Sunday, January 20, 2013

The song of winter


Four vultures perch at various levels on branches of the tree in my neighbors yard by the edge of the road. There is irony we call it them a committee. Another name for them is a venue. They are stark shadows on the grey white winter sky---spotters, while a fifth picks at an opossum, semi flattened on the asphalt.

The cookies n' cream mountains in the background see everything. Closer to the sun, they keep their snow, buffeted by the wind. Deer run between them, crossing the yards in our hood. I leave scraps, whatever is left from our meals in the yard. It does not stay long.

The vultures rotate place, great black winged angels preying. Already they have taken its face, as if to say its nothing personal or clear their conscience. They make due with what they find, indiscriminate. I'll admit, I am fascinated & few cars pass, disturbing them.

SKiischhhKshhhccccccck, my son knifes through the grit and ice on his snowboard down the back hill, up over a skateboard ramp he's packed snow around & at the apex, leaps, twists, lands, holds it for a second then tumbles head, feet, snow. He stands, pops loose and begins to climb, racing the climbing heat of the day-fast stealing his playground.

I sit lotus in a dish sled, skiscchlide, find the same ramp & and bang down awkward---crack, snapping the aged brittle plastic, spill & roll into the bite of ice in my beard. It feels good.

SkiischhhKshhhcccccck, ugh, thumpAbumThrashhhh, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, SkiischhhKshhhcccccck, ugh, thumpAbumThrashhhh, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH,
the vultures watch us, watch the road, watch their brother snap at breakfast ---anticipating lunch if we crash bad enough, maybe.

Sorry to disappoint, we strip layers at the door, our cheeks rosy, ready for hot chocolate & i, black coffee---content in our dis-content with ever playing opossum.

69 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

first first
with my burst

Pat Hatt said...

Those crows
Hoping to bite off your toes
That is just rude
As they give attitude
Nice capture with the melting playground too
You landing awkard would have been fun to view

Pat Hatt said...

Wow first and second and third
Is that what you call flipping mary and hank the bird?
Or eating crow
For being slow hahaha

kaykuala said...

A tad slow
It's # 4

Hank

Mark said...

It is kind of fascinating to watch animals scurry about, and humans for that matter. I love snow, but I'm not one for playing in it.

DJan said...

Vultures and snow: very clearly imaged in my mind. Having fun playing in the snow and now with words, Brian? I am having fun too! :-)

Grace said...

We call them a committee...the irony of the vultures but they have their place under the sun ~

I also like the sounds as your boy plays the snowboard ~ Hot chocolate sounds good to me ~

Keep warm and Happy Sunday ~

Tabor said...

Glad you did not feel self-conscious at the predators watching you. I did not realize that was the word for that swooshy crashy sound of a sled.

Susan said...

Irony cannot hold amid the physical and aural sensations of snow, ice, rush, plunge, and rosy cheeks. This one can only end in treats!

Gail said...

I enjoy your sounds of playdom and childhood.

JANU said...

Glad it was the opossum and not you!! Nice playful feel against the grim back drop.

turtlememoir said...

thanks for sharing a strip of your morning, sights, sounds, observations... you had me right there
loved the vultures as great black winged angels preying - brilliant & fine, fine writing, brian

Dick said...

No mountains in view from here, Brian, and we have red kites circling rather than vultures, but pretty much the same set of conditions all round!

Geraldine said...

It's good to take a time out and watch the critters do their thing. We can learn a lot from them at times too. Thanks for sharing another part of your world Brian.

PS: Skye (one of the authors of the meditation book) has responded to your comment at MRLR if you get a chance to stop by again. I appreciated her feedback. Yours too. :<)

Helen said...

Gave a big sigh at the end of this one ... supremely satisfying.

Myrna R. said...

Nice to play in the snow as nature's creatures watch bewildlered, then continue their purpose. Ah - the simple life.

Have a great Sunday Brian.

Wander said...

