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New Year ©

Stella
Fife, Scotland
2007

They knew a thing or two
Yesteryear's girls with standards
Women who cleaned
Cleared away the old year
With elbow grease and hard work

Not content with Christmas just past
Their second act was The cleaning
Top to bottom a clean sweep
Ending with the last pan of fire ash
Just before the bells rang out

They sat quite smug with clean piny
Hair set and a dusting of powder
New slippers and a full pantry
Father in his chair lording things
Welcomed in family friend and whoever

The cleansing of a bad year
When grief visited or ill came in
Was swept out with cobwebs
And New Year came in pristine
All the better for a clean hearth



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