to january, with love

 

January is a schoolmarm in a one-room schoolhouse on the frozen North Dakota prairie. She wears a gray woolen dress and peers over her spectacles with sharp grey eyes. Better be on time, sit up straight, and memorize your lessons so you’re ready when called on to recite. Here’s a clean slate and a bucket for fetching coal.

January is a team of malamutes ready to pull new sled. They wiggle and whine as musher harnesses them together; experienced dogs in front. He pats each one and slips them treats as they lick his gloved hand. Well-bred and muscular, January’s eager for the arduous adventure ahead. With a shove and a shout, we’re off.

January is a precipitous game of chance. It freezes and sneezes as icicles and noses drip. Weather rages stormy blizzard, then melts to muddy puddles. Celebration left in the past, until someone’s birthday or you migrate south. Glum with fevers or gorgeous with snowflakes, January is faceted garnet – a real germ…excuse me, gem.

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first month of the year

opens possibilities

Latin word for door

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joining Kim at dVerse Poets with this (rather unconventional) haibun for January.

the winter is past…

Link to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai 

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photo by lynn

wrens did not return

youngest son built new birdhouse

our hearts are frozen

and the sound of birds is heard…

 late wrens sit in bush

life is more than building nests

sing little hearts out

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photo: Michael Finn, birdwatchireland.ie