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In the Beginning, there was the Word.

And some say that the reason there was only one word was because Uncle Danny got hold of the rest and God just had to make do.

And Uncle Danny had black nails and no hair, and he wore big glasses and a hat and a coat, and he walked around Copenhagen at night and wrote it all down on the cobbles, and in his head, and in his hat and, sometimes, on paper.

And Uncle Danny was everybody's Uncle, even if nobody could really remember why or how. And Uncle Danny had the Words. And the Words had Uncle Danny.
And sometimes it would be hard to see where the Words ended and Uncle Danny began.

And there are rules that say you can't start a sentence with "and". And Uncle Danny did it anyway.
And with the Words he painted pictures of Vangede. And he painted pictures of the seedy bars and prostitutes, and of the country and the land and the people in the city, and the people in the City became the people Everywhere, because Uncle Danny painted them all.
And Uncle Danny did drugs sometimes, and sometimes he didn't. And he loved Donald Duck and zen and jazz and cities. And he had the Words. And sometimes it would be hard to see where the Words ended and Uncle Danny began.

And he was sometimes funny and sometimes sombre, and sometimes he wasn't either. And sometimes he was a Marxist, sometimes a capitalist, and sometimes he gave them all the finger. And he had black nails. And a hat and a coat and big glasses and no hair.

And we all knew Uncle Danny, even if we didn't know him. There was always a book with Uncle Danny, and there was always someone reading Uncle Danny, and if you didn't know Uncle Danny, you got to know him. And Uncle Danny made you laugh and he made you think, and maybe you liked him and maybe you didn't.
And we all knew Uncle Danny.

And someday Uncle Danny's heart stopped moving, and they say it was because he owed Cancer some money and Cancer took it out in trade. And nobody ever questioned Cancer or pulled Cancer in for questioning.

And everyone knew Uncle Danny, and his black hat and his black nails and his black coat and his bald head and his big glasses. And his black nails.
And now there's a square called "Uncle Danny's Square", and they say it was because he wrote a lot of books and had a lot of Words, and he was Very Important For Danish Litterature.

And we all knew it was because we all knew Uncle Danny. And even when Uncle Danny stopped writing, the Words never stopped coming. And Uncle Danny wrote a lot of books, and Uncle Danny had all the words, he had all the words except the last one, the first one.

And there are some people who say that Uncle Danny never died. And it was all because he missed the last Word, and he couldn't write his last book without it, and he had to go shake down God to get it back.

And they say he's in Copenhagen, in his hat and his coat and his glasses on the bald head and with his black nails. And he's writing the Words on the cobbles.
And sometimes it's hard to see where the Words stop and Uncle Danny begins.
For Uncle D.

Post Mortem.

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EDIT:
Did minor edits. If this is to be my most famous work, I'll be damned if I don't put a little bit of effort into it.
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Given 2008-05-14
Uncle Danny, by ~Skyen, creates power through repetition and suggestion, leaving us nodding at the end as if we knew him--and maybe we did. ( Featured by GeneratingHype )
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tannor Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Filmographer
I consider this one of the few gems to truly come from the deviantART Lit community.

Glad to have re-discovered you, Uncle Danny. :beer:
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fate-of-wisdom Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
I had never heard of uncle danny until now but you made me feel like i do know him... for a long time already.
And I really like your style! somehow it reminds me a little bit of Terry Pratchett.. mainly at the beginning :)
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xXDeverenoXx Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009   Photographer
wow.
this peice is written so well. i can just see him. writing on the cobbles and i can just see him. this peice of writing makes me practically speachles.. :] i love it. :heart:
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Skyen Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A-heh... :)

Thank you. I'm glad it meant something to ya :)
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xXDeverenoXx Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009   Photographer
(:

its my pleasure.
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Skyen Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And mine ;)
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xXDeverenoXx Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009   Photographer
:glomp:
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oKeepthePeaceo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is GREAT! I was enraptured!

Maybe I do know uncle Danny...
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Skyen Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe you do. I dunno how well stocked your libraries are :)

Thanks ^_^
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oKeepthePeaceo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at all :)

I stock my library thoroughly ;p
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Skyen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good, good. Such is the policy of the well-read :)
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oKeepthePeaceo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D right, you are.
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EverydaySaint Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Featured: [link]
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MrsCorax Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
I hate to do this, to fave this, because I KNOW you're probably sick and tired of that this is your most famous work ever, but just so you know, it is both brilliant, and moving, and a true homage.

I was almost moved to tears, which is odd, because it's not exactly sad, but it's just a beautiful piece of writing, and you can see him. You can see Uncele Danny, you can see the cobbles he wrote and wrote on. And every Christmas we hear his voice, telling us how he hated Christmas, and we laugh with him, and feel that now we don't have to.

I never ever liked poetry. But I like Danny's and, honestly, I like yours too. It's not like Danny's although this piece is obviously inspired (because if it wasn't, where would Danny fit in?), but still..
You write well, kiddo.

Please, keep on doing that.
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Skyen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You hate to fave my things and give them nice comments?

Uh... I guess... thanks? õ_ò

No, no, I know what you meant. I just can't help but seize on a joke when I see it.


I am a bit miffed about this piece because it took me, like, thirty minutes to bang out on the keyboard, and I just posted it directly without any editing or critical review or grammar-checks or anything. It was late, I had been listening to old Uncle D.-records and I had this sort of loose, sketchy idea for the rythm and writing things down and sort of taking off from D's style of "For Meget, Mand" and "Ude På Landet".

