May Day! May Day!


Ribbons Connecting Us All

THE RIBBONS  OF THE MAY POLE  SYMBOLIZES A RAINBOW OF LIGHT THAT CONNECTS US TO  ONE  ANOTHER. THE POLE REACHES  UP FOR THE HEAVENS AND DOWN TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH TO REMIND US THAT WE ARE KIN, NO MATTER WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE GO.  THE MAY DAY CRY FOR ASSISTANCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE SENT OUT AROUND  THE WORLD WITH DRAMATIC  NATURAL AND HUMAN-MADE EVENTS UNTIL, WE ALL GET THE MESSAGE: TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER AND RESPECT  MOTHER NATURE!

Love is in the Air

RABBIT KISSES BEAR ? I REFUSE TO  BE PESSIMISTIC BECAUSE, THERE IS HOPE IN SPRING. THIS IS A TIME OF FECUNDITY, TIME OF  BLOOMING AND COMING OUT OF OUR CAVE. EVERY YEAR,  IN BERKLEY , THE MORRIS DANCERS CELEBRATE MAY DAY AND LUCY BEAR APPEARS  TO BRINGS US LEMON POPPY SEED CAKE.

SPRING POPS FORTH

THE YELLOW OF THE LEMON REPRESENTS THE SUN AND THE POPPY SEEDS STAND FOR THE THE TINY BITS OF NEW LIFE BURSTING FORTH AS FLOWERS, AS BABIES BEING CREATED, AND OUR HEARTS OPENING TO ONE ANOTHER!  YOU MAY NOT GET TO INSPIRATION POINT AT SUN RISE TO GET YOUR PIECE OF CAKE,  SO HERE IS A SWEET POEM TO NIBBLE ON: MARY OLIVER’S “SPRING”.

Spring

Somewhere
a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring

down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring

I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
her tongue

like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question:

how to love this world.
I think of her
rising
like a black and leafy ledge

to sharpen her claws against
the silence
of the trees.
Whatever else

my life is
with its poems
and its music
and its cities,

it is also this dazzling darkness
coming
down the mountain,
breathing and tasting;

all day I think of her –
her white teeth,
her wordlessness,
her perfect love.

~ Mary Oliver ~

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