...

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Mary said...

One. Sorry.

Mary said...

There definitely is something about children dinging carols that gifts everyone in their presence. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Brian. Enjoy that family time.

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

Hi! Brian...
I don't see a "really bad picture of your sons choir..."

What I see is a [very] thoughtful gesture on your sons and others children behalf as..."& tonight, as the lights dim, our son & all the choir kids file out the stage side, in skirts & sweater vests
back-lit by giant paper snowflakes, one for each child lost & postcards to those we'll miss...


Thanks, for sharing!
[Cont...}

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

May I add no truer words...

"Time to enjoy some family. I hope this weekend is one filled with love and warmth especially in light of recent events not only here in the states, but around the world. May love and light overcome tragedy and change our world."

...were every spoken...As I wish you,your family, friends, and readers... too!

Season Greetings!
deedee :)

Tabor said...

There are few things as uplifting as children singing.

sage said...

This is beautiful and deep in theology--have you ever considered submitting poetry to the "Christian Century"? They occasionally publish poetry and this would be perfect for the season

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Happy Christmas!

Grace said...

I love listening to the angelic voices of children's choir ~

Merry Christmas to you and your family ~

ayala said...

Nice capture, Brian. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy every moment with your beautiful family. :)

izzy said...

Absolutely! Hallelujah- Blessings go out with songs and hearts filled with hope and gratitude. Amen-

ND Mitchell said...

Lovely reflection on the season. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas.

Pat Hatt said...

Nice gawk at your sea
As you capture their o'christmas tree
And other little diddies
From all the kiddies
Last post you say?
Well Merry Christmas to your bay
As the cat will never stop
Still 88 post to crop haha

DJan said...

And a very Merry Christmas back at you, Brian. During the past year, you have brightened my life and given me so many things to smile about, and ponder, and exclaim over. I've never felt so rich in love, the only thing that matters.

kaykuala said...

There can never be a moment missed when it comes to our children. Enjoy your vacation Brian and Merry Christmas to you and the family, Tara,Logan and Cole. Taking this opportunity to thank you for the connections the whole of this year.
Thank you!

Hank
P/S Did I get the names correct?

Heather said...

a beautiful moment. I went to my daughters chorus concert and balled my eyes out. it's those small, precious moments that I will be treasuring more of this year.
PS -I have a similiar picture!

Heather said...

and a VERY Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

Anne said...

I remember these days with mine and have video galore to look back on. Well done Brian, well said, well felt.

I'm outta here till after the Holidays. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

Monkey said...

God traipses between the mountains-that has got to be the most brilliant line ever! :)

The pride in your words for your boy, so heart touching...

Happy Holidays Miller to you and yours :)

Dave King said...

Lovely.You've done us proud this last year, none better than this one. Thanks for them all. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

otin said...

Merry Christmas Brian!!

Lisa said...

Merry Christmas Brian and family.

Anthony Desmond said...

Sweet write my man.. merry xmas to ya & your fam buddy!

happygirl said...

O come, O come Emmanuel. Sweet sounds of children's voices. Merry Christmas, friend. O, Emmanuel, come. :)

Laurie Kolp said...

This is so touching, Brian. There's nothing like watching your own child in a Christmas program... for me, it brings about such a feeling of peace and love which is what it's all about. How sweet they had the snowflakes representing each child. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Leovi said...

Yes, very interesting approach in this great poem Christmas. Greetings.

Eva Gallant said...

That was lovely! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Maggie May said...

Children singing at Christmas time.
What could be better?
Merry Christmas to all the family.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

FrankandMary said...

Ha. I do see a sort of WT Heck? picture, but in an endearing way.

I tried vegan ribs once.
ackkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

farawayinthesunshine said...

Enjoy your children's choir Brian. Celtic Christmas carol are so beautiful.n
I just realized this year was Darling Daughter's last Christmas choir concert.
Enjoy Christmas with all your family

Claudia said...

there's so much thankfulness in this..and so much music and tenderness..and wide-eyed, open-hearted wonder...love that they sung celtic christmas carols and so thoughtful with the snowflakes as well..sing on mr. miller, sing on..smiles..

