Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lawn Maintenance

Now that Spring is here, you know what that means! Yes, it's time to cut the effin' grass. Over and over and over again. It's certainly not my idea of a good time. How terribly, terribly tiresome, dahlink . . .


. . . but My Rare One loves doing it! A few years ago, I bought her this same t-shirt. She gets quite a few compliments on it. And on her immaculately groomed front lawn.


She has pimped her lawnmower too.


Well, not really -- but she would if she could, believe me.

Of course, if you don't enjoy doing lawn maintenance, you can always hire someone to do it for you . . .



. . . or you can, in time, produce your very own lawn maintenance crew!


Oh, you thought I couldn't work superheroes into this post? Think again!


And I'll just leave you with this final thought . . . .


Sunday, May 1, 2016

It's May Day!

So go find a maypole and dance around it! You can take that as literally or as figuratively as you want.




Friday, April 29, 2016

The Intervention

In which Spider-Man tries, unwisely, to counsel the battling Odinson Brothers.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Dark Poem Based on Japanese Folklore

Today's post honours Rommy of Kestril's Rhythms and Groove on her birthday. Dear Rommy, I've learned so much from your blog over the years about Japanese tea ceremonies, kimonos and other interesting aspects of Japanese culture, as well as enjoying your wonderful poetry and short stories. Wishing you a Happy Birthday and many, many more!


O many-tailed wise one
your auburn fur
white-trimmed
so soft
against my face

O shapeshifting trickster
your ivory teeth
needle-sharp
so deep
within my neck

An uninvited guest was I once
at your sun-shower wedding
an unwilling corpse am I now
at my unscheduled funeral

O great kitsune
I bow to your justice


[© Debra She Who Seeks, 2016]


This is my entry for today's prompt at Magaly Guerrero's Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month blog event.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Owls for Laurie

This post is dedicated to one of my favourite bloggers, Laurie of I Love a Cloudy Day. Laurie lives in a northern Ontario city with her husband Garry, surrounded by the rugged boreal terrain of the Canadian Shield. Laurie loves cats and dogs and, indeed, all tame or wild creatures. But her particular favourite is OWLS.

For example, I believe this is an ACTUAL, UNRETOUCHED photo of Laurie with one of her many owl friends. How she gets away with bare arms and lacy gloves in the middle of winter is beyond me, but she is one tough COOKIE, eh?


And who can blame Laurie for loving owls? They are magnificent birds. Just look at this spectacular image of a snowy owl in flight, whose photo was captured in January by a TRAFFIC CAMERA outside of Montreal --


EAT YOUR HEART OUT, all you human photographers in the blogosphere who would just kill to get a shot like this once in a lifetime! An inanimate piece of technology beat you to it!

Owls inspire not only photographers, of course, but also artists of all descriptions. Even those whose chosen medium is the WOODPILE out back --


But, I ask you, do we REALLY know and understand owls?


Owls can have bad days, just like EVERYONE ELSE.


But I KNOW that even if an owl were having a bad day, Laurie would still love and admire it. She truly understands how important NATURE and THE WILD should be in our lives.

May owls always bring you joy, Laurie!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Quadricentenary

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago today on April 23, 1616. That date is also speculated to have been his 52nd birthday. His cause of death is unknown but it was apparently sudden, unexpected and natural.

What better way to pay tribute to the greatest of English playwrights and poets than by using his own words?


What a piece of work is a man!
how noble in reason!
how infinite in faculty!
in form and moving how
express and admirable!
in action how like an angel!
in apprehension how like a god!
the beauty of the world!
the paragon of animals!
And yet, to me,
what is this quintessence of dust? 

(Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2)

(Photo is from the 2013 movie Only Lovers Left Alive.
And yes, of course, that is Tom Hiddleston.)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Earth Day, Part 2

And now, a couple of LOLs for climate change deniers . . . .



We should listen to people like this instead . . . .



There's only ONE country that will benefit from global warming.


Is this the REAL reason behind Canada's push to keep marketing oil from the Alberta tar sands? We'll never admit it!