Monday, March 4, 2013

OpenLinkNight: Figaro! Figaro! Fi-ga-RO! or so the fat lady sang

photo by Sweaty187

Galileo & i sit, legs over the edge
of my medulla studying empty space
seeking centricism

"is it helio-, geo- or ego?"

he's obviously been talking to Freud
who's in the corner with little Jack Horner
discussing things we put our thumbs in

G.G. adjusts his telescope,
bigger than mine, but vision is not determined
by the size of your instrument

"did you get the NFL tickets?"
he asks in a way that suggests deeper meaning
i am sure there is

in the clash of men to score & display
outlandish victory dances through end zones
as long as we pay to see it, why question
the Bengals led the league in arrests last year
now there is a stat

Rome never died, we just relive it
in present tense & truth matters little
ask Galilea's inquisition

"Nic! Nic! Nic! (nah) Nic! Nic! Nic!"
he mumbles & i never know if he means
Copernicus or Tesla, the latter
makes more sense

"Ooo look a shooting star!"
i point at what is obviously a neuron,
which he reminds me is not polite
(pointing or thoughts?) all that matters
is what is
in the center, it seems

& mentioning Tootsie Pops
at this point is probably not
a good idea

so we sit
enjoying each others gravity
and the view off the edge
where my marbles rolled
& were lost.

It's OpenLinkNight @ dVerse Poets...time to pull the pin on poetry and blow it up for a bit...among friends...write something....come join us. Doors open tomorrow at 3 pm EST.

Returned to work today, but still not feeling that great. Fever returned tonight as well, so I'll be around as I can.

118 comments:

Fred Rutherford said...

So many excellent and neat references in here Brian. A lot of fun spotting them, but even more so in the manner you brought them about. The Sunday Ticket was great here. Thanks

Fred Rutherford said...

There must be a misprint, How can I actually have the first comment? I better go by a lottery ticket :)

Daniel said...

I had trouble picking up the theme here. It felt like you were just riffing in a planetarium. Could also be the fever is worse than any of us feared! (smiles)

Betsy Brock said...

lottery ticket Fred? How about power ball? hahaha.


Feel better, Brian!

RMP said...

there are a lot of fun bits in this one; that fever of yours definitely seems to have the neurons firing.

Pat Hatt said...

Ugg to the germs
Try eating some worms
Here they have protein
Off course the tootsie pop could make quite the scene
And Fred really needs to buy that ticket
All signs point to him winning something wicked

Cloudia said...

dangle those feet over the empyrean void! FEEL BETTER


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Claudia said...

this is a wonderful write bri..love the idea of a conversation with him..oh i had to ask him many questions if i ever met him..love how you embed some nice life wisdom as well...vision not determined by the size of your instrument..makes me think of the little prince who said we only see good with our heart

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

such fun - hanging out with all the big boys! So loved 'Rome never died, we just relive it
in present tense & truth matters little' this was a trip, Brian! Hope you are feeling better - K

Eva Gallant said...

Vision is not determined by the size of one's instrument......HA! Size does matter!

ninotaziz said...

I followed you from the edge of the galaxy to neverland here Brian...

And LOL Fred, I thought only on this side of the world do we buy lottery tickets when something unexpected happens!

ninotaziz said...

Get well soon Brian...Are you a Snake (Chinese years) by any chance ?

adeeyoyo said...

Hahaha, love the double entendres, you norty man! Did Galileo notice that you had lost your marbles, lol?

kaykuala said...

Astronomy and the Universe
Lots of references in your verse
The NFL and all the stars
Football stars and shooting stars
Dancing in all its glory
No, not to point but just to see
Nicely!

Hank

adeeyoyo said...

Brian, I hope you're feeling better by the time you read these comments. It seems to be something to do with the change of seasons... here at any rate. It happens every year around this time. Take care...

Poet Laundry said...

Oh wow...you covered so much in this one. Really too many to quote. Has to be one of my favs of yours. Def hope you feel much better Brian.

farawayinthesunshine said...

Take it easy Brian, especially if you have some fever...it's a nasty one

alan1704 said...

Rome never died, we just relive it
in present tense & truth matters little - Excellent lines and full of truth :). I hope it all mateers

Green Speck said...

Your poems are more than words, Galileo, NFL, Rome, wow ... beautiful stories here !!!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Sitting on the edge of the universe counting the stars and naming the galaxies.
I enjoyed this 0ne Brian
Hugs
SueAnn

Anne said...

This is going into my top ten favorite Brian poems. Very intelligent and the feel of a classic tale.

Galileo, Galileo can you do the fandango?

Lorraine said...

man will be man...love this lol

Mark said...

Sorry to hear you're still not feeling too good, but you're still doing good work.

