Monday, January 14, 2013

for the greater good

African grave marker, City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA

tonight,
it's blind man's bluff,
my wife
blindfolded, fumbling
in the dark
while we dance
 here & there, off her
            finger tips

when suddenly, she lunges, right
              into a wall,
taking out a lamp
              in the process
  
forget the snickers,
we laugh

deep & long---
        30 seconds
& we're all caught,
cause we can't
                stop

she plays dirty like that

slipping me $20 later,
the last of her Christmas,
for gas, still
two days from payday
        in this, life's
                  game.


 Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. 
Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. 
Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.
                                                                         ~Sai Baba  

blind man's bluff if another game we play in the evenings, kinda like tag except the 'it' is blindfolded.

60 comments:

sage said...

I'm first, but not sure what to say about the intimate secrets of your home... But laughter is good and no one was hurt except the lamp and her billfold.

the walking man said...

Dancing in the dark and then getting the last 20 in the house...yep that is us old folks too. It is how you make it through the years.

Anne said...

The exchange of money made me wonder if you two didn't play a different kind of game after the kiddies went to bed :)

Write that poem tomorrow Brian,,,,

Neva Flores said...

sounds like a happy home :)

Mary said...

Ha, sometimes the only thing one can do is to laugh!!! (Sounds like a wild night!!)

kaykuala said...

Fun and games a little and it's therapeutic, that's the bonus. It's also the bond that binds! Thanks for sharing Brian!

Hank

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I remember that game from childhood. It's really fun!

JANU said...

Games are always fun. Great capture here.

Mark said...

I don't think I've ever actually played blind man's bluff, but I would end up laughing if someone hit a wall.

DJan said...

That's funny! I haven't played BMB for years, but I remember it was fun. :-)

Pat Hatt said...

Never played that one
Sounds like fun
And maybe dangerous as well
But what the hell
And money from winning
Or later were you umm sinning haha

SueAnn Lommler said...

Now that is true love! Gas Money..so sweet of her.
Love the fact that your guys play games. Keeps one young,
Nicely put Brian
Hugs
SueAnn

Betsy Brock said...

Ah, fun!

Drive slow and make that $20 last! :)

I love those bottle trees but have never heard of them marking any grave...couldn't even find it on Google.

Grace said...

This is a nice surprise...playing games definitely makes it more fun and refreshing ~ And that quote is precious ~

Have a good Monday ~

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Nothing quite like family fun and games. Good times :)

Slamdunk said...

You two are brave. Our house gets enough damage with 3 kids running through on a daily basis. With my clumsiness, it would be all over here if that dimension was added.

Jenny said...

Sounds like fun....and maybe dirty...who cares....enjoy every minute while you can.

Myrna R. said...

Love this Brian. This was my favorite game. In Puerto Rico the name translates to "The little blind chicken". Nice that you quote a sage. Beautiful thoughts. Too bad we don't always live this way - playing at life. I remember too when we'd have to scrounge around for the last few dollars in the house. I was grateful too for family, for the little money and for love. Glad you have that.

Daniel said...

Living life with gusto and elan - I could learn a thing or two from your approach.

ds said...

laughter, games and complete understanding, ahh...

Tara Miller said...

Yes, I'm sure my bump into the wall was very amusing, my love. It was all part of my strategy to capture every last one of you....that's my story and I'm stickin to it. heehee.

I love the quote you gave us today and love you too ;)

ladyfi said...

Sounds like fun!

Grandmother said...

I love those kind of laughs that come from playing together and being tickled by what happens in the process- no better feeling!

rosaria williams said...

"She plays dirty like that."
It's a beautiful balance this dance you both play, trying to stay sane, even confusing the other, enveloping him in mystery, to stay alive, to crack the wall of life, the needs that are not easily met, even with Christmas money.

A simple poem, full of portents!

Lisa Golden said...

I love it when your wife responds to these snapshots of life.

Eva Gallant said...

As long as there is laughter, there will be love.

Eva Gallant said...

As long as there is laughter, there will be love.

Claudia said...

what fun...and she had a good strategy as well..ha - enjoying the game of life and facing the difficult things with laughter..singing life's song..i like

Green Speck said...

This is cute ... keep laughing and smiling :-)

Nessa said...

A wonderful peek into your livingroom.

hedgewitch said...

