Creative Friends

I’ve always known that it’s great to have creative friends – they regularly challenge and surprise you in ways that you probably couldn’t even imagine.

For example a friend of mine, because he was so sick of winter weather, placed this post on Facebook…

“Now is the winter of our discontent.”

photo1-225x300Now, you probably know that this is the opening line to Shakespeare’s Richard III – and you may even know the next line, or even the next.  But over the course of about five hours after the original post, here’s what followed – one line at a time:

Now is the winter of our [frozen] discontent…

Made glorious summer by this sun [definitely isn’t shining] of York…

And all the [thunder snow] clouds that lour’d upon our house…

In the deep bosom of the [ice-covered] ocean buried.

Now are our brows bound with victorious [knit caps – or Toques, if your Canadian] wreaths…

Our bruised arms hung up for [snow shovels & Ben Gay] monuments…

Our stern alarums changed to [back spasms & Ibuprofen] merry meetings…

Our dreadful marches to delightful [Irish coffee] measures.

Grim-visaged [driveway] war hath smooth’d his wrinkled [Polartec jacket] front…

And now, instead of [getting my tongue stuck to frozen poles] mounting barded steeds…

To fright the souls of [my little sister] fearful adversaries…

He capers nimbly in a [sled, toboggan or other gravity-powered downhill projectile] lady’s chamber…

To the lascivious pleasing of [his mother yelling that it’s time to come in!] a lute.

Now, great poetry it ain’t – but fun it was.  [Full disclosure – I was the author of the thunder snow line, which I think brings the whole thing together and really makes it work.  But that’s just me].

Like I said, it’s good to have creative friends!