John DeBellis said...

Wow you worked a lot in, Rome will always be around as long as that saying is at play

Mary said...

Lots of interesting references here and worked in so very well. You had my mind twisting and turning from Galileo to Rome to NFL tickets, and more. Sorry you're sick! Hope the fever goes away!

Gerry Snape said...

Sitting in the summer house feling mis and poorly.....but sooo cheered up by this glorious rant of apoem...big favourite Brian!!!

the walking man said...

What a wonderful ramble through the head, the heart and mind of a cosmos man.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

As a lifelong Bengals fan, I have to say that I am thrilled that the Bengals were actually mentioned in a blog post (though I certainly wish it was under better circumstances :)

DJan said...

Oh, a fevered poem. That's where it was coming from. Hope you're feeling better today, Brian. Although it's a cool poem... :-)

Dave King said...

bigger than mine, but vision is not determined
by the size of your instrument

Priceless! The rest of the poem is as brilliant.

Grace said...

Hope you are feeling better Brian ~

I like the idea of finding the center, whether in the universe or in our everyday lives. This line also struck me: but vision is not determined
by the size of your instrument

See you later ~ Happy Tuesday ~

Valerie said...

I got lost, Brian... but I hope that by the end you felt better....smiles.

Susan Daniels said...

Oh! You lost your marles? Excellent poem, Brian. Outside of the losing of the marbles, my favorite part was

Rome never died, we just relive it
in present tense & truth matters little

Myrna R. said...

Wow Brian. Did the fever cause this humorous, irrational yet so enlightened poem? It's good you've lost your marbles. I think we see reality more clearly that way. Keep watching the stars. And hope you get better soon.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Clever and fun - I love how the ideas of many ideas come together and meet and clash and how inside one's one mind, the logic makes sense. I love that you think but do not mention the Tootsie Rolls. Excellent, my brother.

rosaria williams said...

"enjoying each other's gravity..." loved the conversation and the ruminations here.

Kelvin S.M. said...

..ha..laughing at your fat lady... i guess i anticipated her presence here when i first saw the word Figaro... and that soprano thing you emphasized in your poems cover... and ha,, the medulla...how rare to see that appear in a poem... you better rest as your fever quite reflect in your piece today i find rhapsodic... smiles... and be well...

Natasha Head said...

Hope you get to feeling better Poet...this little weave fits well with my headspace as of late...and I'm in dire need of some gravity...I burnt the soles of my feet reliving Rome's destruction...and they burn again every time she falls. Roll with the words, weaver...you do do it so well. (And thanks for the typo notice...my eyes are already bleeding!!)

G-Man said...

You got the Fever
You're Hot
You can't be stopped!

Get well soon...G

hedgewitch said...

Loved everything about this one, bri--from the neat comparisons and juxtapositions of concepts, history etc, to that hilarious but (for some of us) so sadly relevant conclusion(!).

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I wonder if your fever affected your "conversation". ;)

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

I feel like a Hitchhiker. I have my towel so I am ready for anything.

Anna Montgomery said...

Great wit and allusions here, a real journey through innerspace. I enjoyed your path through dimensions of thought.

Tara Miller said...

Vision not determined by the size of your instrument - I like that! and oh, so true!

You haven't lost your marbles....that high fever has just scattered them a bit. heehee. I'm just kiddin' my love

Drizel said...

O how I enjoyed it, you made it fit together in such a clever way.

manicddaily said...

Yikes, Brian - so sorry to hear that you are sick! Some of that feverish thinking and wit here - very clever. A lot of territory. How we jump and what comes up - Takes us up too.

Anthony Desmond said...

I love a poem that can also read as a convo...
Nice write... btw size does matter bri. hahaha

Laurie Kolp said...

So much in this to like... but the Freud stanza sticks out, and what matters is in the middle... so powerful.


Hope you get to feeling better soon, Brian.

AmyLK LK said...

just rest and get better!

ND Mitchell said...

Some brilliant lines here Brian. Loved all these references. Hope you're doing better soon man :)

ayala said...

Love the idea of you having a conversation with him...love that vision is not determined by the size of your instrument. :)
I hope you feel better..in my house we were sick for ten days with the flu :( Be well.

adan said...

nice!

between "in the corner with little Jack Horner
discussing things we put our thumbs in" and that last stanza, super enjoyable brian

i think those marbles rolling off the edge clinched it as one your best for me, great continuity and tone ;-)

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Beautiful write--and I love the last stanza esp--enjoying each other's gravity--just fabulous --

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Feel better!

Glenn Buttkus said...

Most of us imagine what we would say to Freud, Richard Burton, Dwight Eisenhower, Hitler, Walt Disney. Had several smiles and chuckles with this one, sir. Did you ever find those marbles?

festivalking said...

