Sunday, February 3, 2013

after 48 hours

street art

my son notates his homework,
providing commentary on his brilliance

for instance, one reads:

"what a beautiful 'n'
a near perfect curve"

like a sportscaster, calling a pitch or:

"this sentence
says it all"

as if you could in one line
ending with an adamant period.
perhaps you can.

it's not arrogance
as far as i can tell,
he erases them
before tucking the sheet
away in his folder for the night

but if you are quick,
you can catch them
when he goes to the bathroom
or to get a drink

i like to think
he sees beauty in simple things
like the tractor outside the Golden Skillet,
chicken joint, just north of the Carolina line

not a modern mini one
but a great steel behemoth, 40,
50 years old, grass growing
round its hard black tires,
faint hints of rust, FOR SALE
sign painted by hand
in long strokes---

& i only an hour from home
when i'll see
him again.

I took the picture above on a side street wall off Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, NC. Traveling home today. See you soon as well. Smiles.

83 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Number one
what fun

natalee said...

Well I feel like Dorothy and the scarecrow.. because out of all my blog friends I missed you the most while I was away!!!!! Your stuff is amazing.. as usual!!!!

Pat Hatt said...

haha ones own commentary is grand
So fun to shout out across the land
Never know what they'll say
As he just has fun with his writing display
They way to be
Look at that a...ss er um donkey hahaha

Daniel said...

Seems like he has a bit of your view. That is a good thing it seems to me.

dsnake1 said...

solid poem about a member of your family. :)

Claudia said...

smiles..this is cool.. just like his dad me thinks..seeing beauty in the simple things.. i can imagine how happy you are to see them again and the tractor brought me back to my uncle's farm...loved to sit next to him on his old red mccormick when he was out in the fields, plowing and still the scent of diesel and soil fascinates me more than any perfume in the world..ha...smiles.. have a safe trip back

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

oh Sir Brian! i use to dream big, as in BIG... but it was learning to embrace again simplicity that I have made my life happier...

nice young man, as of his father!...

JJRod'z

Valerie said...

A chip of the old block... as they say. Your son, Brian, definitely thinks like you.

That's a nice piece of street art. Someone else with talent!

Grace said...

Love your son's notations, seeing beauty in simple things ~ They say if you want to know your influence over your children, read what they are writing or tucking in their sheets at night ~

Have a safe trip home Brian ~

Happy Sunday ~

otin said...

Was in Cary last night. lol

RMP said...

it seems ashamed that he erases them. maybe you should invest in post-it notes. than you/he can create a wall montage of his commentary.

Kelvin S.M. said...

...seeing beauty in simple things is what the world misses these days... or maybe we need someone like your son who could remind us of what we are missing in life... we can learn a lot from a simple talk, observations, laughter of a child...for their mind are innocent, fresh, unpretentious... the chicken joint thing made me smile... thanks...

Laurie Kolp said...

Ah... brought back sweet memories. My youngest used to love tractors. In fact when the others were in school (he was just 3), we'd venture out to find them. One time we pulled off the road to watch and I heard a tap on the window. One of my friend's hubby wanted to know if the car had broken down.

Annmarie Pipa said...

you must be smiling at the thought of your son.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Since he is the son of a true poet, I have no doubt that your son sees the beauty in the simple things.

JANU said...

Seeing through the children brings out a whole new perspective...growing up muddles up a whole lot of things, innocence being one. Delightful read.

Rebecca S. said...

I think you might have a poet there. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree sometimes. Have a good Sunday.

DJan said...

You are raising another one like you, it seems. A way with words and an appreciation like yours. :-)

Mark said...

Seeing beauty in the simple things is a rare and beautiful gift, especially these days. If he has it, I say encourage it.

Rachel said...

so beautiful and playful and full of life.

always love your work.

Geraldine said...

very nice Brian.

definitely not arrogance, this is great to read about your son.

so many kids lack confidence and that's not a good thing.

safe journey...

Adithya Shetty said...

Wonderfully written!

Betsy Brock said...

a near perfect curve...love it. :) If he sees beauty in the simple things, he will always be surrounded by loveliness!

safe travels!

Mama Zen said...

I love that your son does that!

Helen said...

I enjoyed this, love the way your son goes about the business of writing.

We almost moved to Chapel Hill way back in the mid-70s ... fell in love with the city, the university and the basketball!

You always manage to find the best 'street art.'

Wander said...

Brian...I like the over the shoulder perspective of this piece...

Mary said...

Like father like son....I am sure this makes you smile.
And that was also one grand street art find.

Victoria said...

To echo others, I see the beginning of a poet here, Brian. And I see a man for whom family is at the center.

hedgewitch said...

Interesting sidelight on the child-mind, playing teacher to himself, giving himself some strokes--I think we all need to do that more, within reason--the street art pic has just the right whimsicality to go perfectly with the poem. Safe travels, bri, and sorry to be so absent of late.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Brian, thanks for stopping by SLP. I still remember taking great pride in my penmanship when I was young. Now I realize it was OCD, but the fun side of it, where accomplishments are new and cool! What a sweet piece. You're a rockin' dad, you know. Amy

farawayinthesunshine said...

Children tend to imitate what they observe on a regular basis...I am sure he sees beauty in every day things...Could it be he observed you? ;-)

Have a safe trip back home

Leovi said...

Yes, if it is customary to aver the beauty of simple things, beauty is present in your life.

Myrna R. said...

Sounds like you were anxious to get home and see your son, and the whole family. Hope he does always notice and enjoy the simple things. There are so many complications in life. Be safe.

Friko said...

A true chip off the old block, able to see the poetry in small things.

Gloria said...

