Monday, February 25, 2013

OpenLinkNight: i'M adLib-ing the MadNess

random art @ Target

gimme an:

      adjective
      noun
      adverb
      body part
      verb
      day of the week
      color
      noun

the list
goes on
as we
          scribbleScribblEscribble
in ink, not pencil, cause you'll never
get back this moment

constructing MAD LIBS
& it's aLLways funny, after
you fill in the blanks
not knowing the context

the handsome cat stinks
through the purple garden on tuesday ---
air, the scent of peanut butter

i have all the answers
filling in spaces
to a story i can't see

luckily,
my pen is
still working

& sometimes

sometimes
you just have to laugh
at life.

Over @ dVerse Poets it's....OpenLinkNight....a poetic explosion of words and verse...so go write something...bring it to the party...and have fun mingling with some of the most amazing people. Doors open at 3 pm EST.

129 comments:

hedgewitch said...

I see you finally decided to turn yourself into one of those random poetry generators, eh? Sometimes that seems like the way to go. I've written a few that definitely felt like word-yahtzee.Still, couldn't agree more, that laughing is frequently the sanest choice.

hedgewitch said...

Good grief, I was first?? Is this the endtimes, or what?

She Writes said...

hah! I have never done one of those, but that was pretty funny :).

Claudia said...

a lot of things to like here..starts with the title..ha..then the scribbling in ink cause of never getting back the moment.. the part of filling in the blanks without knowing the context carries a double metaphor for me..it makes me think of people who have all the answers without knowing the whole story and also the boldness of writing life without knowing everything, bravely tackling it..and yeah..sometimes just laugh at it..a healthy thing to do..smiles

Hilary said...

My kidlets loved the mad libs when they were little.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Funny and so true, that we never get the moment back. Lucky indeed that the pen still works. Sometimes laughing is the only way to cope with things that are overwhelming

farawayinthesunshine said...

Fun with words...:-) interesting the stories that just show up...without us knowing

Poet Laundry said...

This is fun Brian and I like your point. And Mad Libs! We used to do those all the time. They used to be quite good for a laugh...think I'm going to have to pick some up!

Mary said...

What fun. I have not played mad limbs in a long time. We always used to play on car trips. I will have to look for a book and play with my grands. Glad you enjoyed and laughed.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

LOL! I used to love Mad Libs as a kid ... and not just because I share it's first name.

Lorraine said...

You are so right, you have to laugh, it's too ridiculous not too, bravo my friend

Valerie said...

sometimes
you just have to laugh
at life.

So very true, Brian.

JANU said...

Never knew a Mad lib...but, yeah, taking life not seriously and laughing at it makes it easier to live.

Shadow said...

"in pen... cause you'll never get this moment back" - love the feel of that!!!

as for your purple tuesday garden, superb!!!!

Mark said...

I've never really done ad libs before. The few times I have, I've found it hard to resist some urges. They're just something I'd have to seek out, and while I enjoy them, it isn't enough to do that.

John DeBellis said...

Laugh all you can as it's a mad mad mad mad world.

Elsie Amata said...

Mad Libs rock! We still do them with my daughter and she's 13. We found some in her desk over the weekend, Halloween themed W00t!!

manicddaily said...

Hey Brian-- I thought you were writing about prompts! Could be. You manage to say a lot with your words. K.

Dave King said...

Yes, I was really taken by this. The slightly mysterious start (Where's this going?)Then

the handsome cat stinks
through the purple garden on tuesday ---
air, the scent of peanut butter

Very clever, kept on my toes.

kaykuala said...

Nice to laugh 'cause it's far easier to cry. There're less things to laugh about. It's a greater challenge. Nicely Brian!

Hank

Daniel said...

You just have to try to do the best you can when life throws a "blank" at you. (smiles)

Pauline said...

I read it through three times and I'm still smiling. This poem is a micro slice of macro life.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I cannot believe I never played mad libs!!! I should have my citizenship revoked.

Grace said...

Don't you just love it when the words can playfully string together, and viola, out comes out a poem? Smiles ~ I like the ad-libbing, I think we pretty much learn life this way ~

Happy Tuesday ~

DJan said...

I do like your word play, Brian. You are pretty uninhibited with your use of words, I like it! :-)

Pat Hatt said...

haha stringing a bunch together
Work in any weather
Purple gardens too
If the cat eats the flowers there will be purple umm kangroos

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

"i have all the answers
filling in spaces
to a story i can't see..."

