Spring has come back again. The Earth is
like a child that’s got poems by heart;
so many poems, so many verses,
patient toil winning her prizes at last.
Strict, the old teacher. We loved the whiteness
in the old gentleman’s beard, its bright snow.
Now when we ask what the green, what the blue is,
Earth knows the answer, has learned it. She knows.
Earth, you’re on holiday, lucky one: play now!
Play with us children! We’ll try to catch you.
Glad, joyous Earth! The gladdest must win.
Every lesson the old teacher taught her,
all that is printed in roots and laborious
stems: now she sings it! Listen, Earth sings!
Rainer Maria Rilke
from Sonnets to Orpheus (Part One, XXI), February 1922,
translated by Stephen Cohn
Hooray for the First Day of May!
Social distancing keeps us away
But we'll revel and shout with our laptops all out
And bring May in with joy, anyway!
The chain is getting longer! Add your link here!
FUN & EASY May Day Baskets to Celebrate May Day
May baskets are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats, left anonymously on someone’s doorstep. Here are lots of ideas for making your own with whatever you have on hand. This tradition is one we can definitely do during the quarantine. Be stealthy, stay healthy!
A reporter in the Sterling, Ill., Gazette in 1871 explained the seasonal ritual this way: "A May-basket is — well, I hardly know how to describe it; but 'tis something to be hung on a door. Made of paper generally, it contains almost anything, by way of small presents you have in mind to put in it, together with your respects, best wishes — love, perhaps. It is hung after dark at the door of anybody the hanger fancies. — Which done, the said hanger knocks and scampers."