Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Ever Smiling

Her beauty, while intoxicating, never overpowers as does that of her summertime sisters. She has never been as reserved, nor as wise, as her brothers of autumn. Ever smiling, she drifts in the doorway as a fragrance, trailing lilacs all over the floor, and a bit of her lingers, in the secret corners of the soul, long after her departure.

She flirts, she entices, she weaves flowers in my hair and puts ideas in my head. She turns my chair towards the window and makes me think of picnics. She lays out my linen blazer and finds a gardenia for my lapel. She wants me to wear white shoes.

She recites poetry at the oddest times, stanzas awash with chimerical gardens and follies of stone. Pale rooms with tall windows and blue nights full of stars.
She erases years and fills my plate with strawberries. She dances a waltz in an arbor at midnight and begs me to follow her down to the sea.
I am helpless in her presence.

She is May.
Open the windows.
She is almost here.


"T
he month of May was come,
when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom,
and to bring forth fruit;

for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May,
in likewise every lusty heart that is in
any manner a lover,
springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds.
For it giveth unto all lovers courage,
that lusty month of May."

Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur

51 comments:

  1. Ah! May! It starts with the anniversary of my eldest daughter's birth. A very special month indeed....and you have made it a little more perfect! Thankyou.

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  2. One of my favorite months. This post made me think of the movie, 'Enchanted April'.
    Catherine

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  3. You've captured the spirit of May in your hemisphere so well Pamela.Beautifully written.

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  4. May is the most gorgeous month - your words are like the month itself, inspiring, heartwarming and joyful. Thankyou!

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  5. beautiful words. May is indeed a magical month, a time of awakening, beautiful blossoms, woodland walks, breathing in the freshness of it all. the very reason we chose the month of may to be wed, this our 1st yr anniversary.

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  6. I love May. It is a time of celebration and a time to embrace so much. My father will celebrate his birthday too.
    Your words as always are like opening up a beautiful package.
    pve

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  7. Hello P&E,

    A beautiful description of May. I hope she leaves trails of lilac around here too!

    P.S. WV is 'radish' - not quite the same!!

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  8. Love May, love May Day -- we don't do that anymore!

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  9. A lovely tribute to the wonderful month of May, Pamela!She's almost here!
    Carol

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  10. Ah May, - the month of apple blossom and peonies and anniversaries, - our 64th this year.

    I love May, - it is dear to my heart, and your words are very descriptive of its preciousness.

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  11. Just beautiful Pamela and I for one am ready for the merry month of May, xv.

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  12. Oh sweet poet friend. You refresh my soul.

    Love Renee xoxo

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  13. Beautiful words for a beautiful time of year. Everything is fresh and sparkling now. It is my dad's 92nd birthday too, so extra special.

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  14. Beautiful my friend, beautiful! Today is back to being a tad chilling and sweater/sweatshirt time, but flowers are popping their heads up as to say "I'm here". Enjoy! xoxo

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  15. A poetic response to the (to me) most poetic of months.
    The maytime is delight unbounded.
    Perhaps a little related to the subtle charms of October?

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  16. You ARE poetry, Pamela:) In May are Mothers Day, the brithday of my youngest grand child, and the weather is soft, the hill sides still green in California

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  17. only one more day and she will be here! - I've been waiting....

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  18. Lovely Pamela. May is such a joyful month-a time of new beginnings and a prelude to a special season.

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  19. May a month of such beauty and joy! My Dughters Birthday, too!

    Beautiful beautiful words, dear friend!

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  20. whenever i think about may, i think about the scene in camelot ( the movie) with vanessa redgrave singing ' the merry month of may'.
    i love that song...the woman and knights are all hanging out around a 'may-pole' (sp?).

    i think thats when she and lance start to make eyes.

    xx

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  21. just love how this poem leads me into believing the author is talking about his wife. so charming!!!

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  22. May - my birthday, my parents anniversary, mothers day - it's a special month to me, and this was the most perfect post! Beautiful!

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  23. In Oxford people gather to watch the sun rise on May morning. Choristers sing it in from the top of Magdalen tower. A lot of places open to give early risers a breakfast, Morris dancers and medieval jugglers abound. It is such an Oxfordshire tradition. I danced around thr Maypole as a child dressed in white with flowers. It was what the primary school did combining it with a fete, country dancing and morris dancing. May is very welcome back home indeed.

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  24. A beautiful verse and such a lovely painting to go with it. I love May, it's so fragrant and full of promise :)

    Kim x

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  25. Ah yes Beltane comes... a marriage..a promise...a fire festival....your maid is beautiful....I hope your home is full of flower blossoms.
    BB
    Lynn xx

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  26. Beautiful! You have so captured the heady feel of May - I'm rapturous about this month - there'll be dancing at Necky Knoll House tonight!

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  27. Oh how beautiful. I love love May. My youngest son was conceived in May! Your post made me want to get up and get on...

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  28. You have such a lovely blog! I was so taken by this lady... is it Maxfield Parrish? I'll be back for a visit and cup of tea very soon.
    ~Brenda

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  29. What a beautiful piece of writing. It sums up May precisely. Nice pic too.

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  30. You are so delightfully seasonally affected, Pamela!

    May really is my favourite, I think...

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