Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Butter”

Stream of Consciousness Saturday


It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday again, and I got a box in the mail that says to be opened by the recipient only. So I opened it. Inside I found an ear of corn, a shaker of salt, and a pound of butter with a note. Here is what the note said. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “butter.” Use it as a noun, use it as a verb, use it any way you’d like. Have fun!”

So that’s it. If you would like to join in on the fun, visit Linda Hill’s post and learn how. It is effortless. Here is the link.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 6, 2021

Butter by John W. Howell © 2021

“I see you have some good-looking corn.”

“Yeah, it is mighty tasty.”

“Dripping with butter, I see.”

“Yup. Wouldn’t have it any other way.”

“A little salt too?”

“Not too much, but yes indeed.”

“You sure have a big smile on your face.”

“You trying to butter me up?”

“No, why would I do that?”

“Butter wouldn’t melt in your mouth; cool one.”

“Don’t know what you mean by that.”

“You might as well save your breath.”

“I still don’t know what you mean.”

“I only have one ear of corn.”


“So now what do you want to talk about?”

“Butter beans.”


🎶”Just a bowl of butter beans. Pass the biscuits if you please.”🎶

“Why are you singing that song?”

🎶”I don’t want no collard greens. Just a bowl of butter beans.”🎶

“I think you have lost your mind.”

“No more than you sitting there gorging on the only ear of corn. What if I was sitting drinking the last beer on the planet.”

“You would share it with me.”

“Damn right, I would. So why not share the corn?”

“It’s different. I’ve licked the whole ear.”


“You don’t want any?”

“Not now.”

“How about that beer?”

“What about it?”

“Where’s my half?”

“I drank it.”

“How about your half?”

“It was on top of yours.”

“So you drank it too.”

“Well, yes.”

“So we are even.”

“But I have more beer.”

“Oh good. Can I have some?”

“Butter me up first.”




  1. Excellent, John, although I still maintain the best way to enjoy sweetcorn is freshly plucked from the plant and eaten in the open before it realises it’s been picked – no butter, no salt, no heat beyond what it already had from the sun. Experience tells me, though, that this doesn’t work as well with maize; that’s best barbecued in its own leaves (silks removed first).

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    1. The distinction between maize and corn escapes me. We have sweet corn for eating and then field corn for feed etc. Is maize like field corn?

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      1. I think we’re talking about the same thing, John. Maize looks like double-size sweet corn (and it’s as tough as hell until it’s cooked).

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      2. Yeah it is the same. 😁

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  2. Well played! (I had to look up both the song and what butter beans are.)

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    1. Spreading the knowledge here on the farm. Thanks, Liz. 😁

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      1. You’re welcome, John. 😀

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  3. How sweet it is!

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    1. Thank you, GP.

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  4. You did a great job on this one, John! I just bought some butter beans the other day…LOL! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thak you, Jill Happy Saturday to you * sung to the tune of Young Girl by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

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  5. Nice job, John. An ear of corn would be hard to share. You’ve got me thinking of July. I can’t make the corn happen. I guess I’ll have to settle for a beer. I did see corn in the grocery store but not July corn.

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    1. We have a spring crop here around the middle of April. I remember in Indiana it was always August. Thank you, Dan. See you at the bar.

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  6. I imagine this being a conversation between two drunks at a cookout.

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    1. Hahahaha. Perfect. 😂


  7. Great post, John. I have not thought about butter beans in a long time. Who doesn’t love a hot ear of corn on the cob?

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    1. I do for sure, Maggie. Add a ripe sliced tomato and I’m in heaven. Thank you. 😁

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      1. Sounds perfect.

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  8. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I love butter beans and who doesn’t like corn with plenty of butter? Great job, John. And I thought Charles’s response was right-on. 😁

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    1. Charles’s response was perfect. Thank you, Gwen. I hope you have a fine Saturday. 😊

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  9. Seeing as all those calories have been consumed it might be safe to stop by. Happy Saturday John

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    1. Thank you, John. Happy Saturday to you. 😁

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  10. Well, this was a mighty buttery subject, John. I do love butter beans with cornbread and a slice of sweet onion. So, now you’ve made me hungry. 🙂

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    1. Maybe you’ll have to get some, Jan. 😁

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  11. Tit for tat! You always get a laugh out of me on these, John. Happy Saturday!

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    1. I’m so glad, Dale. Thanks for letting me know. 😁

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      1. You bet. 🙂

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  12. Aaaah! He licked all the corn – sounds like Michael. Very entertaining, John.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Robbie.

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  13. John, you have a great ‘stream of imagination’. Nice work!

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    1. Thank you, Steve,


  14. Thanks for the chuckle John. I remember my brothers licking any food they didn’t want to share. Too funny.

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    1. Yes indeed. 😁

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  15. I remember a boxer who called himself butter bean.

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    1. I vaguely remember that too.

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    2. petespringerauthor · · Reply

      This is the first thing I thought of. Butterbean was known as the King of the Four Rounders. Crummy footage, but proof that you don’t have to look like an athlete.

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      1. Thanks, Pete. Amazing stuff.

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  16. Haha! Well done, John.

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  17. Very well played! 😀🧈

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    1. Thank you, Deborah.

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  18. I’m assuming that beer is not Budweiser.

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    1. Carbonated defrost you mean?

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  19. i loved this poem ! the last line had me especially giggling ‘butter me up first ‘ !

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    1. Thank you. 😊

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