Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ May Day or Walpurgis Night

Midweek Motif ~ May Day  
or Walpurgisnacht

Today's challenge is to write a poem for May Day or to give a poetic account of a celebration that was.

Today is May Day's Eve.  Whether you know May Day as a worker, union member, politician, pagan, Christian or another tradition, it is a day to celebrate loudly.  Yet at various times and places in history one or the other of these celebrations was dangerous. 

You may know it from music or poetry, Mendelssohn, Goethe, or Tennyson. Here are links to Wikipedia's general information on May Day folk celebrations (like Walpurgis Night) and International Workers Day.  
Queen Guinevere's Maying by John Collier, 1900

"For thus it chanced one morn when all the court,
Green-suited, but with plumes that mocked the may,
Had been, their wont, a-maying and returned,
That Modred still in green, all ear and eye,
Climbed to the high top of the garden-wall

To spy some secret scandal if he might ..."

from Idylls of the King: "Guinevere" by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1859).

For me the day marks the end of the poetry challenge for the month of April, the first steps to plans I made all winter and the beginning of What. Is. Next. 

1.      Post your  new  poem on your site, and then link it here.
2.      Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
3.      Leave a comment here.
4.      Honor our community by visiting and commenting on others' poems.

(The next Midweek motif will be  Children.)

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  1. Good Morning, Poets United! Here it rains and rains. I hear the wind and the green things swaying and gulping down their drink.

    Here's another little bit from Emerson:


    Daughter of Heaven and Earth, coy Spring,
    With sudden passion languishing,
    Maketh all things softly smile,
    Painteth pictures mile on mile,
    Holds a cup with cowslip-wreaths,
    Whence a smokeless incense breathes. . . .

    The rest of this joyous poem is here:

  2. It is steamy but bright here..a day away from explain this is a pun on the French M'aidez..and hopefully a hint of change

    1. A hint of change ... yes. Happy day, Jae. Thank you for taking part in our challenge.

  3. Susan, I've just written a poem for the final day of NaPoWriMo that would work perfectly with this challenge as well... Posting the link, but if it's a problem since it's not originally intended for Poets United, please let me know and I'll scrounge up another one. *smile* Thank you for a wonderful prompt - we have rather special traditions on this day in Sweden...

    1. It fits here beautifully because of what May Day is to you. Love the bonfire. Thank you for participating in this challenge. I haven't written the good-bye poem yet, but I've already written and posted at the Garden. This may be a three-poem day. Rain gives me license to play, and today I am full of gratitude.

  4. Thank you Susan for the wonderful prompt...

  5. Wonderful prompt, Susan. Here, it is a teensy bit chilly still but I have my doors flung open. Your prompt sent me in the direction of my Irish roots, plus memories of bonfire leaping in Tofino. Yay!

    1. Great! Love Irish roots. And Tofino sounds more and more attractive.

  6. Good night, Poets. I'll be back in the morning on May Day itself. Looking forward to more poetry reading!

  7. HI thank ypu for the prompt just got round to my small offering, best wishes to all.


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