No, we haven’t resumed our legal-ethics or political punditry. Indeed, more than ever, I’m resolved to only post items that I enjoy compiling, creating, sharing. And, right now, that means having fun with the snowman theme.
one smirking snowman
…………… by dagosan
in the howling wind
under the full moon
the snowman, headless
…….. by George Swede from Almost Unseen
Snowmen have always delighted me (especially after being reminded, as an adult, by both Calvin & Hobbes and Snow Buddha of the layers of symbolism and mischief to be found in these homemade, temporary statuary). The photos above were taken half a century apart. One features Your Editor (a/k/a dagosan) with his siblings proudly displaying snowmen largely constructed by Mama G (larger here). The other is my niece, Elisabeth, which she built with her dad.
instead of his chores
a snow Buddha
….. by Kobayashi Issa – translated by David G. Lanoue
A few months ago, my brother Arthur, who lives in the Buffalo Snow Belt region, was bemoaning his fate as a Baby Boomer, who came late to parenthood and has two children in grammar school who still need major assistance constructing their snowmen. He pointed out how much work — bending, rolling, lugging, lifting — is involved in making two snowmen at a time. [In fact, according to USA Weekend, “5 Things You Need to Know about Snowmen,” Dec. 14, 2007), it takes 10 billion snowflakes to build the average snowman. That’s heavy, man.]
Last Thanksgiving, I mentioned Arthur’s complaint to Mama G. She scoffed, pointing out that she always had to make three snowmen at a time. Being my mother’s son, and despite a lifetime not defending my older-twin brother, I immediately reminded her that Arthur and his knees are three decades older than she was the last time she made three snowmen. Then, weary just thinking of all that labor, the defense rested, point made and taken.
small sad face
in the puddle —
last weekend’s snowman
…………….. by david giacalone – Simply Haiku V4N3; a procession of ripples anthology (p. 18)
i stub my toe
on the snowman
the snowman’s nose
– Coming later this Weekend: More Snowmen Tales and Haiku –
This theme proved too expansive to be contained in our posting. Please see “snowman (r)evolution (Part ii).”