greentapestry : Garden Bloggers Muse Day - January 2010

Friday, 1 January 2010

Garden Bloggers Muse Day - January 2010

'Ancient Music'

"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, Goddamm,
So 'gainst the winter's balm.

Sing goddamm, damm, sing Goddamm.
Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM".

~ Ezra Pound , 1885 -1972

January has started on a bitterly cold note here. I am glad I am not a bird.

More musing on the month of January can be perused over at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.


  1. i hadn't ever thought of Ezra Pound as having a sense of humor. I should get to know him better. This is one of the reasons I love Muse Day.

  2. bitterly cold here too in Malvern. Best wishes for 2010

  3. I like they way the poem rails against the cold of winter.
    Lovely photo of the frosty ivy. Happy New Year.

  4. Still cold here too though the snow has gone. Happy New Year!

  5. Hilarious poem, and a great sentiment to stare down the winter.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year!

    It's cold here too - in more than one way :(

  7. Funny poem, it is a fitting poem for today in Iowa as well. Glad I'm not a bird too.

  8. A perfect poem to match our sentiments on the weather I think!
    The photos in your previous post have made me sigh yet again - they are wonderful.
    Happy New Year Anna and I look forward to reading of your new plans for the garden.

    Jeanne x

  9. Very funny! Just what I needed this morning! I would not mind being a bird that had the good sense to fly south.

  10. My mom used to sing in a Renaissance group and the "real" version of that song was playing in my head while I read the Pound poem. Hilarious! Sorry you are ringing in the new year with icky weather. Happy New Year anyway!

  11. I'd never read anything by Ezra Pound, but I do like cursing, LOL!

  12. Sorry I missed this post on the first. I've never read this poem by Pound, but I agree with another reader--I didn't know he had a sense of humor. By the end of the month, I may be cursing the weather, too:)


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