Peaceful Shit

Backyard Fountain

The doors are open

Yet, it’s silent

I should hear children…

The ones of the neighborhood

Screaming at play

Or the voice of Mr. Rush

In his backyard

Talking on his cell

About installing water pumps.

Where’s the lawn mowers

The Leaf blowers

And the loud men who mind them?

What’s up with the street man

Digging for bottles in the recycling bin?

Is he taking the day off?

Spanky the spaniel should be barking.

Mr. Fry should be meowing

rubbing my leg for food.

Where’s my neighbor

The chronic door slammer at?

I swear there’s an art to the door slam.

What about those two who argue

Over their fences

While trading tomatoes and beats?

And that incessant car alarm

That nobody seems to know

How to turn off? Where’s it at?

What happened to the occasional drunk

Searching for his girlfriend

From the bar a block away?

Has he missed his cue?


What’s this peaceful shit doing here?


Oh, there’s Spanky’s bark

And the start of a new argument.

Tomatoes are doing good this year.

Beats? Not so good.

Just when I thought things were getting good.



Good shit never lasts long

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30 Responses to Peaceful Shit

  1. Mel Gutiér says:

    Everything sounds good when you write it! LOL

    Shit resonates.

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  2. The good shit: rarely happen; over too quickly or gets stolen…

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  3. To get even a taste, a whiff – you lucked out. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I haven’t had any good shit for a while. There’s always hope I suppose.

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  5. Just Joan says:

    Quiet can be rather disquieting, eh? I liked the use of “beats” which I thought was supposed to be “beets” until you did it twice. You keep me guessing, Elan. Also, good shit and peaceful shit are used at the end as if they are opposites, another paradoxically interesting idea. Good poem, thought-provoking. 🙂

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  6. Metal Tears says:

    This was super fun to read. I enjoyed it, honestly.
    Hope to read more in the future.


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  7. frankpovah says:

    It doesn’t does it, Elan. But what sort of beets are beats? Genetically modified to dance in vinegar? 🙂 It’s the editor coming out in me. I love your stuff.


  8. Ah now I see what you did there! Well isn’t that smart. Great writing!

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  9. ivors20 says:

    A neighbourhood’s silent treasure.


  10. marisselee says:

    Your topic was about “Peaceful Shit” and mine was about the crazy life LOL


  11. Here’s to us all being up to our eyes in the good shit all of the time 🙂


  12. Is it beats or beets? I thought beets was short for beetroots. Or maybe I’m getting confused by the proximity to tomatoes and it’s actually musical beats? In which case beats is slang for… some kind of conversation?


  13. dornahainds says:

    Excellent! 🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀


  14. vivachange77 says:

    Delightful! The ordinary sounds can feel so good. I love the whimsical fountain.


  15. That was a good one….


  16. nailaalexi says:

    Arrrgh 😁 It’s like a really cruel joke


  17. psiberite says:

    It is interesting and humorous. Quite unusual the shit part of it. LOL Anand Bose from Kerala


  18. franklparker says:

    Brilliant – except for ‘beats’ which surely ought to be ‘beets’! Thanks for liking my shared post from Dan Alletorre.


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