Saturday, March 7, 2009

"Who knows what evil lurks in the Minds and Hearts of Men?" Buster's Shadow Knows!

It was an ordinary Saturday afternoon in the tropical rainforest of Connecticut when Buster the Wonder Dawg and his human lackey set off on yet another journey--in search of Buster's Shadow.

There is a legend in these parts that if Buster sees his Shadow at the cusp of High Noon before the Ides of March, there will be six more weeks of boring re-runs of "It's Me or the Dog" on Animal Planet. And Persephone, the Dark Goddess of the Underworld, will require six more weeks to bring Spring to the Northern Hemisphere.

So it was time to head for the Land of Shadows, in Deepest, Darkest Hubbard Park, to see if there was in fact a Shadow that belonged to Buster!

There was ice on Lake Merimere, but no Shadow.

Desperate trees penetrated the basalt, and a shadowy apparition began to show itself...

But it was the human lackey's shadow--not Buster's.

Buster contemplated the potential whereabouts of his Shadow, and he began to think Deep Thoughts...

Buster had long believed that rolling stones gather no moss, but this could not be true in such a strange place! If green things were growing on cold rock, maybe it would be possible to find the dark absence of reflected photons.

The Wonder Dawg began an "expanding square" search, in an effort to systematically track down his Shadow...

The light began to drop lower on the horizon, and the shadows of nearby trees assumed gargantuan proportions. Buster thought: "Imagine what MY shadow might look like?"

And there it was! Buster was so proud of himself. Bustersaurus Rex? The Creature from the Murky Depths of Lake Merimere? It didn't matter...It was big and scary!

Helios, Persephone's old buddy, settled in the west, and the shadows began to recede.

But on the walk back, Buster's shadow offered just one more encore in the polarized light.

"I'm one terrifying dude," Buster thought. "If anyone crosses me, I'll just unleash my Shadow on him, and that'll be the end of it!"

Buster then thought of the six more weeks of lethargic Animal Planet programming, and the long wait until Persephone got her butt in gear to bring Spring to subarctic Connecticut, and he became profoundly depressed.

Sigh... Shadow-seeking is hard work, and I'm dead tired!

Maybe Spring will come early.....

Maybe I'll take a nap and wake up to the girls licking my ears....

Maybe an evening of Animal Planet isn't so bad after all.....

À bientôt,



Faya said...

Je ne connaissais pas cette légende de l'ombre du Buster. Très intéressant. Merci de nous la faire connaître.
Bisous, Faya-qui-a-froid-aux-pattes

Anonymous said...

Will you bring spring here too? Please!?

Lots of kerrykisses


Lucia said...

Ciao bello, mio amico theBUSTER!

One second -- I have to nosepoke mia ragazza into settling down so she can type for me. She is laughing so hard over your post -- and the splendid creativity of your haiku -- that she's having a difficult time focusing. Hoomans!

What an enorme e impressionante ombra you have, mio azzurro amico. It is so Incredible Hulk-like in its sheer size and power that I am positively trembly with awe and envy. Does it go everywhere with you??

BTW, are you and the girls planning special festivities for the 17th? I can't wait to see...

Tanti baci!

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a beautiful walkie you had, Buster! Mom is dying for spring to come! We miss our snow already!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Amber-Mae said...

Looks like a furry kool place! Buster, you look sooo bushy now. Don't cha think you need a haircut? Hehehe!

Butt sniffs,
Solid Gold Dancer

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Great walking place Buster. We can't wait for spring.

Holly & Zac...XX

Stanley said...

Ah, Buster!

Glad you saw your shadow, man! For a minute there I thought even it was afraid of you. (Nice coat by the way. You do know how to style yourself.)

I see that you were in a philosophical state of mind. Bet when you got home you penned some more haiku for your collection. Do share it with us soon.

I also just noticed the photo of you tenderly loving on that cat. Too bad my catbro Merv will not be benefitting from your lovin' attentions. (LOVE the schnoz shot, though!)

Goober love & smooches,