Wednesday, April 11, 2012


my A to Z - every day of the challenge I will find a word by flinging my finger into my American Heritage Dictionary and then riff on it. The posts may be essays or poems or stories or memories. Who knows what will happen when we give Serendipity her wanton way?

January as described by Janus and transcribed by Jan

I am not two-faced and am frankly sick of all of you saying that about me. I have two faces that is true - one facing the past and one the future. That is significantly different than being called two-faced however. I hope you recognize the subtlety. I am the god of thresholds, of gates, of doorways. If you think of it that is precisely why the newest month of the year is named after me - I stand in the doorway of the past and the future. Some might call me 'the now'. Yes, the now. We are always on that threshold are we not? We long for the future or are frightened of the future - we are nostalgic for the past or are glad to have escaped it.

Let us look at January - it doesn't matter a whit to me if you are of the northern or southern persuasion - January is still the beginning of the calendar that most of us use.
But beginning when it is all so round, so circular, so never-ending - well threshold between the past year and the future year is simply a better way to look at it. Time is after all not linear. I have a friend by the name of Malc who believes that time happens all at once but we can't stand that so we sort it into past, present and future. That could be true. The Jan who is transcribing this is as we speak sitting on the beach in Florida but appears to have just written this! I am not only long dead but I never was and as for January, she comes around every so often and we're glad of it.
Enough! I've got to stand here - in this gateway between yesterday and tomorrow and I have to look in both directions while I do so. I can't be jabbering to you. Be gone!


Margot Kinberg said...

Jan - What a wonderful way to describe what January is really like. It is the doorway from one place to another. Nice description of the interconnectedness and I like the creative approach to discussing it. Hope you're enjoying your trip.

Christie Wright Wild said...

These are cool. I like how you're doing the challenge. Keep it up!

Susan Barclay said...

Very creative, Jan! If I participate in the challenge again next year, I may very well try your method! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your comments :)

Liza said...

A very apt description of the beginning of the year--so much ahead, a lot behind and standing on a line in the middle.

Faith Pray said...

Ha! It's like looking sideways at something. I wonder if I'd have a breakdown if I figured out how to be in all my moments simultaneously. Maybe that's the point - if I stop thinking of time as a linear element, I could be so free. Like an astronaut trying to eat cheese puffs or something. You amaze me with the A-Z's, clever friend!