Brian...enjoy your snow!
We have the perfect area for sledding, yet no snow:-(

Betsy Brock said...

haha...may you never be a vulture's breakfast. :)

Claudia said...

think i never saw a vulture "in action" in real life, just in comics and movies when they sit & wait & talk to each other.. smiles..sounds like you had lots of fun in the snow..i like all the sounds and of course the coffee and hot chocolate in the closure..can i get one as well? smiles

Leovi said...

Yes, it's a pleasure to get inside winter fun song.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Tried to keep myself from reading esp blogs to keep my mind on to what i wanna do during my 5 weeks holiday with JC. I want to keep myself busy of showing him the biggest part of my life, my family and past... But i surely miss your writing Sir Brian. I always love jow uou narrate things. It is like reading a beautiful novel.

Hope you are having the best start of 2013!..

JJRod'z

Other Mary said...

Oh, really glad the crack was your plastic saucer and not your spine, lol. Great descriptions Brian...and isn't a group of vultures also called a congress? lol

Goofball said...

have fun playing in the snow!

real vultures? wow, never seen any in the wild

Laurie Kolp said...

There you go sitting lotus again... no seriously, this is beautiful writing, Brian... sounds like fun, too.

A Cuban In London said...

Beautiful images (yes, including the vultures). We're having snow here as well. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

anthonynorth said...

You certainly brought it to life. Great piece.

Daniel said...

A fitting compare and contrast presented today. Nice.

flaubert said...

Brian, this is really good. I love the thought of the vultures watching you and your sons at play.

Pamela

hedgewitch said...

The vultures, in committee--that's life as we know it, man. Lovin the snow in the beard--well, metaphorically speaking.

RMP said...

somehow, I doubt you're "sorry to disappoint." I like how you describe the mountains.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Oh that sounds like great winter fun!!!

kaykuala said...

Vultures are intimidating. Seeing them might just affect what's on the ground. Glad you held on to your own. Others can end up broken, let them be! Nicely Brian!

Hank

Mary said...

Ah, the dish sled! We used to call these 'flying saucers' if it is what I think it is. I enjoyed this write, Brian. Lots of detail brought to life.

Annmarie Pipa said...

fun fun fun...the kids bring the dog sledding..he runs down when they sled and tries to jump on the sled...and is the only time he ignores the other animals scurrying in the woods ...

Tara Miller said...

You have such keen awareness of everything around you, my love. I like how your descriptions always bring us into your moment. What a fun snowy day it was!

Rene Foran said...

cookies and cream mountains...love

and the dish sled sent me immediately to Christmas Vacation

Bingo

Whosyergurl said...

"Great black winged angels preying."
}}sigh{{
very thoughtful.
I'm trying to catch-up on my blog reading.
Cheryl

Slamdunk said...

Sounds like a blast Brian.

Though, I am glad it is your bones bouncing on the snow and ice and not mine--I know I am getting old when some of those falls make me groan now rather than laugh.

The Empress said...

Precious moments.

Sear them into your memory, right?

I worry so much about forgetting all the beautifulness in my life.

SOmedays, I practice remembering when each of mine were babies.

I don't want to forget. I close my eyes, and smell their smell, and brand these things into my brain.

uneven steven said...

great scene. nice descriptions. enjoyed this winter meditation :-)

Fred Rutherford said...

Nice Prose. Cookie n cream mountains, nice description. There's this hill about 12 miles from my house that in high school a bunch of us would go to with those circular sleds and go up and down the hill, it was a lot of fun, yeah, wiping out was fun as well. Unfortunately those days are behind me, my back would never take it anymore, so I'll live vicariously through others…smiles…Hot chocolate is always great, but the colder outside the better.

Lorraine said...

poor opposums or whatever it is you called them, crow on white makes a wnderful photo. Your son is lucky to have a dad like you

Shadow said...

what an amazing day! your sounds are so wonderful, your images superb, and black coffee i can always do with...

Zuzana said...

