Somewhat Wandering Ode From Bumbler to Rumbler (Brian Miller)



Somewhat Wandering Ode From Bumbler to Rumbler (Me to Brian Miller–NOT a would-be)

Oh you, who wander into trees mumbling,
counting feet on fingers, toed-sort bumbling–
Oh you, you would-be poet, you’re my kind.
Paths crossing, I used to send a secret sign–
a pantomime of Prufrock’s trousers rolled,
a shoulder shrug of Byron’s cloak’s unfold–
only my gesture, never adequately bold–
fell, I fear, quite flat, as you (of my same mold)
chanted unheeding by–pen, like mine, tracing
indecipherable squiggles, eyes facing.
either ground or sky, not even caring for
the proper shape of L’s–Hell, it’s more
than enough to walk, count feet, chew words–
saluting a fellow would-be seemed absurd!

But then all changed! With the coming of
a single line of hair that hovered above
a single head–Okay, Claudia helped too–
Kerry at her end–but he’s the ‘hawked who
manages a bee-line to one and all,
whether they post day or night–who hears the call–
dear Brian Miller–I send this ode to you–
though you don’t wander into trees mumbling,
and don’t like counting feet–(prefer rumbling)–
Thank you, poet, writer, family man–
for feats that far excel what counting can–
giving warmth, balm, light so very freely
even to those who still bump dark and treely. 


Here’s a very belated ode to a poet for the dVerse Poets Pub three-year anniversary–

Thanks to Claudia Schoenfeld and Brian Miller for the wonderful dVerse Poets Pub site that has honestly changed my life–  Thanks too to Kerry O’Connor at Real Toads also celebrating three years. 

Thanks to the other poet sites, that I’ve not been such a part of, but that are wonderful resources for bumbling, mumbling solitary poets, like Poets United and Poetry Jam and The Mag.  

But the energy, indefatigability and plain old embrace of Brian Miller, who posts wonderful poetry and prose (at an incomprehensible rate) at Waystation One, are particularly incredible.   Note the would-be poet of the first stanza is someone like me–the Ode moves then to a true life poet–Brian.  (I’m a little worried this part of the poem is unclear, but for now will leave as is!)  

The pic not fully suited–I’m a little jammed to draw and wasn’t sure if Brian would really appreciate a portrait–but was taken by me earlier in the summer.  All rights, as always, reserved. 

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30 Comments on “Somewhat Wandering Ode From Bumbler to Rumbler (Brian Miller)”

  1. brian miller Says:

    ha. yes i struggle to count feet…lol…i prefer my rhythms wild and fierce and letting them find their own way…though i imagine i have stumbled into trees on more than one occassion…ha…oh i want to see the picture now too….the bee line of my single line of hair works though…i give back what i have been given….humble bow…thank you k

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks so much, Brian. I really hope people get that the would-be poets are the other ones like me that never paid attention to anyone else much and was so isolated until meeting you–that’s what’s intended anyway.

      You are terrific and I will do a pic sometime! k.

      On Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM, ManicDDaily wrote:


  2. Love all the references – and you couldn’t cast an ode to a better poet than “our” Brian who has made this poetry thing possible for these three years (and one before)…so with you I toast him too, and all the other “regulars” at the pub, whose words (read “life”) we’ve come to know and love. Happy Anniversary to you dear Karin!

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thank you, Gay. I really mean to thank the whole dVerse staff and the staff of all those sites. k.

      On Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM, ManicDDaily wrote:


  3. Grace Says:

    I owe much of my journey to Brian & his unique voice ~ You have a wonderful voice too Karin ~ I hope you always find the time to write ~

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend ~

  4. Just loved this, Karin. Can you hear me applauding across the continent? Such a special person–as are so many of our fellow pub-mates.

  5. A wonderful ode to a valiant poet! I, too, would love to see the picture!

  6. claudia Says:

    oh i love this… thanks for honoring bri with your verse k. – he so deserves it – i don’t know how he’s doing it but i think he’s just doing an excellent job and with all his heart

  7. MarinaSofia Says:

    Wonderful tribute to a wonderful, warm, funny and hugely talented person. But shhh, don’t tell him I said so, or it might go to his head! But, I have to say, you sure don’t seem like a mumbler/bumbler to me. I think I know what you mean, though, about writing in isolation – I certainly used to do that, was very reluctant about sharing my writing with anybody, especially my poetry.

  8. A wonderful poem – so genuinely heartfelt for a wonderful poet who has great heart too – K

  9. wolfsrosebud Says:

    def need to thank a lot of people some still here and some moved on

  10. Well..i’ll have to agree Brian is certainly the worker Bee that always connects..and this any connection could be the one that saves the Queen Bee..or even the worker bee..

    who knows..;)

    i’ll humm the buzz of the BEE…and may BE it WILL take me there!:)2in the land of FREE BEES!hive or not!

  11. hedgewitch Says:

    No one deserves an ode more than Brian–he is consistently supportive, always there to bounce things off even as one is bouncing off trees and walls oneself, and I love the little touches that make this so very much about him, like the beeline and the rumbling–lovely tribute and a very fun and fluid bit of pollen-collecting in its own right.

  12. Poet Laundry Says:

    Wonderfully writ K–much enjoyed, you said it just right.

  13. Jeff Says:

    This was much fun K, and a perfect image of our Rumbler! Nicely done.

  14. yes, bri is so so dedicated to not just poetry, but to the people… This is a grand ode to him!

  15. Myrna Says:

    I know you speak for all of us. Brian has inspired and supported so many of the folks that participate at the pub. Thanks for mentioning all the other sites that support poets too. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and joining your sentiment in this poem.

  16. Truedessa Says:

    This is a great ode to Brian the hawk man with a vision..lovely tribute and a joy to read.

  17. Ha, I’ll bet Brian loved this one, MD! He is so much the heart and soul of all I love about the Net. Not simply dverse, but the giving nature, his talent, his overflowing love of family… and of course his amazing offerings. How he has time to create all this and still visit every single FREAKING blog in the world? I dunno. But Brian, the next round’s on me, and MD gets to pick the drink. amy

  18. Susan Says:

    I concur completely from the sidelines where I too benefit from the ministrations of our hero. Bravo. Always enjoy your depth, K. a pure pleasure.

  19. Hear hear and yes and in full accord with your wonderful poem. You’ve summed him up perfectly, he who deserves all our praise.

  20. A wonderful ode to a wonderful guy and the community of poets he/they have fostered. What a gift to the loner poets out here.

  21. Sumana Roy Says:

    this poem is a beautiful tribute to an amazing poet with a large heart ….each word breathes truth..

  22. A lovely “ode” that indeed captures what many others feel and know. Well done!

  23. This is the classcal ode I must learn more about. A very rich read.

  24. Mama Zen Says:

    This is delightful!

  25. rmp Says:

    A lovely ode, belated or not. It is quite an amazing feat he accomplishes day in and day out. Very nicely said.

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