I so want a telescope someday :D

Great stuff Brian :)

Tracy Kuhn Greenlee said...

you have not lost your marbles-- your marbles are circulating around the sun's elliptical poem patterns with Galileo. really great humorous read with a side of insight..thank you

joanna said...

oh! i love it when you wax scientific. :) there's so much i like about this one i don't know where to start.... from Galileo & Tesla to neurons to those awesome closing lines...

Susan said...

Reminds me in a scene from Marlowe's Faustus (and Goethe's too), where Faust and Mephistopheles talk up in the rafters of the universe (as Theater). Be careful of Galileo's echo--he chose to stay in the land of lies and wealth rather than escape across the border . . . and I believed something like the plague--a very bad cold--visited him too!

Cindee Snider Re said...

I like the easy wit, the weaving of old and new, things that don't seem to matter or mesh, but actually do, because this is life -- the intermingling of all we know into who we are. You have a gift, Brian, and it blesses me every time I visit. Sorry to learn you're ill. Hope you're back on your feet very soon!

Zen Moments said...

Psst..Your fever started a conversation between a couple of star clusters. Just saying... very interesting conversation I might add. Loved it and hope you get well today.

1emeraldcity said...

Wow, such a fertile mind you have there, Brian. Love this one and particular the stanza about Rome never dying...we relive it, and there is no truth as evidenced in Galileos' inquisition. That stanza resonates. Great piece!

Uneven Stephen said...

LOVE the enjoying each other's gravity bit. And this totally made me laugh:

"he's obviously been talking to Freud
who's in the corner with little Jack Horner
discussing things we put our thumbs in"

Fun write.

Joan Barrett Roberts said...

Super write Brian! I love the story you weave -- insightful as always!
Thank you my friend. -joanie

Linda Kruschke said...

Interesting moment out of time. Peace, Linda

Brudberg said...

Ha, you forewarned me about Galileo, yes it's indeed like minds here.. :-) must be the pope. Yes this is very good Brian

Grandmother said...

The Marriage of Figaro is also called The Night of Madness and you might be having a bit of that here (or effects of your fever or the lost marbles!). Either way, it's great fun and quite clever. Hope you feel better.

anthonynorth said...

Hope you're well soon. An amazing write.

Alice Audrey said...

Ah, so you have lost your marbles, too? Nice to know I'm in good company.

Teresa said...

This is wonderful! It's one fun allusion after another. I hope you're feeling better soon.

Goofball said...

there can be so much relief in singing out of the top of your longs, with loads of conviction

Figaro, Figaro, Fiiii-Ga-ROOOOO



interesting conversations you had today

Nico said...

Really good stuff here! I especially like this section:

"Ooo look a shooting star!"
i point at what is obviously a neuron,
which he reminds me is not polite
(pointing or thoughts?) all that matters
is what is
in the center, it seems

Very good!

Dulce said...

didn't know you were not 100% my dearest
Great write dude! :-)

lookingforroots said...

This was a very fun read. Like a fever dream. Clever. In all the best ways.

pandamoniumcat said...

Freud in the corner with little Jack Horner, now that could be interesting...
well this is a journey into the centre...I guess that's what holds us all together in the long run. Very much enjoyed.

Stan Ski said...

I've overheard many a similar conversation at... where else but... football matches... !

colleen said...

I love the cast of characters and the esoteric pursuits where the universe seems to sit on the head of a pin ... or a marble!

WabiSabi said...

Somehow you knitted this all together in a way that tickles the imagination! Virtuoso performance in spite of (or because of ) fever! Fell better.

Dana Dampier said...

Haha... I've discovered I've lost my marbles as well, but I look to the stars to help me find them every night. Bit by bit one rolls my way and I can plink it back in my jar!

Geraldine said...

what a treat this was from start to finish! :<)

henry clemmons said...

Okay, these poems give me trouble when words have meanings but are used for something else. I've learned not to take you literal. I like the relationship and contrasting personalities and comparisons of ages maybe and how we look at things. WHen it comes to matters of the deep, young or old, we all are eating tootsie pops, eh? Anyway, I like very much.

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Do I sense a bit of feverish delirium, my man? Sounds like something I might have written in the 80s, and it was not a tootsie pop I'd eaten.

HisFireFly said...

"Rome never died, we just relive it
in present tense & truth matters little"

love your words Brian, always

Mark Kerstetter said...

Thanks for giving me a laugh. Reading it felt like I'd just smoked something....

Robert J. Gerryts said...

