The first frost of the season came

It iced the grass and mud

Dogshit became sculpture

Winter in the blood.

Written just over a year ago. At present the dogshit round here is becoming treacle, not sculpture.


Copyright Simon Banks 2012

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  1. “Dogshit became sculpture” gotta be one of my favorite lines ever. Getting super super chilly here as well thanks to Thursday’s snow.

    Merry Christmas Simon. God bless

    • Hi, Boomie!

      Currently wet and mild here. We have floods right now in all sorts of places, but not where I live (right here, floods means the sea and is no joke at all, but hasn’t happened since 1953).

      Glad you like that line. Americans can be much more sensitive about earthy language than Brits. I remember the Irish comedian Dave Allen saying he’s been walking in Central Park, New York, with an American friend who’d suddenly stopped and said, “Aw, SHIT! I just stepped in some dog’s doo-doo!”, which he and I found hilarious. There is though an English story about a second world war sailor going on leave and giving his friend on his return an account that uses the F word eleven times, but NOT for what he found his wife doing with the lodger (“‘aving intimate relations”)!

  2. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

     /  December 24, 2012

    interesting visual you line presents…I love it!
    I guess one dogs shit is another mans art?
    sorry…that line can really be worked LOLs…
    I enjoyed this

    I hope you are having the Christmas you wish for…
    we had three days of 20 degrees now back to the 50’s and 60’s…
    today sunny and quiet beautiful as I look out the window…
    I wish we had some of y’all’s rain, we need it….and I hope
    you are staying dry by the fire ….

    Take Care….
    You Matter….
    Blessed Be

    • Another way of looking at it is to consider a real sculpture to be some frozen deposit.

      Floods here and many rainy days. No floods right here, but yesterday I set out to walk along a local river and found it had burst its banks big time. I’m afraid we aren’t too traditional any more: the fires are electric and rarely on because the central heating works. Christmas used to mean more when I worked! Glad you’ve got good weather even if not very Christmassy.

      You too.

  3. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

     /  December 24, 2012

    see one can really work that line..LOLs…..
    I wonder if anyone is traditional anymore?
    I miss the fire place, the building snowmen and making snow angels
    (I loved living where it snowed) and coming in where hot cocoa was waiting with popcorn, to watch a good movie or pick up a good book with music in the background…
    put then I am grateful to have a job ….and as I slowly rebuild, I know I will soon be thriving instead of surviving….

    Have a wonderful Holiday Simon…in what ever you choose to celebrate….

    Take Care…
    just me


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