Jen said...

I like the snowflake tribute. Enjoy the time with your family.

Daydreamertoo said...

Oh goodness, you managed to bring tears to my eyes...again.
Isn't it precious to see the kids singing in their school choir or, acting in their school plays. Precious moment making memory times.
I teared up when it reached the part about the giant paper snowflakes for each child lost.
I love that you see every present that you will ever need, a blessed gift indeed.
Merry Christmas to you and your family Brian. May it be filled with wonder and joy, most of all, love.
Thank you not just for being such a fabulous poet but also, such a great guy.

manicddaily said...

Very pretty poem, Brian. Much love to you and your family. K.

Poet Laundry said...

oh I got that tingle of beholding something beautiful...so moving...I love everything about it. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Brian. Enjoy!

moondustwriter said...

Yes you have received the best gifts Brian. Enjoy the boys and the hope you have for one day not so far off.

Blessings to the Miller family

Merry Christmas!!

Jannie Funster said...

Brian, so glad you are going to have a little blogging break, does a body great. and soul too!

our child's Christmas choir concert came before the sadness at Sandy Hook. I bet your boy is a fine singer, like his dad. maybe even a songwriter too?

And read over at Colleen's about your cat dying. Sorry for your family's loss on that.

Keep spreading your light this Christmas,and always!

xo

Jannie Funster said...

My mistake -- it was actually over at (totally not-mediocre) Kelly's I read your comment about your cat passing last night.

CiCi said...

When it comes to pictures of your kids, the style or quality of the photo is not as important as the content and deep rooted love. So your photo gets a gold star.

The words reach so many people. You open our hearts and minds with your writing.

Valerie said...

Once again, Brian, you took me back the many years since I watched my son's first appearance in the church choir... and I am as emotional now as I was then.

Happy Christmas, my friend, to you and yours. Let's pray that the New Year brings forth much happiness.

Cloudia said...

love your opening gambit



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hyperCRYPTICal said...

Oh Brian - this beautiful write filled me up and when I read

"down the aisle, beyond my own parents, the bare edge
glow of the spotlight creeps into the crowd to find

every present i will ever need..."

I felt joyously (yet tearfully) happy!

A very merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family.

Anna :o]

^.^ said...

I remember ... those Xmas concerts ... Paul, my son, and Mary, my daughter ... and me ... strumming away on the guitar in many commity halls ... because we where ... ok ... somewhat different, because of our slavic culture ... Red Neck or not, we where accected ... sang at many a wedding/ funeral after that first Xmas concert in 1985 ...

Susan Daniels said...

Beautiful poem, Brian (my fav advent carol, too). Merry Christmas.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Oh Brain, these are the memories! Beautiful piece---

Sheila said...

Merry Christmas, Brian.

Glenn Buttkus said...

A touching terrific piece, brother, in the shadow of Sandy Hook, love conquers all, and family is the common denominator; really dig this one. 2012 was my first year on Twitter, and the deepening of my relationship with dVerse Poets. You had visited and commented on my blog for a long time, and how smart of me to follow you home one day, like a stray puppy, and you have kept me warm ever since.

hedgewitch said...

I love your portrait of God, brian--I can almost see him, with the animals playing around his ankles,yet still their wild selves. The whole poem holds that same spirit of inner light. May you and yours have the very best of holidays, my friend. Thanks for everything you've done and do, for me, and for so many others.

Dolly@Soulstops said...

Merry Christmas, Brian...Praying you and your family experience much joy even as we pray for Sandy Hook...always such a delight to read your words :)

Victoria said...

Brian, this gave me the chills, through and through. I love how you represented God-with-us and rounded it out with your family.

Li said...

"...every present I will ever need..." Thank you, Brian, for a year of brilliant and often touching poetry. Merry Christmas :-)

anotherwanderingsoul said...

