Neil Hester

All poems © Neil Hester unless otherwritten

Location: North Carolina, United States

Friday, December 01, 2006


Well, we've tread upon yet another month, as December snows its way in (we got substantial snow [as in, blankets the grass] where I live for the first time in two years). First, some trivia on December, culled from Wikipedia's entry on December:


  • In Latin, decem means "ten". December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.
  • The solstice called the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere occurs on dates varying from 20 December to 22 December.
  • December's flower is the narcissus or holly.
  • In Finnish, December is called joulukuu, meaning "month of Christmas", since about the 18th century. Earlier it was called talvikuu, meaning "month of winter".
  • In the old Japanese calendar, the month is called Shiwasu meaning "priests run"; it is named so because priests are busy making end of the year prayers and blessings.

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    And, of course, we know that an economic phenomenon occurs and everybody spends money, advertises, gives out samples, sets up donation areas, and does all kinds of other jazz (including Christmas jazz: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlmen and whatnot). I rather like Christmas music: Sleighride, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts), Carol of the Bells are especially nice, among several catchy and enjoyable tunes for the holidays. Anyhow, onto the couplet:


    Des Mempher

    Deciphered, dismembered December is time
    For pleasantries, presentries, rhyming, and rime.


    And so exists the fourth of twelve Month couplets. Best of wishes for December; take care 'til next time,



    Blogger jdogmoney said...


    I'm a big fan of the couplet, not least because they figure somewhat prominently into A Series of Unfortunate Events.

    That's a depressingly good anthology of books.

    With all due respect,

    4:21 PM  
    Blogger SempreArioso said...

    ^ ^ Yes, December! I'm glad you mentioned the medley of Christmas music; I'm rather fond of Christmas songs myself.

    8:14 PM  

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