Laughing really feels good--so does being loved enough to get someone's last twenty. You're a lucky man, bri. Thanks for sharing your riches with us.

Sue said...

Aw, I love that she gave you the last of her Christmas money for gas.

=)

Lyn said...

Never too late for a game, forever young!!

Kim Nelson said...

The old adage, "Families that play together stay together" is true. You seem to have a handle on that.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

such a wonderful capture of a beautifully intimate moment of love

flaubert said...

Life is too short not to have fun, Brian. As always your writing makes me smile. You have such a gift for the "slice of life" writing.

Pamela

ayala said...

I am smiling.... sweet life, sweet wife . :)

Alice Audrey said...

You all have all kinds of fun without money. Makes for a richer family life.

Mr. Charleston said...

I was going to say you should stick to spin the bottle but, I never got $20 for playing it.

Annmarie Pipa said...

sounds like fun!!!

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

"Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.~Sai Baba "

Hi! Brian...
It seems like you and Mrs.[Tara} Miller, have heeded Sai Baba's word as you described very vividly, the games you play in your poetic words through your poem:"for the greater good"

[Thanks for sharing the image...African grave marker, City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA ]

RMP said...

I'd say you all deserved to be caught for laughing. a lovely piece.

adeeyoyo said...

I am so glad you have fun in your house. Love the Sai Baba quote. I'm sure that is how we should live!

manicddaily said...

Very sweet poem, and thanks for the Sai Baba. You know I've never followed him, but I have some friends that were very involved when he was living and they just loved him.

This is so sweet though - it is great fun to play physical-ish games as a family - thanks for sharing that fun with us - the loans too. All part of life - the bluff and winning, prat falls and rewards. k.

farawayinthesunshine said...

...I can hear the laughter...and I can see the love :-)

my heart's love songs said...

i don't know how anyone can afford to raise children anymore! but the memories you're giving your boys with the family activities and games you've been describing are priceless!

have a wonderful week, Brian!

Kelvin S.M. said...

...blindfolded dancing in the dark...what fun... to play in the dark with a darker shade... never seen dad & mum in such a naughty play... smiles... your accompanying photo was a bit confusing... just sayin'...

Lorraine said...

LOL this is hilarious so much fun, I Love it, gosh she's the perfect woman for you all right....

I have to ask what's with'I'm first' is there a gift involved.

Valerie said...

Such fun. Laughter is so precious, it beats every other kind of so-called cure! Never heard of the African grave markers before. Happy Tuesday. Brian.

Dave King said...

I had thoughts similar to Anne's - though I guess hers would have been a BIT more respectable than mine! Intriguing though.

Jen Chandler said...

Love it! A great laugh is one of the greatest joys of life, especially when you can share it with people you love.

Hope your wife and the lamp made it out unscathed :)

Jen

Pat said...

Oh you crazy kids! That sounds like fun!

The picture is of a "bottle tree" thought to keep away spirits. I guess you capture the spirits in the bottles so they won't bother you.

Helen said...

You are doomed! Doomed to a long life filled with love, fun, games, laughter. To be so lucky ....

mywordwall said...

You gave a beautiful picture of happy married life here - the joys and trials, and joy in trial. :-)
One thing about your poems is that they are always very real and human. They always connect. :-)

Katherine said...

I love that story...Dancing in the Dark sounds good, but couple that with laughter and you've got something that memories are made of. I love the quote you've shared at your closing.

sreeja harikrishnan said...

Lovely.....

Margaret said...

Played strip poker once with my husband... I turned around and before I knew it, all his clothes were off. (I tried to explain that is NOT the way the game is played...)

Goofball said...

cracking up in laughter over something that might not even been funny but in fact is funny after all


aaah the release that brings, you get to enjoy that for the rest of the day!

(so maybe you should play the games in the morning, not in the evening )

Syd said...

Lots of bottle trees down here. Trees with leaves of cobalt blue glass are to catch "haints" and evil spirits prowling after dark. At dusk spirits enter the bottle but cannot escape. In the morning the sunlight heats the bottle and vaporizes the spirits. Pretty cool stuff.

Nice that you have games in the evening that bring you close together.

Sheila said...

dodgeball, blindfold tag...what fun at your house! as it should be...smiles.