On the Murder and Mayhem Yahoo Group, they asked the question "what was your favorite month and why", and "what is your best month for reading". Not being willing to follow the simplest of instructions, and recognizing that it's National Poetry Month, I found my own unique way to answer the questions. I am not a poet, I just don't know it (well, really I do).

A Perfect Time for Reading
January provides winter's calm and post-holiday
relaxation, a fine time for reading,
February offers a hope for spring and time for
romantic leanings. Ah! A fine time for reading,
March can be fraught with bitter winds, but daffodils
show. What a fine time for reading,
It's April when a rainy spring day provides the
perfect time for a day-long chance at reading.
It is in May that tired bones from a day in the garden
cry out for the relaxation of an evening spent in
It must be June, the flowers bloom, and the birds all
seem to sing, "It's a fine time for reading".
Now hot July impels us all to picnic at a riverside
and pick up our favorite book for a lazy time at
It's August when a summer's day will punish you with
its insistent heat. Wouldn't you rather stay inside
and pick up a book to read?
September arrives and the kids are in school. Isn't it
cool? While they do homework, you fit in some time for
reading (Bouchercon, anyone?).
The crisp October evenings bring on the dark a little
earlier now. Wind down with the sun and take some time
for reading.
It is November, a peaceful time, when holidays loom
ahead. Take some time now before the craziness begins
and become better read.
Ah, December, when decorating, travel planning and
holiday shopping monopolize our time. It's also the
perfect time for spreading the joys of reading.

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Comment by Merrill Young on April 10, 2007 at 2:04am
I discovered them via my best friend when I was about 12. At that time I only got their 'silly humour' but subsequent listenings have shown them to have been wonderful political satireists,too. Now I'm old enough to get all the jokes.
Comment by David Magayna on April 7, 2007 at 2:11pm
i found a site dedicated to them and see they have a lot of song lyrics listed.
Comment by Merrill Young on April 7, 2007 at 12:13pm
Dave, are you familiar with the english comedy duo Flanders and Swann?
They have a cheery little song called 'A Song of the Weather' that I was reminded of when I read this

January brings the snow
Makes your feet and fingers glow
February's Ice and sleet
Freeze the toes right off your feet
Welcome March with wintry wind
Would thou wer't not so unkind
April brings the sweet spring showers
On and on for hours and hours
Farmers fear unkindly May
Frost by night and hail by day
June just rains and never stops
Thirty days and spoils the crops
In July the sun is hot
Is it shining? No, it's not
August cold, and dank, and wet
Brings more rain than any yet
Bleak September's mist and mud
Is enough to chill the blood
Then October adds a gale
Wind and slush and rain and hail
Dark November brings the fog
Should not do it to a dog
Freezing wet December then:
Bloody January again!
(January brings the snow
Makes your feet and fingers glow).

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