Dear Brian, there is nothing like finding your inner child - in company of your children.;) That hot chocolate afterwards reminds me of the moments after our seaside walk this weekend, can relate to the sentiments.;)
Have a great week dear friend, I am sorry for my absence, so much going on, packing and preparing for the move and commuting and trying to work - and enjoying life - at the same time.;)
xoxo

Valerie said...

SkiischhhKshhhcccccck, ugh, thumpAbumThrashhhh, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, SkiischhhKshhhcccccck, ugh, thumpAbumThrashhhh, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH,

Oh my, that is just hilarious, I even tried reading it out loud... grins. Loved this, Brian, what fun in the snow... wish I could share the youngsters' enthusiasm for it.

Dave King said...

Wow, there's so much in this to stimulate and excite - enough, almost, to tempt an old has-been like me out in the snow to try to emulate... worry not, I have techniques for overcoming such temptation!

SueAnn Lommler said...

What a wonderful journey you have taken me on in words and image and sound! Loved the trip
Hugs
SueAnn

^.^ said...

Wow, B ... I can see everything clearly with my mind's eye ... makes me remember my own childhood winterfun ... (Tip of the week 1960's style: Sliding in rubber boots on ice ... break a leg ... discover that casts slide,too :)

darsden said...

I feel them starring at me and it's sooo cold. :-)

Nessa said...

Love thinking of vultures as preying angels.

I am aching all over now.

dsnake1 said...

gave my senses a workout again. :)
great imagery.

ladyfi said...

Vultures in the snow - I'd love to see that! I love winter and all its related play.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I particularly loved the part about the vultures and possum. Such beauty to be found in nature.

Manicddaily said...

Ha. Glad you made it safely! k.

Tess @ Six Feet Under Blog said...

Winter is cold but pretty!

Alice Audrey said...

Excellent onomatopoeia. I love the way you leave the vultures hanging.

adeeyoyo said...

I love that you leave scraps around in that cold weather, Brian. You guys sound like you had a great time with all the SkiischhhKshhhcccccck, ugh, thumpAbumThrashhhh, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, SkiischhhKshhhcccccck, ugh, thumpAbumThrashhhh, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncH, cRuncHs. Glad no one got hurt. I had forgotten the expression 'playing opossum' - lovely.

Friko said...

An adventure in the snow. Who was watching whom?

Eva Gallant said...

I could see those "cookies and cream mountains" and envision the sledding! Such fun!

Lyn said...

I do so like the cookies and cream mountains..and angels preying...my, my...Don't play possum!!

my heart's love songs said...

i ADORE your sound effects, Brian! don't think i'd like having a "committee" of vultures that close, though.

have a wonderful week, my friend!

Luke Prater said...

content in our dis-content >> how much does this dig into The Human condition... it's particularly powerful as 'dis-content' rather than 'discontentment'.

The onomatopoeia, as ever, an evocative device used better than I think I ever could

happygirl said...

I love all that has to do with snow, spare shoveling and driving. :)

Sue said...

glad the vultures were disappointed...

;)

Secret Agent Woman said...

I have some resident vultures in the big dead tree at the edge of my yard. I have decided they are friendly.

Life with Kaishon said...

You are so good. Every time you pull me in and leave me wanting MORE! : )

I can just imagine the mountains, the ice in your beard and the watching birds of prey.

I wrote back in my comments but I don't know if you will see, so, I did not plan that cool bus advertisement. We were shooting at their alma matter and I happened to see this bus pull up on the street. I made them race across traffic for me just so we could incorporate this.

farawayinthesunshine said...

Never saw vultures in real life...Not sure how I would feel about seeing them from so close...Having a busy family time I see...Enjoy your week Brian :-)

Does your son likes soccer?

Jennifer Ratcliffe said...

"licking its lips. the mouse may
be little, but won't settle for chee-
sy easy rhymes, he's got teeth to nibble" love this bit, eautiful word play, great last lines too x

Syd said...

I remember snow sledding when I was a kid. It was great. No snow here though.