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Folklore: Poems/readings for May Day


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Subject: Folklore: Poems/readings for May Day
From: GUEST,Rose
Date: 28 Apr 23 - 09:21 AM

Searching for greetings, readings and poetry to open a May Day Celebration for all ages. Any ideas would be so appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Poems/readings for May Day
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 28 Apr 23 - 09:54 AM

Poems for May


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Poems/readings for May Day
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 28 Apr 23 - 10:02 AM

Not sure that this is exactly what you want but hey!


As Earths axis tilts into the sun, in our Northern hemisphere,
The darkness starts to decrease, and much lighter days are here.
The weather starts to warm, although some snow may hit the ground,
Whilst snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils, are blooming all around.
Hence how this lovely season, earned its’ name, we call it Spring,
Because of new and regrowth, that this beauteous time can bring.
The trees, plants, bushes and flowers, fill our lands with varied hue,
And birds collect their twigs and straw to line their nests anew.
For people, plants and animals, a refreshing time of year,
Gardeners and farmers both enjoy, a time of simple cheer.
With grazing good, the cows produce a milk so fresh and fine,
And crops grow in abundance, all so green within their prime.
Humans, flora and fauna, seem to sense the seasons coming,
Birds all sing their happy songs, and bees can be heard humming.
The fields begin to fill again, with happy gambolling lambs,
Newly imported beavers, start to build their useful dams.
The air seems so much fresher, from new oxygen provided,
As the lovely flora does its’ job, but it isn’t just one sided.
When we take breath, we breathe it in, and breathe out CO2,
Which the flora need to stay alive, so we help feed them too.
With symbiosis in our land, which we cannot live without,
Our wondrous world, such great design, of that there is no doubt.
Some think of this uncertain world, that can fill them folk with fear,
But here we are, It’s Spring again, What a lovely year.

Michael J Hill © February 2020.

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Poems/readings for May Day
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 28 Apr 23 - 04:13 PM

How's this?

Gone are the days when the master class would say
"We'll work you long hours for very little pay -
We'll work you all day and half the night as well,"
But I hear the workers' voices saying, "You will, like hell."

We're going, we're going to take an eight-hour day -
We surely will surprise the boss some First of May.

Richard Brazier, to the tune of "Old Black Joe"

Jon Bartlett

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Poems/readings for May Day
From: Joe_F
Date: 29 Apr 23 - 06:15 PM

There must have been a fair number of May Day songs in the USSR. We had one in Russian class, called "Moskva" (Moscow). The chorus was

Kipuchaya, mogochaya,
Nikem ne pobedimaya.
Strana moya, Moskva moya,
Ty samaya lubimaya.

(Boiling, powerful, unconquerable by anyone. My country, my Moscow, you are the most beloved.)

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