Happy May Day

Happy May Day To All !!

Yo Yo Ma
This is a beautiful video with a background of nature's sounds and quotations.
Fifteen minutes- to reflect on and say thank you to God for this beautiful world.
 Stirrings of Spring. Yes, I know that today it's officially the first day of Summer but as we didn't really have a Spring here, it still seems appropriate.

From The Macro to The Micro

Pollen from a variety of common plants: Sunflower, Morning glory, Hollyhock, Lily, Primrose  and Castor bean. The image is magnified x500 and falsely coloured. The bean shaped grain in the bottom left corner is about 50 μm long.
When one is united to the core of another,
to speak of that is to breathe the name hu,
empty of self and filled with love.
As the saying goes,
“The pot drips what is in it.”

James Taylor and Yo Yo Ma - Here Comes The Sun

The May Magnificat
 Gerard Manley Hopkins
MAY is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
    Her feasts follow reason,
    Dated due to season—
Candlemas, Lady Day;        5
But the Lady Month, May,
    Why fasten that upon her,
    With a feasting in her honour?
Is it only its being brighter
Than the most are must delight her?        10
    Is it opportunest
    And flowers finds soonest?
Ask of her, the mighty mother:
Her reply puts this other
    Question: What is Spring?—        15
    Growth in every thing—
Flesh and fleece, fur and feather,
Grass and greenworld all together;
    Star-eyed strawberry-breasted
    Throstle above her nested        20
Cluster of bugle blue eggs thin
Forms and warms the life within;
    And bird and blossom swell
    In sod or sheath or shell.
All things rising, all things sizing        25
Mary sees, sympathising
    With that world of good,
    Nature’s motherhood.
Their magnifying of each its kind
With delight calls to mind        30
    How she did in her stored
    Magnify the Lord.
Well but there was more than this:
Spring’s universal bliss
    Much, had much to say        35
    To offering Mary May.
When drop-of-blood-and-foam-dapple
Bloom lights the orchard-apple
    And thicket and thorp are merry
    With silver-surfèd cherry        40
And azuring-over greybell makes
Wood banks and brakes wash wet like lakes
    And magic cuckoocall
    Caps, clears, and clinches all—
This ecstasy all through mothering earth        45
Tells Mary her mirth till Christ’s birth
    To remember and exultation
    In God who was her salvation.

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