So, it’s the first day of November! What does the month of November mean to you?

For some, it’s a prelude to the end of the year, the time to begin reflection on resolutions made earlier on. For many others, it means preparing for Thanksgiving, getting together with family and friends; it’s cooler evenings, warm fires, shorter days and longer nights.

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Whatever this month means to you, here are a few interesting facts about November that I thought I’d share with you:

  • Though November is the 11th month on our calendar, it was originally the ninth month on the Roman Calendar… thus the origin of it’s name: novem, Latin for nine.
  • In Finland, the month of November is referred to as ‘marraskuu‘ which means ‘the month of the dead’.
  • Chrysanthemum is the flower for the month of November
  • The month of November was called Wind monath and Blod monath by the Anglo- Saxons due to the windy weather and it was also the month in which cattle was killed and animal sacrifices were made.
  • To writers though, November means NaNoWriMo . Though you don’t have to write a book in a month. You can do poems, journals, articles, blog posts… whichever form of writing you’re into, November usually means increased activity.

For me, I’m going to try my pen at some West Indian poetry and will be posting it here. These poems will be the start of a collection inspired by stories I heard growing up here in Trinidad. As such, they will be flavoured with Trini dialect and slang. It’s quite different from what I usually write(Read here) and may not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, but I hope readers will appreciate this aspect(Trini dialect) of my culture.

Until next time,

Passing grains of time through the opening in the glass!

Kimelene Carr

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