Polly

Writings and Witterings

Dry January

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Poetry is alive and well,
plus it’s Björn’s birthday – that’s so swell.
What celebrations there will be
lots to eat and drink; he’ll be merry,
unless he’s doing ‘Dry January,’
like folk in the UK for charity.
There are other ways to get a message across
without such promo’s and all that dross.
If we want to give, we’ll give and then
many will give and give again;
no need for novelties, or bigging up,
we just do it quietly, without all that truck.
Those who commit to a better world
can do without a public fuss unfurled,
they quietly get on with helping others,
not suggesting time needed to recover
from a month of no alcohol like we’re in prohibition.
All I say is…don’t make it a tradition.

Polly Stretton © 2015

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44 thoughts on “Dry January

  1. I don’t think we have that over here ~ More like running, marathon & climbing up the CN Tower ~ And I agree with you on helping others without the public fuss, just help when you can ~

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    • Thanks Grace, I don’t often write such poems, but Claudia’s post seemed to bring all of this to mind…I just don’t care for all the hoo-ha…if you want to give, give, if not – well, we all make choices.

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  2. i have to say, i don’t quite get the connection between “Dry January” and charity…. i had to smile when i saw that you had worked Björn’s birthday into your poem ~ well done!

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    • heh-heh..over here in the UK we have had ‘Dry January’ in which people gave up alcohol and donated the money they would have spent to charity – no problem with that, just with the hoo-ha surrounding it. If folk want to give to charity, fine, many of us do that quietly, or through our actions. Hope that explains it a bit better 🙂 And welcome to my blog. Good to make your acquaintance.

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  3. Smiles. I agree with you–give quietly. Although being a part of a group effort can be encouraging, I suppose. And it’s not a bad idea to give the liver a rest after all the holidays. Anyway–January is over for you–I still have a few hours left.

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    • I’m sure you’re right, Victoria. For some being part of a group effort will make all the difference. And – heh-heh – for sure you’re right re giving the liver a rest!
      Yes, our January is over – it’s 01:02 here – enjoy the rest of January whilst it’s with you 🙂

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  4. I totally agree with you Polly about all the public fuss. In the summer I got very annoyed at the ice bucket even though it was for a good cause.

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    • Isn’t it strange that I feel slightly uncomfortable admitting that I agree? So many people have lots of fun and seem to really enjoy such things…they’re just not for me…I’m heartened that I’m not on my own, Gabriella 🙂

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  5. Ah, there are many ways to celebrate…I prefer quietly to making a fuss, but whatever a person chooses for his/her day is fine with me. Smiles.

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  6. Bravo! What fun reading this. The rhymes, Bjorn’s bjirthday, dry for a cause…..I truly enjoyed this.

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  7. I agree with everyone’s thoughts here Polly, well said!

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  8. those who do it for the right reason, will do it regardless the fuss that is made you know
    its a heart issue…no need to make a fuss…

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  9. Here, here – and for those of us who have a “Dry Life” its hard to see what all the fuss is about anyway :). Giving is like kissing, no need to tell.

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  10. Ha! Enjoyed your style here, Polly. Quite fun to read.

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  11. Serious message in a fun read.

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  12. Ha! Don’t think I could do that… but if I did, I’d probably not tell. I love the humorous plea at the end!

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  13. Helping others should not be limited to alcohol.. January is for many a month when most people have needs. Not a dry month for me here, but I could see the point… Thank you for the birthday wishes 😉

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    • So true, Björn, nor should it be limited to January! We do what we can when we can – hope you had an excellent birthday 🙂

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  14. I have to say that I find the concept of Dry January unsettling. As if the idea of going off the demon drink for even a short month can be such a noteworthy event, an almost impossible challenge for some.

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    • I’m guessing it’s one of those things that’ll run and run…whatever lights your fire, I guess, but this doesn’t do it for me, Joe.

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  15. Fun poem Polly!

    France is wonderful for raising monies for charity. I’m not sure how it would work here. You do understand that wine is not considered alcohol. That is what I was told by the hospital nutritionist nearly two years ago… 🙂

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    • Thanks Léa 🙂

      Yes, I understand that France, like UK, is great for raising funds. Interesting that wine is not considered alcohol over there, is it just spirits that are thought of as alcohol? How interesting.

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      • Before leaving the hospital nearly two years ago, the nutritionist gave me some do’s and don’ts for post-op and said no alcohol but wine with meals and such. I’ve often heard that it is not considered alcohol here only spirits and beer. However, I don’t believe I would want to drink much and drive these roads in the country or have a gendarme pull me over… 🙂

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  16. Neatly rhymed and sustained piece Polly that speaks to life… With Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastrie.com

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  17. i’m all for giving and helping without making a bit fuss or event out of it – some people though need a bit of extra “help” – ha – and i don’t mind as long as they do something good

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    • Like you, I’ve no problem with helping as long as it’s something good. Just that this method doesn’t do anything for me. Ha! I guess we’re stuck with it now.

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  18. Great poem Polly and well said. I’m also not for all the fuss, but I guess if it encourages some who may not otherwise be aware, then it’s good. I don’t drink at all so I guess I could give that money away forever! Except that years of drinking alcoholically nearly broke me! So I will just continue to do what I do quietly and that’s enough for me 😊

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    • Thanks Christine – you make good points about fuss and awareness – and made me smile at the thought of giving ‘that money away forever!’ Lovely to hear from you 🙂

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  19. It is a tradition for my family to take a drink during certain holidays, but we don’t make a habit out of it. I really like the message that you present here in this poem Polly. There are so many accidents happening out there due to being under the influence. Thanks for being one of those who cares.

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  20. Totally agree with the sentiment here Polly – some people make such a drama of things don’t they!

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    • Well…that sort of thing does nothing for me…great if it fills the coffers with funds, and some good ideas for doing so, just not for me. Thanks for your comments Holly 🙂

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