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Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings, so he is usually portrayed as having two faces which look in opposite directions (the future and the past). He presided over the beginning and ending of conflict and hence war and peace. The doors of his temple were open in time of war, and closed to mark the peace. The Romans named the month of January in his honour.


19941540_coverby Jean Aked02 Jan 2016

January, bleak and dark,
The coldest of them all;
Your mantel is a cloak of white,
The New Year month of frost and ice and snow.

Janus, God of transitions and beginnings,
Looking to the future and the past;
Opening the door to war and conflict
And closing for a peace that's meant to last.