December 23, 2010

It Was So Cold

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--Description: 20th C, McGowan W., Christmas, Holidays, Seasons--



The horses on the carousel refused to budge.
Notes of music froze and
shattered with prismatic finality...
The mimes couldn't change their expressions.
When a bread truck overturned and
baguettes were suspended in mid-air
pigeons were afraid to leave their roosts for the feast.
Women in expensive fur hats could not retract icy stares.
Rats went skating on rivers of frozen dog piss.
Double buses refused to straighten out
continued running in circles indefinitely.
Terrorist bombs exploded in s l o w m o t i o n
allowing everyone to escape harm.
A fountain in the Place Edmond Rostand became
a crystal pineapple inhabited by eskimos.
A Norwegian with a pickax broke off pieces for souvenirs.
Outside Paris waterfalls retreated back into mountains.
God Himself became an irrelevant ice cream vendor
slowly scooping a ball of lemon sherbet
from horizon to painted horizon.

Whitman McGowan


--Did You Know: Whitman McGowan is the author of a series of chapbooks, The Book, Pith and Vinaigrette, Big Petits-Fours, I Know the Aliens Have Come & Ghost Worker; one full-length collection, Contents May Have Shifted; and the poet/performer/producer of the CDs, Sounds Suspiciously Like & Caught in the Act. His latest release is the expanded DVD version of his poetry video, White Folks Was Wild Once, Too. Read more at: Whitman McGowan

--Word of the Day: doff \DOF\, transitive verb:
1. To take off, as an article of clothing.
2. To tip or remove (one's hat).
3. To put aside; to rid oneself of.
Example:
After I finished sweeping, I grabbed my check, went to the locker room, and doffed the monkey suit, slipped into my jeans, sneakers and T-shirt and broke camp.
-Reginald McKnight, White Boys: Stories

--Quote of the Day: Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
~Washington Irving

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