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Mr January

January, you come in to applause,
As you nod goodbye to Santa Claus.
No other month is hailed like you.
You take for granted that's what we do.
Sometimes you're calm and sometimes wild.
Sometimes you're loved, sometimes reviled.
Depending on where in the world you be,
You are hated or loved, Mr. January.

In the North you're sure to come in cold
With brashness and a manner bold.
You save good manners for the South
When only warmth comes from your mouth.
We in the North will shut you out.
You can stay outside to rant and shout.
To us you're not a welcome guest.
You can be in fact, a dreadful pest.

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  1. Date: 2/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
    Joyce, . Hugs* SKAT

  1. Date: 1/21/2014 8:54:00 AM
    Enjoyed your expressions on January and congrats on the win, Joyce

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 2:33:00 PM
    - Hello January, contest is judged / / Sponsored by: Vicky Tsiluma - Congratulations on your winning poem, Joyce. - Nice to take part - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 12:14:00 PM
    Congrats on a fine win Joyce...

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 11:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in the January contest. I like the way you paced the poem...quickly taking us right through January while making note of the essence of this cold winter month. It was nice to stop by and read your poem this afternoon. Big Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 9:02:00 AM
    Lovely poem Joyce! Nice observation on how January is perceived by different people. Well done.

  1. Date: 1/7/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Joyce, .. Congratulations:) thank you for supporting my contest...... xOx ~LINDA

  1. Date: 1/6/2012 6:36:00 AM
    Congrats. Joyce on this lovely gem creative and well written you are a talented writer it chose nicely in this poem the how, love,vie

  1. Date: 1/6/2012 6:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Nette's "Personification Of January" contest Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/5/2012 6:20:00 PM
    Awesome Joyce! congratulations on your high win

  1. Date: 1/5/2012 1:29:00 PM
    Love your opening - hooked me right away with the applause and nod. wonderful descriptions throughout. congrats on your 1st place win!!!!!!

  1. Date: 1/1/2012 4:33:00 PM
    Nice Personification !!! Best of Luck !! Though our winters are mild compared to the northern states, I still dislike the cold of winter.

  1. Date: 1/1/2012 11:56:00 AM
    I really enjoyed reading this poem,Joyce:) He`s not a welcome guest here either.But how lovely you penned it down to a poem.Love and Peace,Arild

  1. Date: 1/1/2012 11:30:00 AM
    beautiful jyce. Hope you had wonderful holidays. good luck in the contest with this gem cory