Saturday, December 17, 2005

Winter is icummen in....Goddamn.

In dubious honor of my having had to shovel snow not once, not twice, but three times already this 'season' even though it's not even offcially winter yet for three more days, I give you Ezra Pound:

Winter is icummen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth slop
And how the wind doth ramm!
Sing: Goddamm.
Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham.
Freezeth river, turneth liver
Damn you, sing: Goddamm.
Goddamm, Goddamm, tis why I am,
So 'gainst the winter's balm
Sing Goddamm, damm, sing Goddamm
Sing Goddamm, sing Goddamm,

To read the Middle English poem upon which Pound based this rare moment of humor, and to see and hear the medieval score, go here.

I wanted to take a picture of the "No Parking - Leaf Removal" signs sticking up out of mounds of snow, but I haven't had a chance yet. Pound will have to do.


Ancrene Wiseass said...

Y'know, there's really something to be said for Pound, even though he was a fascist sympathizer. . . .

Sfrajett said...

Sometimes Pound gets it right. ANd if you live in Chicago or thereabouts, you know that goddamn doesn't begin to get at this time of year!

Dr. Virago said...

You said it, Sfrajett!

And AW: Yeah, ain't there?

HeoCwaeth said...

OMG, that's PERFECT. Ezra Pound does have his uses.

lvxygsey: the sound I make while shoveling

Jonathan Jarrett said...

Someone clicked through to my blog from this post that I'd otherwise never have seen; I had no idea Pound ever laughed about anything...

I offer in return the take on Pound of Robert Calvert, forgotten space-age poet to the British underground... which has always made me smile...