I just feel like that by all right it should be no better than a quick uncritical doodle that you didn't even know where you were going with and didn't bother using an eraser on.
It's just on principle: this shouldn't be good, because I got away with it way too easily.

Other people disagree, evidently, and I can't say I don't appreciate it. Hadn't this piece generated such... startling amounts of interest, I probably wouldn't have written half of the other half-baked poetic puffballs that occasionally clutter up my "Latest Deviations".


I also despise poetry in the classical sense - Uncle D. said it best, I think: that sort of "I have this kind of feeling inside that I really have to communicate so I can tell everybody how I'm feeling in a poetic way"-poetry that might be eloquent, but gets so bloody insipid and uninspired after a verse or two.
Shakespeare, though, that shit be DOPE, yo. That's what poetry's supposed to be like: it fuckin' communicates, and it moves things. The primary failing of most poetry I hate is that it doesn't get anywhere, it just sort of noodles around in "this is how I feel right now" and offers no reason, no consequence, no progression and no bleeding ending.


But I am being verbose. The point I'm trying to reach is: "thank you kindly" :)
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Spectic Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
In the beginning I was confused, but now uncle Danny seems so familiar. And this is done so well, and the repetition works beautifully. And grammar should have less rules, so that people aren't so restricted. And then they could be like Uncle Danny.
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Skyen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, Danny had few restrictions, this is true :)

But he always, always met his deadlines ;)
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EverydaySaint Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
This was featured in, Literature Features: Edition One!
If you wish to see the news post, click this [link]

~ =SeptemberBreeze
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naty23 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
love it x
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Mackenzie001 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
I know Uncle Danny.
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pulsesprite Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
amazing read
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KJ-Bishop Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Great writing. There's a lot conveyed here; Uncle D. comes to life in my mind when I read it.
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Kallieth Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Amazing writing. It was lovely
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Ben-Zenith Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
what was the one word he didnt have?
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Skyen Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The First Word. God was pretty adamant about keeping that one.
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Ben-Zenith Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
I see. Nice job on this, I now :heart: Uncle Danny. ;)
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LitoNico Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
I really enjoyed this. Uncle Danny sounds like someone I'd like to get to know...

Maybe now I'll go down to the library and take out a book, and get to know him. And my friends will get to know him a little, too.
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Tough-Luck Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad this is a Daily Deviation, because I love this so much. You made great use of repetition. I wish I had an idea like this for my mom's post mortem. It's so light-hearted, yet it stills pays homage. Thank you. :3
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I-AM-RESISTY Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
I want to be like Uncle Danny...
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ArtMousie Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Student General Artist
I really liked the way that this flowed, almost like there was this drum beating in the background like they do at those poetry jam things. It was a really interesting piece.
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serenitylust Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Excellent concept!
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Keeperofthegates Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I believe I know Uncle Danny.
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Kuroi-Furan Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
I swear i hadn't noticed that every sentence had started with 'and' until you said the rule and how uncle danny never seemed to listen to it (or something)...'and' felt so natural...didn't notice...

anyway, lovely, i believe i have met him, yes...somewhere deep in me is my own uncle danny....it would be lovely to say this at some event or something...out loud for ppl to hear it...FAV
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dylan13500 Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I love how every sentence except for the first one starts with "And". And there is a great way to get you to notice that.
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Eleh Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Original. I'm pleased. <3
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rabbit145 Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
:O Very...interesting. Who is Uncle Danny, anyway?
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Keeperofthegates Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He's the words
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rabbit145 Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Oooooooooooooh. Well...that makes a little sense...
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Skyen Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or are they him? I never really could tell with Uncle Danny.
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emochibi Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
That's cool. ^^
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mhazzaa Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
not much of a reader..
i held my breath while reading ...
such style ...
well done
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Shuuressha Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
...there's nothing I can say.

All the books I read, all the writing pointers I've received.

Apparently, you don't need them.

Thank you.
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Miszery Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
im sorry but i must ask whos Uncle Danny?
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Skyen Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wikipedia is your friend. Dig around a little and you should find him :)
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johndeand Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Student Photographer
wow may i pretty pretty please print this and give it to my literature teacher and ask her to include it in one of her lesson plans? this is SO amazing, like few short essays i've ever seen before. though i don't know uncle danny, i'm sure what your piece said is true.... everyone knows uncle danny in one way or another.
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Skyen Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, on two conditions: Firstly, keep my name on the piece, obviously. I like to be credited for what little contribution I do make to the world of litterature.
Secondly, if it's used, the piece may *only* be used for practical educational purposes. Classroom use, that is. I'd rather it doesn't get spread around too much or reprinted somewhere.
Y'know, just printouts for the class, and it's fine.

Not that I'm accusing you of planning to do anything illegal with it, I just want to cover my bases.
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johndeand Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Student Photographer
yay thank you so much and i COMPLETELY understand. thanks friend!
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Skyen Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And hey, if you do use it in a class or something, let me know how it's received, yeah? :)
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johndeand Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Student Photographer
i showed it to both my english instructors, but since it's the week before final exams, they didn't really have time to show it to their classes. but they both loved it immensely!! thanks for the opportunity to share your work =)
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Delicatesilver Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I love the way you write. Uncle Danny seems like he was wonderful.
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