"garment hem turning seasons among the trees"
this is wonderful, i loved this line.
what a heart-warming poem.

Tara Miller said...

This is so beautiful and sweet...makes me melt. Looking forward to lots of family time these next few days, my love.

Luke Prater said...

Have a wonderful time with your family, my friend. Love and peace and joy -- I've so enjoyed our poetry friendship, the backand forth of comments on poetry, reading each others' work. You're one of my favourite poets and what you do for the community is also huge. Immense respect for you, Brian. Where you get all the energy and time I don't know! You've been very supportive of my work and I'm very grateful, and I see you encourage newcomers, and that is so important. I wish I'd had the wherewithal to participate in d'Verse more, but such is life. Next year, I hope. What moved me most about the above post was the 'really bad picture of my son's choir'... personal and endearing touch (with a little of that Miller humour)...

happy holidays

Luke xx

Behind the Smile said...

This is lovely Brian. I went between smiling and wanting to cry. Merry Christmas.

The Happy Amateur said...

Very nice, Brian. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas filled with joy and all things that matter.

Kim Nelson said...

Thank you, Brian!
As a child, I participated in a choir for many years. It was such a wonderful experience for me. My children, one in particular, sang for several years. Did quite well. Watching, listening as a parent was a delight. And now, I got to experience your kids' holiday extravaganza. Another gift to me. You are generous for sharing.

Betsy Brock said...

I think parents are soaking in the little moments even more this week in light of the CT shooting. Loved the post and the things you noticed. Nice that grands could be there, too.
Merry Christmas. Love you, brother.

thecourseofourseasons said...

Such a beautiful loving poem of presence - and love the Personification of the Divine. Blessings of the season to you and your family, Brian - K

Lolamouse said...

Brian,
Your poems always have a sense of presence (and are, of course, a present to your readers!) Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your family time.

Gloria said...

yes come Emmanuel!Merry Christmas dear Briab with all your lovely family!!

my heart's love songs said...

a lovely feeling in your poem, Brian!

wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays!

Siggi in Downeast Maine said...

Merry Christmas...brought back Christmastime when my children were young...gets even better when it's grand-children ☺
Thanks for sharing.

Aravind R Sankar said...

Brain u were very generous in your comments...

I loved this post. The words flowed freely and you definitely felt nostalgic, didnt u?
Very nice work. Hats off mate!

Susan said...

Thanks to you I can "imagine that." I love that you gave an image of God first, then the evocative call to God in the presence of the choir and their intent and their song.

Polly said...

I love the way this poem encapsulates Christmas ~ it's beautiful, Brian.

Thank you for all you work with dVerse poets through the year ~ look forward to seeing you back after the holidays.

Seasons Greetings to you and yours :)

Fred Rutherford said...

I've been too a lot of recitals and choir performances over the years, some of my friends children are really into it. They are interesting events. Love the way you reflected here, and the details throughout are great. The commentary about the girls voices being deeper than the boys, that's great.

Lorraine said...

Beautifulllll....wow

pandamoniumcat said...

Just beautiful, there's nothing better than being with your family watching your children on the stage. A wonderful Christmas memory... wishing you and your family the very best for Christmas. :)

Anders Woje Ellingsen said...

A baby to work with is surely a gift!

Thank you for all your comments on my blog, Brian! I wish you and your family a merry Christmas!

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ladyfi said...

Oh, this was beautifully written!

Wishing you much love and laughter and quality family time.

Sabio Lantz said...


I enjoyed the panentheistic vision mixed with the choir scene.

My gift to you, in light of your title:

To make Eve, your rib was removed. That is why you like ribs -- you want it back. Apparently the Hebrew word in that myth is poorly translated. It makes much more sense if it is translated as "baculum" -- not sure if you know this version.

Jyoti Mishra said...

choir singing is one of the thing I miss about my school days... Nostalgic :O

Merry Christmas Brian..
may u get to celebrate more n more n more :)

adeeyoyo said...

