Sunday, February 17, 2013

circle, circle, dot, dot...ah, it's too late for cooties

photo by Eleaf

playing Rummy on the floor,
The Fray in concert on the TV
my wife drinks peppermint tea

they were all out
of our usual---spearmint
when i went to the store
this week

a bit sweet
for my taste

happiness is a kind
of madness

comes around like a cat
to scratch the door
when hungry,
beggars on Sunday
for faith enough
to believe the reality
                         of it

& a psychotic's scribbles
on the wall of their cell, perhaps
a big smile, put away
for their own good
  (on the wall)
     for their own good

or in notebooks,
while their wife takes another sip
& eyes them

i am doomed

but don't you dare
try and save me---think i'll
savor the taste of peppermint

though i haven't
taken a sip

69 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

#1

Optimistic Existentialist said...

HA FINALLY! Anyway, I love The Fray and haven't seen them for a while. I've never had spearmint tea though. I must try.

Gloria said...

happiness is a kind
of madness
This is true dear Brian, but enjoy the happiness lapsus are moments you know, enjoy anyway you can drink coffe LOL
I love tea:)

CiCi said...

Sounds like an endearing morning sipping tea with your wife as life in other places for other people may not be as peaceful. Since I have personal experience with people put away for their own good, I think of those and know they are still very dear to me. Let's drink a sip of tea to those of us who are not able to keep their thought process rational. Have a super day, Brian.

California Girl said...

your poetry is honed and beautiful. I hear a bit of Sandburg in this.

Gail said...

"Happiness is a kind of madness" and I know the truth of that.

Fantastic job of making ordinary life a magical place to be.

Mama Zen said...

"happiness is a kind
of madness"

I love that.

manicddaily said...

Ha- happiness is a kind of peppermint!

A very sweet poem, not too sweet for my taste. k.

Grace said...

I like the circling back to the peppermint tea ~ The reality is oftentimes more filling than psychotic scribbling ~

But I will take happiness, even if its kind of madness ~ Smiles ~

Happy Sunday to you ~

Claudia said...

nice...this is a fun write...happiness is a kind of madness.. and hits us in the most unexpected moments..smiles..i like the warmth and tender craziness in this..smiles

dsnake1 said...

a fun write, enjoyed it.

i used to play rummy on the floor too. easier to see the cards if there are many players. :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I like that kind of madness. :)

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

"i am doomed,but don't you dare
try and save me---think i'll
savor the taste of peppermint
though i haven't
taken a sip"


Hi! Brian...
Thanks, for sharing the photo by Eleaf and a"moment" through your poetic words with your readers... too!
deedee :)

Mark said...

Happiness can be like madness, but madness makes me happy.

martine said...

love the way it circles round on itself, wonderful rhythm
thanks for sharing
martine

wovendreamsprompts said...

I'm a big fan of spearmint too.

And sigh...is there still talk of cooties these days?

You bring so many thoughts and memories to mind, when I stop in.

Happy Week Brian, G

Myrna R. said...

I wouldn't dream of trying to save you though your scribbles are anything but psychotic. I think of them as the thoughts of someone who sees the world and feels it thoroughly. Enjoy your tea. Be happy.

Pat Hatt said...

The cat is mad
So happiness must be had
Yeah too late
For cooties at this date
So drink away
Never tried either tea at my bay
Might be good for the tummy
And been a while since I played rummy

Laurie Kolp said...

Aww... savoring without a sip. I like that.

ND Mitchell said...

I enjoy a bit of rummy, the fray and peppermint tea so you hooked me straight away :-)

izzy said...

Happiness can be a kind of madness-
(it got me into a lot of trouble as a youth,teen,and twentys)Especially when I got into the maniacal laughter-the contagious kind- Whhhew...

Green Speck said...

"happiness is a kind
of madness

comes around like a cat
to scratch the door
when hungry,
beggars on Sunday
for faith enough
to believe the reality
of it"

You always take me to your world of words !!!

DJan said...

It's NEVER too late for cooties! :-)

kaykuala said...

put away
for their own good

The psychopaths couldn't think for themselves. That's why they had to stay in for their own good! How true! Nicely Brian!

Hank

ayala said...

Happiness is a kind of madness and yes savor it.

farawayinthesunshine said...

the last sentence is so full of promises...Enjoy your happiness :-)

Still very weak...will try to post today, thank you for your concern...It means a lot Brian

anthonynorth said...

I agree about happiness - but a nice kind.

Betsy Brock said...

haha..yeah, and I bet you don't complain about it being too sweet, either! :)

Tara Miller said...

Yes, but my eyes on you didn't prevent you from beating me at rummy....again!! heehee this was a fun read my love.

. said...

I'll have a spot of tea with you anytime, B ... any tea will do ...

John DeBillis said...

Madness sure is a state of mind, wish I still had mine.

Daniel said...

Each of us seems to find our happiness in different circumstances, or in some cases, the same circumstances. (smiles)

Linda Rogers said...

