Sunday, May 24, 2009

Where The Bodies Lie

There's this....thing in our new back yard.

A lump, I guess you'd call it, except it's ivy-covered and seems to be composed entirely of foliage. Inexplicable, a geranium pokes from the top, about five feet off the ground. Bob stabbed the thing a whole bunch of times with a long-handled lopper and eventually declared it empty - empty, that is, of anything except more foliage.

But that can't be right, can it? I mean, who grows a topiary that looks like - well, half a giant upended grapefruit? Me, I'm convinced there's something sinister going on.

Which is what I always choose to believe, incidentally. 'Cause life is just a whole lot more interesting that way.

7 comments:

Janet Reid said...

I'd guess there's a tree stump underneath....but you'd have to prune the whole thing down to find it, and then, who wants a bare tree stump?

Stephen Blackmoore said...

You know, you could always put a body in there.

Sophie Littlefield said...

thanks for the excellent idea, stephen. I have a few candidates in mind.

who wants a bare tree stump, indeed, J? other than that namby-pamby 60's sentimentality that produced pablum like The Giving Tree, trees have no place in vigorous writing, even dead ones.

Ha. Feeling a little churlish today. :) (apologies to Shel and all, nothing personal.)

Kieran Shea said...

Looks like a bowler hat from a Magritte painting....

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Mags said...

Oh! Chinese spam is back! Hello, Chinese spam. Was your trip over was a pleasant one? Are you enjoying your stay?

Sophie, I believe your lawn has grown a wart. A wart-growing lawn probably should have been mentioned somewhere in the disclosures when you bought the house, but seeing as it's such an awesome body depository, I probably wouldn't make a case out of it.

...Unless it's already full up, of course. That wouldn't be cool at all.

LINDA M. FAULKNER said...

Boy, does that picture get my imagination running. Think of ALL the things that couldn've caused that bump. And that might come sneaking out of the ground in the middle of the night...