Today is May Day and Beltane. May Day offers flowers and games and dancing. Beltane celebrates fertility and fairies and offers rituals with a bonfire. I remember as a child making May Baskets, full of paper flowers, to give to each child in my class. So on this day, I enjoyed Spiritual Direction and a reading from Flower Cards. Felt like my own personal grown up May Day basket! The paper flowers of my childhood were to be viewed. The paper cards of flowers today were in a sense viewing me, and guiding me. In the evening I took a walk to enjoy my local Porchfests. Many in my community are taking to their porches on Friday nights for concerts. A map is published and people bike or walk to some or all of the concerts. I miss live music; so tonight was a real treat. My favorite was just around the block from where I live. I could hear the guitar and drum set as I turned the corner. I savored the singer songwriter’s original tunes. Better yet was savoring the audience; people of all ages. Children were dancing, one was on rollerskates, families arrived on their bikes, some had their dogs, some brought lawn chairs to sit on the sidewalk, one even brought a saxophone.. Everyone was appropriately distanced for our current situation, and wearing the required face masks. Even with the distance and masks, the music brought people together. Truly a chance to ruminate on the blossoms this day; and those yet to come.
A Prayer for Spring
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still. For this is love and nothing else is love, The which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends He will, But which it only needs that we fulfill." - Robert Frost
Originally Published to Facebook on May 2nd, 2020 at https://www.facebook.com/creativecarolcelebrant/posts/158675192289347