A Tale of Fire and Ice…and Snowmen

One wintery day I made a snowman, so very round and tall…
The next day when I saw him, he was not the same at all…

(Line ripped from one of my favorite books to read to my son: Snowmen at Night.
Buy it. Read it. You won’t regret it.)

A Tale of Fire and Ice and Snowmen

We had a massive snow fall a few weeks ago and I finally got a chance to sing this line to my son:

( 🎵 “Do you want to build a snowman?” 🎵 )

His reply?


(His preference was to stand by and manage.)

Getting him to skewer an eyeball in place was his main contribution.

The boy child loves to be outdoors, but was incredibly resistant to any actual involvement in the production of our own personal Frozen Olaf.

The next day, a winter heat wave reduced our snowman by half and the head was on the ground being scavenged by squirrels. (They refused to pose for a photo op.)

By day two, this was all that was left:

Goodbye, Olaf!

As tragedies go, this is pretty minor. Considering what is happening in Australia with the death of millions of animals, destruction of homes, and loss of human life, a single snowman isn’t much to mourn.

Unless you consider this pitiful snow person representative of the global crisis–then the desperate extension of stick arms toward non-existent safety is loaded with pathos.

It almost makes one want to break into song…

Stolen from Favim – image 1687550 with the understanding if I steal it from someone else, I am less liable for copyright infringement? Yes?

Here’s my version of that famous song done to death by everyone:

Frozen 3: Let it Burn
(to the Tune of Let It Go!)

The fires burn bright on the Outback tonight
Not a koala left to save
A kingdom of immolation
And it looks like one mass grave

The world is howling through the smoke-filled winds outside
Couldn’t fight the flames, heaven knows they’ve tried.

Don’t blame warming–catastrophy
Be in denial of all you see
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t try to know.
Well now they know.

“Let it burn, let it burn….
Can’t stop the sun any more
Let it burn, let it burn
The Earth’s a baked S’More
Ignore science, cause it’s easier
Than to change your ways
The Earth is doomed now anyways.

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears of global warming
Can’t touch cold hearts at all.

It’s time to see what we can do.
Break down the wall, make truth shine through
Let proof prevail, no doubts can stand.
I Understand!

Let doubt go! Let it go
I am one with Greta Thunberg
Let it go, let it go.
Let the victory cry be heard.

Here I stand and here I’ll stay
Let the fires rage on….

Snow flurries are gone now, snowmen are melting down.
My fear is spiraling in melting fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like a stabbing blast
There’s no going back, our future’s in the past!

Let hope go! Let it go!
Fires rise like the break of dawn.
Let hope go. Let it go!
Our chance to change is gone.

But I’ll still sing, as the embers burn.
Let the storm rage on.
Maybe someday, someone will finally learn…

Kind of says it all!
(Image stolen from John Harrington – Fire Olaf https://www.artstation.com/artwork/vv2XE

Now all I need is someone out there with an Elsa costume who can hit the high notes!

and a lawyer on speed dial for when Disney sues my ass off.


Footnote: Go ahead, Disney, write that sequel! But if you use my lyrics, I would like a cut of the royalties.

Giving credit where credit is due. The cover image was stolen–as is all my artwork since I can’t rub two sticks together and produce squat art-wise–from rikamello.deviantart.com. Rika Mello, you are the bomb!

By the way, until I wrote this piece, I had no idea there was a whole “Elsa on Fire” contingent out there. I mean, seriously, entire universes of fandom exist to fan the flames of this particular slice of Twisted-Disney weird. Lucky me to have found such beautiful larceny by intellectual property theft!

10 thoughts on “A Tale of Fire and Ice…and Snowmen

    1. One hopes you could hear them in your head while reading them. I had to listen to the original song about forty times in order to manage the lyrics I came up with. I may never get “Let it Go” out of my head again.


  1. It is considered “Fair use” if you take a copyrighted image and modify it to use it in an editorial capacity to make a point. Giving credit and linking back to the original is further protection.

    Disney is probably the most aggressive company out there in terms of image copyright protection. As long as you don’t do it for money or claim it as your own work, the most Disney can do is demand you take it down. I’ve seen them go after a preschool for having an original painting of Mickey Mouse on a wall.


    1. Yeek. Disney sicced lawyers on a kindergarten? Let’s hope I’m flying really low, below the radar! I would imagine it is next to impossible to find every single episode of copyright infringement with the plethora of offenders online. Let’s hope I’m the minnow that gets away from the very big, mouse-eared barracuda!


  2. I saw one story where they were measuring underground temperatures a few weeks after the bushfires had passed through an area – it was still 642 degrees celsius indicating the tree roots were still smouldering and on fire. It’s been catastrophic here.

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    1. I…tree roots can smolder too? I had no idea that was possible. I seriously don’t know how a country recovers from this level of devastation. Not to mention the flora and fauna.


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