What a great poem on the things that can make a person happy. Music, tea, a spouse, etc..beautifully written Brian.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I like peppermint tea. And I've never been one to fret over cooties.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

happiness is a kind of madness--what a fabulous line--what a fabulous truth

Syd said...

Ha--good one. Savor that peppermint on those lips.

adeeyoyo said...

Hahaha, I can't imagine peppermint tea, but everything's in the mind! 'happiness is a kind of madness' but nice just the same,lol.

Btw ROTFLMAO = rolling on the floor laughing my ass off.

Mary said...

This is nice, Brian! Peppermint IS one of those flavors that one can definitely savor from afar, I think. And it l-a-s-t-s a long time! Smiles!

Steve E said...

All the goodies you give us here Brian, and I zroed in on the last line(s):

"i am doomed,but don't you dare
try and save me---think i'll
savor the taste of peppermint
though i haven't
taken a sip"

POEM TITLE for future:

I am Doomed, not Gloomed
(Don't you dare try to Save Me)
LOVE it!

JANU said...

I like the happiness which is a kind of mad...you lost the game?

Cloudia said...

anticipated kiss. Nice job.



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Leovi said...

A beautiful poem. Delicious. I want to be scratched by happiness.

Fred Rutherford said...

like the way you tied this all together with the tea. Never tried either type, peppermint sounds too strong for my taste, but spearmint sounds intriguing. Love the happiness is a kind of madness analogy and really like the metaphor you raise right after introducing it. Great read brian. Thanks

Valerie said...

happiness is a kind
of madness

comes around like a cat
to scratch the door
when hungry,
beggars on Sunday
for faith enough
to believe the reality
of it

I loved that section, Brian. Hmm I think I'm drinking the wrong tea... lemon and ginger is my tipple.... grins.

Dave King said...

happiness is a kind
of madness

comes around like a cat
to scratch the door
when hungry,
beggars on Sunday
for faith enough
to believe the reality
of it

These few lines left me thinking deeply, as did others in their turn. You caver a lot of ground and give it plenty depth. Thanks.

odyzz said...

Beautiful flavor to savor....
I too love the same -
Happiness is a kind of madness..
true.

Lorraine said...

I don't need to save you but you are definetely worth protecting, and you beautiful wife knows it, peppermint tea :)

SueAnn Lommler said...

Savoring peppermint through the lips of another is the best!
Sweet turn of phrase...loved this
Sexy and romantic with a touch of pepper!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Pat said...

Sounds like a great relaxing Sunday!

Kelvin S.M. said...

...sounds like a bit of a lazy sunday Brian... happiness is a kind of madness --- ha.. it's actually the level one and going in there... but for sure i prefer madness quite a lot than happiness... smiles...

ladyfi said...

Beautifully written!

RMP said...

I'm not sur about the tea, but I'll take a bit of this madness you describe.

Alice Audrey said...

LOL. Love, sweet crazy love. It can be unnerving it's so good.

Margaret said...

like a cat
to scratch the door
when hungry,
beggars on Sunday
for faith enough
to believe


Just so awesome! madness and a bit of lounging ;) and such an act of love to run out and get that peppermint flavored tea. My husband often makes a mad dash in the mornings for my favorite coffee creamer ... Now THAT is love :)

Jenny said...

Brian....so nicely written. Lemon flavored green tea is my choice...and yes.... love is a kind of madness, but a good kind!

The Empress said...

Love seems to be feast or famine: all over you, and you grasping for just one more moment.


Lovely. in a crazy way that I understand.

xo

Zouxzoux said...

"happiness is a kind
of madness

comes around like a cat
to scratch the door
when hungry"

I love when a poet comes up with original and unique thoughts like this one. Just great, Brian!
My tea of choice is green tea - you should try it. nomnom

Sue said...

i am doomed

but don't you dare
try and save me

(love that)

=)

Lyn said...

So true...basically one shouldn't be saved from their own life...else, what's the point of karma?? Original,the best kind of maddness here!

poeticponderings said...

Happiness is a kind of madness...

I love that line! I know exactly how that feels! Haha!

Friko said...

yes, yes, yes, that’s it exactly.
you can keep the big moments, give me the peppermint tea ones ay day.

Jen said...

Does she have to wonder what you scribble, or do you share?

Archna Sharma said...
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Archna Sharma said...

Hi, what a wild yet comforting scribble to come to after some time. I certainly missed the way you make waves out of words.

I think it's a good mix: tea and madness. I prefer peppermint over spearmint and I do believe that happiness is fed with passion and passion(and perhaps too much peppermint) may lead to madness.

flaubert said...

Brian, this comes together beautifully. Lovely poem. I could picture you all sitting round and now I want some tea ;)

Pamela

Lolamouse said...

I prefer peppermint but whatever it takes to get to the "madness" of happiness! Lovely poem, Brian.

Hilary said...

I can smell the mint from here. No wait.. that's my tea steeping.

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

love poems are never too sweet for my taste :) Really like this, B - K

Vicki Lane said...

Happiness is a kind of madness -- so true!