Love this, I think he has a lot of you LOL

Cloudia said...

that's a wonderful mind-set that will power him far! Careful not to interfere!!!!



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Cloudia said...

of course you Never would, Brian; no doubt your genes and your parenting and general vibe are the reasons he lives in that genial world - quite different from the bunker I needed to insulate me from my parent's neurosis.

Jen said...

I love that he does that. I bet he has beautiful handwriting.

Jen said...

To answer your question, there are several places in Florida and Texas where parakeets can be seen in the wild. There were at least seven in the park yesterday.

California Girl said...

Brian, I don't know if this is from your life or imagined but it is a wonderful, heartwarming image. I would have given much to see one or both of my sons feel that way about their school work. It brings back the angst I felt with each class, each grade, each report card.

Jannie Funster said...

He sounds HILARIOUS, that kid of yours!! Creative genius does run in the family.....

Get him watching American Pickers if he does not already. It is absolutely AMAZING the amount of old old old Americana that still exists in barns and warehouses, and (sometimes) living rooms all across this amazing bunch of States we live in.

xo

Green Speck said...

That's a wonderful kid ... and I love the fact that he sees beauty in simple things :-)

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

How cool that he does that! Sweet verse!

Shannon Lawrence said...

How cute! Simple pleasures certainly do not equate to simple minds. I love the little things. My writing is sloppy, so I notice if I write a letter particularly well. I'm glad he can delight in his small achievements.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

adeeyoyo said...

You are full of love for your son - fit to burst and it shows!

Marinela said...

This is so very beautiful verse. I have really enjoyed it

Anne Frank said...

your son is like someone i know....(you) x-D in spanish we say "saliĆ³ a ti" in the sense that he is able to see beauty in simple things, and so you do. =)

anthonynorth said...

A budding talent, already analysing his work. An excellent start to life.

Dave King said...

Ha, a chip off the old block, I'll be bound. And a great inspiration to his dad, obviously.

kaykuala said...

he erases them
before tucking the sheet
away in his folder for the night

This is a loss to mankind. We have thinkers with one-liners but kids doing the same and not retained? There is wisdom written all over from the examples but to sink into oblivion! An obligation spelled out here, Brian!

Hank

Sir Thomas of Sorbie said...

Its a good feeling to have about oneself! Smiles to you Brian and have a great week!

festivalking said...

Thumbs up Brian! :)

Elsie The Writer said...

What a joy! To be able to pass your talent and your passion to child.

SueAnn Lommler said...

I love that he notates his work!! Good for him and good that he has confidence in what he pens!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Pauline said...

Like father, like son.

AmyLK said...

So much like you! Travel safe....

Tara Miller said...

So sweet, I love his innocence and detail! Funny story....just last week he wrote a "beautiful M" in his own words but it should have been an "N". He asked me not to make him correct it because it was so beautiful. How could I say no to that!

Lorraine said...

He's awesome, just like his dad, how cool is that

ayala said...

Sweet..reminds me of Daniel :) So precious :)

ladyfi said...

He dreams big - I like that!

Jenny said...

It sounds like the apple did not fall far from the tree! Be safe traveling.

TALON said...

That is a cool drawing. I love when kids are 'creating' - they are so fully and completely immersed. :)

Susie Clevenger said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...and what an amazing tree that is. I love his comments. I love simple things too...I am intrigued by rusting metal. I photograph it often.

Paul said...

As a teacher and parent I'm aware that children need to feel good about who they are and what they are good at. You have a great way of putting ideas across in poetical form.

Sue said...

I LOVE that he does this. You made me smile this morning.

=)

Old Ollie said...

I think I'll make similar comments on my student's papers. - dig the art too.

Katherine Krige said...

there's something about hand-writing that is a beautiful thing. Glad he appreciates it. Wonder where he got that from? ;)

Alice Audrey said...

He must have an overwhelming need to express himself.

my heart's love songs said...

i LOVE that your son does that! don't let him catch you sneaking a peak though! {smile}

hope you had a wonderful weekend, Brian. have a great week.

jane hewey said...

he knows beauty. what more can you ask for in a person?

Grandmother said...

How wonderful that he can say good things about himself or what he makes, what he produces. It's so important that he can name the reasons to feel proud of himself. More important than you naming them or feeling proud.

manicddaily said...

A lovely portrait here both of the boy and tractor and old timey things (like love and boys and tractors.) k.

flaubert said...

This is marvelous in how you tell the tale, Brian. I hope your son does find beauty in the simple things, because they are so very important. I am late getting round to read, due to Candlemas, Super Bowl and today was a holiday, which means I had an excuse to be lazy. :)

Pamela

She Writes said...

Oh my gosh, I love that he does that!

Oh, ummm number 74 :). Not bragging ;).

KB said...

Perhaps he'll be a teacher and mark the work of others some day. Love it.

Vesper said...

"this sentence
says it all"

as if you could in one line
ending with an adamant period.
perhaps you can.


I love this, and how that last line sounds...

xoxo_grah said...

Your son is something, sir. I like it when you sneak out just to see his work. That is so sweet of you...:)


xx1

goldberrygreening said...

That was really sweet. As a poet, of course, you know... that it's all in how we see things...

Thank you for sharing!

Lydia said...

Well, that was sheer perfection, Brian.

Syd said...

So glad that you will be home and he will be happy to see you!

Kathe W. said...

what a sweet dad you are!Lovely just lovely

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

"i like to think
he sees beauty in simple things..."

Hi! Brian, after reading your son words I think he sees beauty in simple things too!

"I took the picture above on a side street wall off Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, NC..."
I like your picture "Street Art." Thanks, for sharing!
deedee :)

Sheila said...

I love old, simple things. In fact, it seems the simple things are always old. did you ever notice that?