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  Calendar, Wall
by Phyllis Jean Green
Friday, February 03, 2006
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If you love winter, this will probably have little appeal for you. I wrote it because a lot of people are feeling down, and sometimes when you are down, cheerful can irritate. Actually make you feel worse. For those who live in climates where there are a lot of grey days, they are not likely to help {though for myself I find that the occasional grey day is soothing, and a bright let's-all-dance-around-the-Maypole day feels like an insult (And yes, waking up to see the world quilted with snow is a thrill. While the magic lasts, there is nothing like it.) Peace and Love Beyond the Beyond, Pea



Calendar, Wall
 
November:   up, down, coast.
December:  up on the Eve,
down on the Day,  Up, down,
down, up, up New
Year's Eve, down New
Year's Day, look forward to
tax-down January, expect
bills-up down January
have to face Real
cold soup, bed cool
his-her side January but pull
up February, just watch
out for Valentine's Day.
Talk about down.
 
Grey-sky blues meet
blue-sky greys.  Easy-
to-tear lace edges red
paper heart that tears
and rain make holes in.  Cheap
piece of sentiment.  Arrow points
to a different love.  One you sent
came back.  Envelope scrawled
Return to Sender slash Expired.
 
Snow-No snow IRS sugar low
March on hold while April
warms slow motor
bird outside window
has frog in throat, but notes
May will soon open,
rasps invite it to nest
in oak leans near.
 
Up flies the bird
to find mate and twig.
Up comes a daffodil
Up comes a crocus
Up, up, up, Spring smiles
and June laughs don't have to walk
down  aisle.  Heat dizzies
exactly right.  July roses
trellis, August the leaves
start saving gilt and sending out
invitations to play leapfrog.
Take in the scent of fresh
composition books and bonfires
more red and yellow than blue.
 
This time save back some.
Winter comes back.

 

(c)  Phyllis Jean Green,  February, 2006


 
 
 



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Reviewed by Dale Clark 4/7/2006
Pea-I love grey rainy days and I envy you for living in
the south cause it is true the cold winter days can get
you down. This is great as usual.
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 2/6/2006
ah, Pea..this is wonderful and so are you! (that's my bit to your editor)...you're so right: the occasonal grey day can be soothing, the never-ending grey weighs you down. You capture the relentlessness of the seasonal cycles expertly.

I dread summer now because of the unbreathable, unbearable, the entirely unhealthy and unxxxxx... but in my youth...summers were delightful.

love,
Gina
Reviewed by Henry Lefevre 2/6/2006
But spring always follows winter. That is even so in cold Minnesota where the polar bears wear fur coats and the members of Polar Bear Clubs risk heart attacks as they jump into the icy water. One point, though. If they live through the experience, the rest of the winter will seem warm.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/5/2006
What a unique poem Pea, I just love it...is it Spring yet?
love and peace...Carole
Reviewed by jude forese 2/5/2006
a delightful cyclic sojourn through seasonal changes ...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/5/2006
And so the world goes round and around...never ending circle of whatever!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/4/2006
This was like an old movie where they would show the pages of a calendar folding back tearing from the calendar and blowing away. You made each month's special moments become the heart of the write. Nice work, Pea!! I am glad that I live at high altitude or I would not have had any proof that we had a winter this year at all. Fortunately, our nights are cool-cold, though the days have all been spring-like. I miss the cold and snowy mornings...sigh!
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/4/2006
Hi Pea:

It's nice...:)

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by SilverCeltic Moon 2/4/2006
I really liked the wording of this....especially: "take in the scent of fresh composition books and bonfires". Excellent way to describe that time of year. ;) Silver
Reviewed by Paul Williams 2/4/2006
It's always bloody grey here Pea; there's no wonder I end up writing dark stuff lol. I actually love all the seasons, they all have something unique to offer as does this equally unique piece.

Paul;-)
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/4/2006
I much prefer summer myself Pea, especially those days of warm summer breezes and magical nights !
This is an amazing medley and juxtaposition of words which captures and holds your attention throughout !
Peter
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 2/4/2006
the cycle of the seasons caught in your inimitable style, Phyllis.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/4/2006
I enjoy the four seasons, and I enjoyed this poem, Phyllis.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/4/2006
I love winter and truly enjoyed this write as well. It does have its down sides of course but so do summer with the excessive heat. Spring and Fall though are still my two favorite seasons,especially spring with it's promise and it's rebirth...Hmmnnn guess I just wrote my own calender.

Felix
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/4/2006
Pea~

I happen to love winter; but I can understand why many people would feel down in winter.It is such a cold, grey, unappealing, forboding time of year! Very well expressed; well done, darlin'!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/4/2006
Pea, Pea, Pea,

You've left me shaking my head in wonder at the brilliance of your pen. Too many favorite lines in this joyful write, but mine are:

"...Snow-no-snow IRS sugar low
March on hold while April
warms slow motor
bird outside window
has frog in throat but notes
May will open soon...."

Still smiling at the imagery. Spot on. This one's going to linger awhile, in my library and in my mind. Thank you for your beautiful, celebratory words today!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 2/3/2006
Takes us on a cyclic journey of the twelve months.

"bonfires more red and yellow than blue." This is my favorite line. I like the thought of how the ancients carved calendar sticks, or record rods to record important events. I have the Calendar Sticks tarot card posted in my den. It is Native American conjoined with Chinese, and is inspired by my character in my novel Blue Corn Woman who paints on animal hides. I like all seasons, but fall season is my choice. It is good for my pretty complexion. Really a nice chronicling of the months, Pea. You're the best! You have a day on my calendar every month! Two in the month of June here when the Sweet Pea blooms! Thanks for the months, Pea. They're getting longer.

Sage
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/3/2006
This is a clendar I will not forget to soon!

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