Hi! Brian...
Tks,4 sharing the image random art @ Target and Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with ad Lib-ing when it comes to poetry and it use, but I agree with your poetic words 100% here:
"luckily,
my pen is
still working..."

deedee :-/

Leovi said...

Yes, a waterfall linguistic fun.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I can't even tell you how many of those I did as a child. Love 'em!

Natasha Head said...

Ha! Like you didn't know the title alone would lure me :D Awesome play, wordweaver...and feeling a little of that rhythm too...I love purple and cats...the stink I could do without ;)

ayala said...

I've done that with Daniel and we always laugh at the results..:) as to laughing I am all for that. Laughter is a cure :)

Tara Miller said...

A constant in our house! Isn't it true....laughter is the best medicine. ;)

TALON said...

I loved this, Brian. Life can be hilarious, for sure. And thank heavens because we definitely need to balance out the sorrows!

Eva Gallant said...

Sometimes all you can do is laugh!

Zouxzoux said...

You're so creative. Could you rub some of that off on me cuz I'm so not feeling it lately.....

Stephanie said...

Oh I love it!! (and yes, sometimes you just have to laugh)

Neva Flores said...

Thanks for this one Brian....I am inspired, to do something off the chain. Love it.

rumoursofrhyme said...

I did this last week - a stack of books and some maths dice to decide noun, adjective or verb, and which page number to find it on. Somtimes it works really well. The poem I wrote with the 11 words I got that way is here: http://rumoursofrhyme.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/2nd-july-1916/

Must try that again sometime :-)

happygirl said...

hahaha, MadLibs. I remember doing them with my son to try to encourage reading and writing. I love the way you put this one together.

Alice Audrey said...

Mad Libs aren't as funny after the fiftieth or sixtieth in a row, though. :)

rosaria williams said...

AHHHHH! Funny that the pen knows not where she's going most of the time; yet, it finds its way to the point!

Susan Daniels said...

Perfect! I LOVE Mad libs.

Brudberg said...

Oh yes, was a student also a long time ago... Learning grammar.. No pens available on my iPad :-)

Linda Kruschke said...

An ode to Mad Libs - nice. I have to say, though, that I've done some unfunny Mad Libs before. Some adjectives, nouns, and verbs are just funnier than others. Peace, Linda

Laura said...

delightful Brian... laugh we must!

moonlitpoetic said...

makes me smile :) love this, Brian.

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

Brian, I am pretty sure this is the way all my writing works, take that word and that, mix in a little of that and write it in ink cause that makes it a poem. *smile* they might all be Mad Libs after all! K

Steve E said...

On different sides of the wall this day, you and I--who got SOoo serioso!

Never played that "game", but WILL now! I keep 3 pens in my pocket.

Hey I accidentally posted twice...#12 and #20 Could you get rid od # 20, or whatever? PLEASE?

Robert Gibson said...

Definitely had a laugh at this :) LOVED IT :D

tino11 said...

I laugh at life every day, problem is, the bastard keeps laughing back ;-)
With the advent of computers, I seem to have forgotten how to write with a real pen.
A very enjoyable little romp today, thanks for raising a smile.

Dana Dampier said...

Laughing at life is very important to remember... if not, negativity and sadness can set in.

I loved doing MadLibs as a little girl. My friends and I would laugh for hours!

Lincoln Freemont said...

This was such a fun piece! I still do mad libs with my daughter. Some things just never get old!

anthonynorth said...

Mad Lib - I'll have to try that. Nice.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I gave my 23 year old some mad libs in her Christmas stocking this year--and we all played again! It was still a gas! Thanks for bringing back memories!

Apryl Gonzales Sweet said...

You're absolutely right, laughing at life is essential. and I have 3 pens and 2 notebooks at my side as we speak, I'm right there with ya Brian, great write!

Tracy Kuhn Greenlee said...

beautifully fun, and creatively enticing to make me smile....thank you Brian...

Addie P. Abbott said...

haha that was a good one man! I really enjoyed reading that! CHeers

Louise said...

lol...yep, either laugh or cry, and laughing is better ...fun poem :)

Yiota Luyu Ladybird said...

Yes, you have to laugh at life, more than just sometimes :) great one, Brian :)

lori mcclure said...

