May Day

Perhaps, “mayday” was a warning cry for warmth after a long bitter winter years ago?
Maybe only the spring peepers really know how to cheer on an early May’s jubilant song?
Were the migration of birds dismayed as snow steadily seeped in frozen ground?

On the brighter note…

Mayflowers nodded their sleepy heads on bare branched forest floor, a sprig of hope.
Maypoles decorated in rich colored ribbon held by young children skipping in the wind
and mayflies, nymphs, gorge on fresh algae only to enjoy a few short days of spring.

May Day is more than
sun shining brighter, longer
it is a fresh start!

Immature mayflies, also known as nymphs, feed on microscopic algae and organic matter in the water. Adults don’t have functioning mouthparts, and therefore do not eat? However, this isn’t an issue since mayflies only live as mature adults for a few days.

In Hawaii, May Day is also known as Lei Day, and it is normally set aside as a day to celebrate island culture in general and the culture of the native Hawaiians in particular. Invented by poet and local newspaper columnist and was celebrated on 1 May 1927 in Honolulu.

The maypole dance is a spring ritual long known to Western Europeans. Usually performed on May 1 (May Day), the folk custom is done around a pole garnished with flowers and ribbon to symbolize a tree. Practiced for generations in countries such as Germany and England, the maypole tradition dates back to the dances ancient people used to do around actual trees in hopes of harvesting a large crop.

“For lo, the winter is past,

The rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth;

The time of singing has come,

And the voice of the turtledove

Is heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 2:11-12
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  1. Sherry Marr says:

    I love the image of the children dancing around the maypole…the bright ribbons. Lovely. I love that sprig of hope too.


  2. memadtwo says:

    I like the atmosphere of opening. Necessary to begin anew. (K)


  3. Brendan says:

    May Day is a door for sure, from one Earth to its next … a larval moment, what gets us from wintry to summery. Great background here.


  4. kim881 says:

    That’s an interesting thought, Patti, ‘mayday’ on the one hand as a ‘warning cry for warmth after a long bitter winter’ and on the other a jubilant cheer. I love the mayflowers as a sprig of hope.


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