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Her Name Is January

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Her Name Is January

She rides into town with a storm as her steed
With clicking ice spurs, and rattling reins
With somber delivery and the bleak look of gloom
Bursting with pride as an old year must end 

She shoves her way into the house, out of spite
A gloomy gray cloud, who brings her own blight
Leaving a trail of mistletoe dust
Building a nest out of leftover crumbs

Flapping her wings and spinning her looms
Strutting her youth at the stroke of midnight
She stalks on wet feet, with some snow on her boots
She shouts out the news that some taxes are due
No care in the world she makes us feel blue!

Her windows are dark, and her doorway is bare
She holds a firm grip, till the end of her stay
Yet, slowly and surely, against her advice
Intrudes the domain, as she watches creeks rise
Then comes the sun, of a warm winter's day
It thaws her cold grip,  with frowns of surprise
With remorse, she announces... it's time for goodbye! 




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  1. Date: 1/21/2014 8:25:00 AM
    Enjoyed your expressions on January and congrats on the win, Carrie

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 2:43:00 PM
    - Hello January, contest is judged / / Sponsored by: Vicky Tsiluma - Congratulations on your winning poem, Carrie. - Nice to take part - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 11:20:00 AM
    I can feel the rhythmic click of ice spurs as the steed gallops its way through January. Congratulations on placing in the contest. It's nice to stop by for a visit and read your ever colorful poetry. Big Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 9:47:00 AM
    Beautifully done Carrie! You paint a grim picture of January - it certainly would be welcome to say goodbye. Very well written!

  1. Date: 10/26/2013 2:49:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win, well done! Excellent personification of Winter, I bet Sheri thought where's the science LOL to me I did personification but labeled it quatrain LOL glad to be "down here near YOU" Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 8:54:00 PM
    Carrie, , interesting Personifying Science poem.... congrats on the win..... Love Skat <3

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:45:00 PM
    Carrie, i like your entry... nice HM.... PD

  1. Date: 10/17/2013 11:04:00 PM
    What a nice depiction of winters entrance. And, very timely, too! RAY

  1. Date: 10/17/2013 10:46:00 PM
    Thanks so much for this wonderful poem personifying Winter's Grip on the world. There is a science of weather but I feel that science in general doesn't like to keep us in the dark. It is a well-orchestrated poem and I enjoyed reading it. Thanks much for entering my contest.

  1. Date: 1/7/2012 8:41:00 PM
    She looks as if she is ready to meet Gary Cooper out on the street at high noon. Great descriptive poem that should do well in Nette's contest.

  1. Date: 1/6/2012 6:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Nette's "Personification Of January" contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/5/2012 6:30:00 PM
    bbbbut don't hold your breath! Bbbbaby it's cold outside! Congratulations on your win, CArrie!

  1. Date: 1/5/2012 8:03:00 AM
    I'd better sharpen my pencil if I'm going to enter contests that you are in. If this doesn't win, I'm anxious to see what does. Craig

  1. Date: 1/3/2012 8:19:00 PM
    Beautifully visual Carrie. Nice write!

  1. Date: 1/3/2012 4:27:00 PM
    What a fantastic write you have written! Love the poem and the woman of January! Awesome Work!