I love the voices of children singing especially Christmas carols. And your beautiful writing brought it all back to me. What I missed... ♥ Thank you so much, Brian.

the walking man said...

Enjoy the days ahead Brian, you, your wife, kids and parents.

Pat said...

Aw, Brian, you can paint a picture with your words like nobody else I know! This was just beautiful and heart warming! Have a wonderful Christmas with that lovely family of yours!

cloudfactor5 said...

Merry Christmas Brian to you and your family, Thank You for all the joy you have brought to so many poets by generously commenting on every poem!! You are amazing!! and for making dverse poets pub such a cool place to hang out at !!

Syd said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Brian. I really like to hear those carols. And remember when my voice was squeaking right along in a choir.

Alice Audrey said...

I never could get a good picture of my kids singing. My dd just did her Christmas concert a few days ago, and I still didn't get good footage.

RMP said...

stunning. the start is so majestic, the choir scene touching. there really is much more one could ask for than to be surrounded by lived ones.

went back and read the title again when finished reading. quite perfect!

Kelvin S.M. said...

...this so reminded me of myself as a child singing in churches (both at school and parish church) as a choir member for almost half of my life... lovely...

Merry Christmas to you and family...

..smiles...

Sue said...

Made me cry.
Straight up.

Merry Christmas, Brian.

=)

SilverGardenia said...

Very heartfelt. Merry Christmas!

Alexandra said...

"Oceans wave & lavish his feet as he sits the beach soaking, six days into seven, surveying all creation"

Seriously brilliant. Your talent is definitely from the heavens divine!!

Happy Christmas! :)

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Secret Agent Woman said...

Sweet.

Lady In Read said...

so totally captured the feel of the holiday choirs.. i loved it..
looking for my children in the midst of all those kids and listening to them sing is a wonderful gift.

Shawna said...

Ha! This is great:

"they sing
---Celtic Christmas carols
the girls with deeper voice than the boys
who squeak, ringing in the season"

This melted my heart:
"the bare edge
glow of the spotlight creeps into the crowd to find
every present i will ever need"

Happy holidays, friend.

christopher said...

Very touching...

All the best to you and your family.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Lovely!

Merry Christmas!

AJ Walker said...

Brian, I always feel unless I get in early, whatever comment of how much I've enjoyed your latest writing will get buried under the deluge of compliments you always get.

So, I will add mine to the pile (and try to make it sooner next time :)

Well done, I love the beginning, the way it flows to the middle and ends with such beauty.

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, trying to squeeze in a few minutes of blogging among all the preparations.;) Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas - thank you for your kindness and a great friendship in this past year.;))
xoxo

Raven said...

I could hear them singing. Brian thank you for your friendship. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas ... and a Happy New Year.

dsnake1 said...

Brian, here's wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas!

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

"Dashing through the snow.. In a one horse ...." Let the bells jingle through out for bringing happiness and prosperity to all... Gud wishes and Cheers!!!

The Empress said...

Blessings to you and your wonderful family, B.

I'm happy to know you, and thank you for your friendship.

Peace.

xo

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Annmarie Pipa said...

beautiful picture of Christmas!
blessings to you and your family.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oophs, this made me cry. So beautiful, Brian-- really.
Looking down the aisle and seeing every gift you'll ever need. Such a blessing.

Merry Christmas to you, T, the boys and your folks.

Cheers, jj

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Merry Christmas, brother. God bless you and yours and your oversized talent, your pal Mosk

Arron Shilling said...


Hey Brian,

the whole vibe of this piece is pitched with perfect tenor . . . leaning on religous reflection (but not to hard) . This section is key for me:

& with a great sigh, sees enough beauty has yet to be
and makes you, then gifts me

imagine that

. . . Great formatting . . .

the scene is set and explored in a voice i can relate to and feel at heart . . .

all the best Brian
to you and your peeps! :)

poeticlicensee said...

In re: comment at end of
"Poetics: It's no wonder I like ribs (Merry Christmas)"

Love is stronger. It just takes longer.

Happy Holidays to WaystationOne...