August 11, 2011

The Secrets of Donkey Dung

Once upon a time, two women and two men became the best of friends. Then they paired up and became two sets of lovers. But they had secret affairs with each other that didn’t stay secret and their friendships were all ruined beyond repair.

Cast out of society, the four asked God for forgiveness, and God granted them forgiveness. Then God, being in a playful mood, asked what else they might like.

Ready and hoping God would ask, the four responded: They wanted nothing more than to touch both of their lovers for the rest of time, and since God was asking, they also would like to exist in peace with the one they wronged but not see much of him or her. 

God, not liking to be painted into a corner but also enjoying the sight of sparks within his creations, made an offer.

God offered to change them into four piles of donkey dung that would eventually seep into the earth and help create life, and maybe the leaves of the weeds that grew from the dung would touch each other as the wind blew. And there would also be bushes nearby to obstruct the view.

But God scrunched his face and thought again and said he was not excited about this idea because he would have to coordinate with the wind and worms and weather. Much too much work.

But the four begged God to reconsider.

They said they did not mind living short lives and dying many deaths to rub up against both of their lovers again and again.

God said that since the four were willing to start out as dung for what they wanted, he was going to give them something a little better but still everything they asked for.

And God joined their hands so that both women faced each other and both men faced each other in a circle. And only after both men and both women could look in the other's eyes and be at peace with the other and themselves, God made them famous and changed them into the seasons.


For The Purple Treehouse

This is the first part of The Seasons. Here's the next part.

18 comments:

Tori said...

Once again, you have rewarded the reader with a great finish. Your writing is like trying a wine for the first time unsure how it will taste on the palate only to be refreshingly surprised. :) Cheers!

Ed Pilolla said...

you are sugary sweet:)
i reached with this and i know it but i'm forcing myself to post four times a week and you got to go with somepin...

Claudia said...

the seasons...touching each other as they come and go...and blend for a short span into each other... clever write ed...was wondering all the way down what god would finally do with them..

Daydreamertoo said...

So much nicer than leaving them as poop!
Love it, the four seasons all blending yet, never quite together at any one time. Very nice read and, thanks for visiting me, too. :)

Brian Miller said...

smiles...this is a fantastical fable you have woven ed...friends, lovers then strained yet now touch each other in their passing...lovely

oceangirl said...

delightful story of love (and lust) and willingness to sacrifice for it. now i know the adventure behind the four seasons. i enjoyed it.

Ed Pilolla said...

thanks, ya'all. you ever have some idea rattling around in your head for a while? that's how it has been with the seasons for me, which was always named the seasons in my head but i couldn't name it that or it would lose a lot at the end. the weird title and sexy art just cloaks the ending.

Mark Dixon said...

I think God probably reads your blog and gets a good chuckle out of it. You made my day.

Wine and Words said...

Clever you! When is the movie coming out? Can I play fall? Oh please don't make me summer. I so hate summer. I will live as dung if I can just play fall! Can I have red hair...not the really brassy red, but the deep, kind of auburn red. Oh, oh...and can I wear a wreath of leaves in my hair that have turned gorgeous from green?

heh heh.

Ed Pilolla said...

had i read this comment before posting, i really might have recast the season with a female fall:)

Wine and Words said...

*snicker*

What's going on in your head these days Ed? What does your heart say outside of seasons and colors? I am waiting for a post about Ed. I am drawing it out. As if I had such power...

:)

My Inner Chick said...

---Unexpected & Beautiful...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Well, I happen to have read this last of the four episodes, but I still think it's a great beginning.

Sharon Rose said...

I have enjoyed the beginning and the end and I like how you get so much story line in one write. Both are so well connected. I really liked thinking about seasons this way. Tangled seasons. Thank you

Su-sieee! Mac said...

wow! this is what I get for reading backwards. Still, I liked reading the seasons series, without knowing that they had started as humans. Now makes sense why seasons were so human. You're such a storyteller, Mr. Pilolla.

The Cello Strings said...

what a marvelous story,

superb humor.
Thanks for sharing.

Morning said...

it takes talent to compose a fable.

superb job.

Ann LeFlore said...

What a wonderful story and such humor
http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/08/22/my-poo-poo-is-sleeping/