I was recently trying to share the joy of Mad Libs with my kids. Not sure they were as entertained by them as I was, but hey, I've got nostalgia on my side. This was fun. Thanks for the real life smile. It's not just a virtual one :)

Dawn Paoletta said...

But seriously we are hard core Mad libbers in this house! ;)

Mametz said...

Because your never get back this moment - excellent line and great feeling. Time steals everything.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

[greeting] Brian,

This was an [adjective] poem! I [verb past tense] it! Thanks for being a [noun] that I really [verb].

(answers: excellent, loved, poet, admire.)

Great fun, Mosk

cloudfactor5 said...

The art of the art is the crux of the biscuit, your ending sums it all up brilliantly !!

Stan Ski said...

... and sometimes you just have to laugh anyway... :D

FrankandMary said...

Laughing at life is infinitely satisfying.

I need all my body parts right now, but if that ever changes, I'll give you one. ~Mary

pandamoniumcat said...

I used love working with the kids in class on these activities and silly sentences, they'd just write what they thought was cool whether it made sense or not, it was always great fun, and the essence of writing is at first to have fun, so who cares if it makes sense. Loved this!

marousia said...

Love this Brian - these lines are cool:

scribbleScribblEscribble
in ink, not pencil, cause you'll never
get back this moment

Kimolisa said...

Such a fun read. Can't help but smile.

Glenn Buttkus said...

There is nothing more dangerous than a person with a tiny bit of expertise, for from that-ersatz knowledge is blossomed, fertile soil for bigotry & blarney. Loved the
poem, sir; might try the MadLib form myself, one of these days.

Victoria said...

Enjoyed the flow of this, Brian. And the fun you must have had writing it!

Rachel Hoyt said...

Awesome! I love mad libs. I did some less than a year ago at a bachelorette party that had us all in tears we were laughing so hard. :P

poeticlicensee said...

Peanut butter, build buster...

Bodhirose said...

I'll have to investigate those Mad Libs...don't know what they are but they sound fun. Thanks for a fun write yet one that carries some real depth too...in the context of what we choose...

Timoteo said...

You know, that makes a lovely haiku--and if you've ever been around people who are eating peanut butter, the air definitely reeks with it.

mbalmedpoet said...

Ha! I like this Brian!

Matthew Andrako said...

Sounds a lot like how I write poetry, Brian, lol. I find myself furiously writing lines, scribbles, very chaotic and mad. Sometimes, the lines never come together. Still an act of art, a meditation. The feelings are floating around in our minds as impressions, but the poem we pour out of a word blender is sometimes a laugh or intriguing exercise.

Truedessa said...

Hi Brian,

My first view for the night and this brought a smile to my face as sometimes you just have to laugh..love it..entertaining!

scotthastiepoet said...

"the handsome cat stinks
through the purple garden on tuesday ---
air, the scent of peanut butter"

Beautiful madness, Brian...

Gretchen Leary said...

Mad libs are a lot of fun (although I'm not a big fan of games in general) Glad to see a light hearted poem from you. (Smiles)

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Phew! I think you do have all the answers.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Phew! I think you do have all the answers.

henry clemmons said...

Yes, sometimes a good laugh at circumstance is a very good thing. I like the shorter lines this go, the tempo. Very nice!

mrs mediocrity said...

Oh, the memories... My brothers and sister and I spent entire summers mad libbing.....and how can you help but smile? Most days, laughter is the best way to go.... Smiles.

Ginny Brannan said...

Never played the game, but it sure makes for a fun little piece to read! Enjoyed this Brian, keep that pen working!

Eusebia Philotes said...

Lots of fun, Brian. Life with a wry smile works.

turtlememoir said...

madlibbing's always good for a laugh... and lord knows, we need a good laugh

Hudson Howl said...

i'M adLib-ing the MadNess, ah then a impressionist you are. I know people who live their life like this. Secret to something like this is not to get hung up on the words.

Heidi said...

Sweet and funny poem, and I am growing more and more impatient for my kids to get old enough to play MadLibs!

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Jen said...

I used to love those mad libs! I never used pencil, either.

sheila said...

what a great philosophy and metaphor for life. It is the moments, the chances we take, and the chuckling at our mistakes sometimes...not to take things so seriously that makes it fun.

lucychili said...

rambling
curry
sweetly
elbow
listen
today
indigo
rain

great whimsy and word adventure =)

Arron Shilling said...