Great stuff Mr. Miller. I found this one highly entertaining and twill be worth another read in the morning with my coffee. Thanks for making this one.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Dream or nightmare? :)

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

"Galileo & i sit, legs over the edge of my medulla studying empty space seeking centric-ism"
Hi! Brian...
Thanks, for sharing the photo by Sweaty187...

Which compliment your poetic words as you take us[your readers] to the "outer core" and the "inner core" Of [your?] thoughts through your verse.

Brian, I wasn't aware Of the fact, that you are under-the-weather...[Try to get your fever-down and...Be well!]
deedee :(

Truedessa said...

Hi Brian,

I rather enjoyed this one and the opening hooked me into reading. Nice!

Gretchen Leary said...

"Rome never died, we just relive it" - love this line

Also the final stanza, "enjoying each other's gravity" - awesome line.

Loving this subject. Galileo was incredible. :)

flaubert said...

Seems some of this might be fever induced, ;) Brian, too many lines to quote that range from serious to hilarious. Excellent write.

Pamela

indieflower said...

I really like this part:

"he's obviously been talking to Freud
who's in the corner with little Jack Horner
discussing things we put our thumbs in"

And this:
"Rome never died, we just relive it
in present tense & truth"

Big smiles for this:
"i point at what is obviously a neuron,
which he reminds me is not polite
(pointing or thoughts?)"

My favorite:
"so we sit
enjoying each others gravity"

hiroshimem.com said...

Wow! Such a beautiful delirium! I laughed out loud at this:
""did you get the NFL tickets?"
he asks in a way that suggests deeper meaning
i am sure there is"
and in fact, I kept on laughing all along.
I love absurd, and you master it so well!

Cressida de Nova said...

Absolutely brilliant..ROFL
Didn't your mother warn you about eating those mushrooms when you wandering about in the woods. Tsk!

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Arron Shilling said...

for me, this is an instant favourite brian: toatally stand out and so effective in its seat. smart and quick, great refs and the way it all works with the humourous defusion, whilst still retaining edge: awesome piece of PO! a great read!

Nilanjana Bose said...

A delicious way to lose your marbles for sure ...hope you feel better soon.

Akila G said...

Empty spaces could spark off a wonderful thought as this one....an engaging conversation in an open night!!

aprille said...

For the sake of your ART, you should get sick more often: this fever has helped you create something memorable. The point of view, sitting up there somewhere, legs dangling, is hugely entertaining and deep as well.
You indeed 'pulled the pin' this evening and through us a meteorite.

aprille said...

make that 'threw' please. Sorry. My typoes are going phonetically frenetic.

Ursa Bowers said...

I love the playfulness with which you approach weighty problems of historical and philosophical significance. Really memorable!

Dick said...

A very droll encounter with some of the greats. Nice one, Brian!

kkkkaty said...

Loved this from the first line..till the last word..the mind trip within that frame;)

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Shadow said...

oh i just love all the characters in this play...

Karen said...

I love this romp through history, science, whimsy, and pop culture! This is the most fun read I've had in quite a while!

rashmenon said...

A versatile piece that flits all the way from astronomy to philosophy to sports! wow! Love the last stanza.

Steve E said...

Glad you had your marbles for a time. Lost again? I'm president of that Lost Marble Club (though I never joined!)

For me, this poem sports another titel--TWO titels? smile...
"Here There and Everywhere"

GooooD Write, Sir!

rumoursofrhyme said...

So much fun Brian - several LOL moments and all so wonderfully woven together.

Hope you're feeling better soon, boss :-)

scotthastiepoet said...

Fever can be good for writing, I sometimes find Brian! Great mix of the funsome and the cerebral here and your ending is great. The ending of a poet with a mature voice - great stuff!

Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

Polly said...

Stunning

annell said...

I liked the stroll in your imagination. I now have a cold and feel lousy...better days ahead for both of us.

Robert Gibson said...

This was fun to read :) Loved it :D

C Rose said...

This was as falling into a good dream...a bit euphoric and spontaneous in what occurs but a sense of purpose and resolution to it as well. Lovely write Brian, always dig your vibe my friend. Send peace ~ Rose

mywordwall said...

There are so many themes - I have to reread your poem several times. I'd like to focus on the theme about finding our center - helio, geo, ego. Of these three, I rank the last one as the worst. Imagine if everyone's existence revolves around himself. Scary.

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poeticlicensee said...

Your Figaro, a captivating write, Brian; really enjoyed reading several times...

Sue said...

Look like fevers don't dull your powers...

;)

PS. Feel better soon!

dragyonfly said...

Back in the 70's I had lots of conversations with Nostradamus and Plato..but I haven't seen them much lately....

Saying that I love this piece. I love the shooting star neuron and the inference to "nic" Copernicus.
Your piece may have been fueled by fever (or hallucinagins) but it surely spoke to me.
Thanks...