Rain

Rain I don’t mind,
I’m not one to complain;
it’s just that it’s turned
so cold again!

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The Sun

The sun turns her face
behind grey clouds and weeps
to see the daffodils fade away.

White cherry blossom pom-poms
waving in the breeze call
her back to smile again.

Double Celebration Day

Flag of St GeorgeToday is St George’s Day. St. George is the patron saint of England – we share him with many other regions, towns and countries around the world as well, including Catalonia (Spain) Georgia, Greece, Lithuania and Russia to name but a few!

Despite being our saint’s day today is not a Bank Holiday, oh no, that would be too patriotic and here in England we are not allowed to be patriotic in case it upsets those amongst us who are not ethnically English; it’s not ‘PC’ to be patriotic about England.

St. Patrick’s Day (for Ireland) is a Bank Holiday, so is St. Andrew’s Day (for Scotland) and we are allowed to celebrate special days with those whose ethnic roots are not here in the UK, such as Diwali or West Indian Carnival amongst others and we have St. Patrick’s Day parades in English cities, but nothing for St George.

Actually that is not strictly true, we do have St. Georges Day Parades. Many towns up and down the country have Church Parades for the uniformed organisations such as Guides, Scouts and armed forces Cadets, led by a band and members of the British Legion. This is usually a simple march up a short length of road, carrying their banners, into Church for a service on the nearest Sunday to the day (this year that was yesterday) and does not inspire a great deal of celebration amongst the population at large, no major public show of unity, purpose and celebration – I repeat, that would be too patriotic. I can’t help feeling that there are large numbers of our population who not aware that today is St. George’s Day, or possibly even that he is our patron saint.

The second cause for celebration today is that it is also the birthday of the bard – William Shakespeare. Unfortunately I also fear that there are many who are equally unaware of this and probably don’t care anyway – despite the fact that they quite unknowingly quote (or misquote) from his works in their ordinary everyday speech. If I start listing all the words, phrases and expressions he introduced into our language I will be here all day and beyond!

So in honour of our Double Celebration Day today I wish you all a Happy St. George’s Day and leave you with a quote from the bard:

“The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit; and, upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry! England and Saint George.'”

Henry V Act III Scene I

Delicate Beauty

Magnolia Blossom

 

Magnificent
delicate beauty
yet so bold,
palest pink, purple tinged.
Magnolia.

Weather Forecasters

While weather forecasters think to hone
their skill by pouring over images
from satellites and charts,
or study their computer programmes
believing it a science not an art,
while Mother Nature yet delights
in unpredictability and shams,
I think I could likely do as well
with a piece of seaweed or a fir cone.

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When I wrote this earlier today it looked as if the forecasts were wrong again, having promised sunshine it had clouded over and looked like rain but no, the cloud dispersed and the sun came out. It’s a lovely day!

Unbowed

Blue
grape hyacinths
joyfully point skywards,
unbowed by the constant
rain.

Bread

Domesticity
beckons on a dismal day —
smell of baking bread.

What the Nature Spirits (Elves, fairies, more) want us to know:

Having recently read The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird and having also re-read The Secret Life of Nature by Peter Tompkins I find this most interesting. I recommend sceptics read the two mentioned books before dismissing it.

Messages from Mother (TM)

[This list came as a very specific request from the Elves and Nature Spirit realms a week ago. They have asked me to distribute this. Thus I am. You are invited to share it also. xoxox]

What the Nature Spirits (Elves, fairies, more) want us to know:

  • They can’t stand leaf blowers. Lawn mowers are loud enough.
  • They ask that we PLEASE leave wild spaces on our properties. Even small corners. Respect these spaces as theirs’.
  • You are welcome to gift them with tobacco and sparkly things. But please leave them on the edge of their wild spaces and not come in.
  • They are wiser than humans.
  • They have been around longer than humans.

  • They want us to know they exist.
  • They are waiting for us to remember who we are and how we are meant to be in sacred balance with them, and all other sacred beings here on…

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Unexpected Day

Today, an unexpected day.
I thought it would be wet
but no, despite a cloudy sky,
the cold edge of Winter’s breath,
it’s dry and an unassuming sun
placidly holds sway.

Battle of the Seasons

Cold and wet — dry and sunny,
back and forth — push and shove,
Winter and Spring — arms akimbo.
Who will win?

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