The flow! sometimes you've gotta just let the words do the walking and talking . . . i love words and the way we construct them into something meaningful in the same way we see faces in blots - we are cypher . . . but i just wanna say thanks for making me think of the smell of peanut butter . . . made my nose twitch nostalgia for a toaster! cheers brian

colleen said...

That mad lib sure sounds like poetry.

Anna Montgomery said...

Haha, adlibing the madness sounds like a recipe for sanity. We just did the Madlibs Ninja edition and again there's some delight in not knowing what you'll get out of context. Joy is too funny on the reference to endtimes.

indieflower said...

I love Mad Libs, and laughing at life. Great message.

Kodjo Deynoo said...

Yes sometimes you just have to laugh at life..Brian you will be one of the few people I would love to meet in person on my bucket list including the Dalai Lama, over a beer and a discussion of the philosophy of life

rashmenon said...

that felt wild and fun :)

Fred Rutherford said...

wow, they still make those. I remember doing them all the time back as a kid, in school we use to sit around the cafeteria in like seventh and eight grade and all come up with the answers then compare. Was a lot of fun. Nicely done Brian. Awesome job of rekindling some fond memories. Might have to go check out the magazine rack at the supermarket tomorrow to see If I can't find a mad libs magazine for myself now.

vivinfrance said...

This poem really cheered me up. I shall not forget mad libs in a hurry!

Dick said...

Poet as standup, Brian!

Celestial Dreamz said...

oh yesss :-) wow loved it!

glittertheair said...

I don't think I have ever played Mad Libs, however I do love the fact that ink is permanent. No matter what you do, even if you use white out, it will always be there :)

flaubert said...

Brian, I have done a similar exercise with my students in the past, it is interesting to see the results, especially going from Spanish to English. I enjoyed this poem.

Pamela

Jyoti Mishra said...

Definitely...
at some point we all have to laugh.. otherwise it won't be easy..

loved this
filling in spaces
to a story i can't see

lovemorestudio said...

Light and fun-- what a great time I had as a kid doing hours worth of madlibs in a single sitting. Thanks for the memory. ~peace, Jason

Marbles in My Pocket said...

What? That's not how we're supposed to do it?? Dang! I knew I should have read the instructions!
Love this, Brian!

Myrna R. said...

So that's how you write.
I know that's how we live. We fill in the blanks and hope it will all go well, be fun and then sometimes we laugh. Great instigator of thought, this poem. All your poems are.

kolembo said...

Super! Had me screeching! Air, the scent of peanut butter. Glorious.

festivalking said...

You never seize to amaze Sir Brian Miller!

Great poem :)

James Rainsford said...

The variety of your work never ceases to amaze Brian. This is another, which I find intriguing. Great job!

kkkkaty said...

pleading ignorant here about mad libs so will look it up..I play scrabble and hangman or do crosswords sometimes...is that close? Anyway, the premise is not lost on me..nice to look at the lighter side of writing.

mywordwall said...

We had fun filling out the madlibs...

and until now, i had not thought of madlibs as a metaphor for life. :-)

Frank Watson said...

I used to love playing those games

Semaphore said...

I always thought, that in your brevity, strong imagery, and subtle humor or pathos, you reminded me of William Carlos Williams. For me, this poem underlines it.

C Rose said...

this read like Through the Looking Glass magic...was lovely to flow through. send peace ~ Rose

Renee said...

They tell me it's what I do best..."laugh at life". Love what you've done.

Akila G said...

Keep it on, Brian. Nothing wields words better than a pen!! Rave, rant, introspect and a gamut of expressions possible through the pen to emote!

adeeyoyo said...

Love the 'mad libs'! It's like when you're falling asleep and your mind fills with bits and bobs...

Divya said...

quite of poetic explosion here :)

ninotaziz said...

I think I will give a go at Mad Libs this weekend with the girls...

Sadia Khan said...

I am in love with the ease with which your poetry flows....n it flows to every nook and corner of the heart....yessss...pen is still working n we gotto scribble as much we can...smiles smiles smiles (as you say) :)

Mystic_Mom said...

Brian, my friend, this is so nicely done. Very fun.

Kim said...

Funny, actually, smelling peanut butter. Love the title and it's mismatched letters, like life, roll with it baby. :)

Syd said...

Mad libs--I feel as if I am doing some of that these days.

Beth Winter said...

LOL... sounds like what I've been writing lately. Great fun and too darn close to home.

William Manson said...

hehhehe a bit of fun and so well described, hope you are well pal..