Paul Hansford


An English Calendar


January's frost and snow
makes your central heating blow.
February? That's no better;
almost as cold, and a good deal wetter.

March is windy, so they say -
I'd add gloomy, grim and grey.
Then April's showers join together
to give a month of drenching weather.

In May you may see skies of blue
but flying pigs are possible too.
In 'flaming' June the days are longer,
But sky's as black, and rain falls stronger.

July brings thunder, lightning, storm.
Ah well, at least the rain is warm.
August - at last the sun comes out;
Turn the hose off, it's a drought.

September - stifling, hot and dry -
Makes you long for wet July.
October then brings early chill
- and pouring rain. Oh what a thrill!

November - dull, drab, dank, and dismal;
of all the months the most abysmal.
Oh no, that's wrong; now I remember
It's more abysmal in December.

Snow, hail or thunder, storm or flood
don't bother those of English blood.
Let any kind of weather come!
Stiff upper lip, chaps, don't be glum.

Rejoicing in our heritage
we'll stick it out through every age,
and shout abroad both near and far,
'Our weather makes us what we are'
- blooming miserable.

Submitted: Thursday, July 03, 2008
Edited: Thursday, June 23, 2011

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (An English Calendar by Paul Hansford )

Enter the verification code :

  • Lillian Thomas (9/25/2009 8:24:00 AM)

    quite clever and a lot of fun! It makes me feel so much better for the horrendous heat we have 6-9 months of the year here. So glad you shared, Paul! (Report) Reply

  • Raj Nandy (8/7/2009 9:51:00 PM)

    Another beautiful poem! Being a lover of music, I loved the rhythm and beat you
    have maintained all along till the end! Your last two stanzas were simply great!
    I was keen to know what the people there had to say about the last line with its
    typical English humour! What Jennie says is perhaps true! But I suppose it is
    the sea all around which contributes to the unpredictable nature, of the typical English weather! 10 +++
    -Raj Nandy (Report) Reply

  • Jennie Radley (5/29/2009 7:00:00 AM)

    This one really made me chuckle. I remember being told once - 'England doesn't have a climate - it just has weather! ' But if we got better weather - what would we grumble about? Politicians of course - do you think there is a secret parliamentary weather control room? (Report) Reply

  • Bonnie Collins (7/5/2008 1:51:00 AM)

    Love the flow and personality you have given this write of the seasons...... Very nice flow of adjectives.......

    Bonnie (Report) Reply

Read all 7 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Being, Craig Matthew Hannan
  2. Wit, Craig Matthew Hannan
  3. One Petrified Sunday, Sidney Wade
  4. AUGUST آب - اغسطس, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  5. magic, laxami Cards
  6. I Am My Hand, Naveed Akram
  7. A Walk Alone!, Abhishek Tiwari
  8. Pass The Grave, Allian Bern Ballares Fuentes
  9. war and peace, lee fones
  10. Little Body Songs, Sidney Wade

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Dickinson

239

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"Heaven" is—to Me!

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet John Burroughs

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]