May

Poetry of the Year: May

Shall this be my favourite hour
to leap across the Beltane fire,
a dancing May Queen
crowned in lily-of-the-valley,
circling with soul and song.
As light shines in every heart,
all things seem possible
in the merry month of May.

Beneath the blessing of hands,
the Goddess and Green Man
are wed, while woodlands,
strewn with bluebells,
perfume the damp air.
Gone is the sense of space,
as the trees gather in
for the wedding of the year.

Wreathed in May’s green light,
we come into a wild place
and poets everywhere
begin to write love notes
to the gardens of the world.
As blossom burns brightly
upon the apple bough,
we enter the orchard of love.

Whilst the sun gleams gold
in the bright field of the heart,
the air is full of butterflies,
delicate petals and dew,
tis the flowering of the soul!
In the last month of spring
the world is blessed
beyond all understanding.

Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2019

22 thoughts on “May

    1. That’s lovely! Thank you so much Ashen for your poetic reply.
      Bright Beltane Blessings, Deborah.

  1. This is wonderful Deborah – you have captured all that I love about the month of May as Spring hits its peak…it is indeed a time of “the flowering of the soul”, of the Green Man (the Jack in the Green) and Green Woman, Goddess of the land, being celebrated in many ceremonies and rituals in the UK.

    I love the scent of spring, its freshness and colour…apple blossom is currently in full bloom; bluebells are peaking and on warm, still days their heady scent announces them before they are seen; the May flower is starting to open, new oak leaves are still a vibrant, lime green and the Ash – the last tree here to unfurl its leaves – is finally coming to life.

    It is a wonderful time to celebrate life and also love as natures (and us human’s) wedding ‘season’ hits full swing! In good old Will Shakespeare’s words from Love’s Labour’s Lost… “Love, whose month is ever May.” As blossom burns brightly on the apple bough, we enter the orchard of love…you could not have said it any better Deborah – thank you for this and many Beltane blessings to you.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your truly beautiful reply to my latest poem. Yes, tis the flowering of the soul month indeed! And this weekend will I’m sure set the stage for many a Mayday festival up and down the country in celebrating the coming of summer. Oh, I love all those mythical green folk, the jingling Morris men and maypole dancing.

      You turn your hand to poetry so well in your descriptions of bluebells, blossom and the colour of fresh oak leaves. I wonder have you ever considered joining a creative writing class? I say this because at the moment I’m exploring nature photography (only with my phone) and really enjoying it. Hopefully, above and below, wedding words and images!

      I agree May is a beautiful month to marry in! And so the wedding season begins. Love your Shakespeare quote! I started reading Shakespeare as a young teenager in my local library and always loved the line “rough winds do shake the darling buds of May” it took me years to understand that he was talking about the air being full of beautiful blossom! Bright Beltane Blessings, Deborah.

      1. Thank you for your kind words re my descriptions – I have always thought about writing but in more of a fiction form rather than poetry…however it does give me food for thought. I might just start looking for a local class this year!

        1. Research shows us there’s a strong connection between happiness and creativity so however we find ourselves “creating” whether that’s painting, sewing, writing, gardening, dancing or singing … or in a million other expressions … we often feel uplifted during and after. I like to try new creative activities, painting and drawing are on my list. Good luck with finding your local writing class Sophia and writing stories. Yay! Go for it! 🙂

  2. I’m here! For the wedding of the year. I feel a whole new enthusiasm for the Green Man and May Queen.

    It’s wet and cool in western NY this spring, so it’s a world of green and long-lasting blossoms. Daffodils color the yard and wild cherry trees pause in the hedgerows waiting for a warm day. I posted images of Trout Lilies in my forest on Twitter today if you visit there. They’re unusually abundant near my stream–and oh, so, yellow, but not fragrant. The air smells well rinsed instead.

    Thank you for sharing the sensory burst of May Day, Deborah. I’m grateful to see the world through your senses as I anticipate what’s coming soon here. A few sunny days and the world will pop, but meanwhile, in her dark nesting box, the bluebird mama incubates her 5 blue eggs. Nature directs the show.

    1. Month by month writing these poems is deepening my relationship with nature in ways I could never predict when I first started them at the Winter Solstice. I love what you say about nature directing the show! So true! Thank you so much Elaine for your wonderful, kind-hearted response to my poem. “A world of green and long-lasting blossom” indeed!

      Re: Twitter, earlier today I deactivated my old account when I realised I’d only posted one poem per month for the last six months so decided to leave and focus on writing poems instead. Fortunately I can always see your inspiring nature shots on your FB author page. If ever needed you know you can always find me here scribbling away in the background.

      Aww, thank you for sharing your own sensory and poetical burst of May, as I imagine the daffodils in your yard, the wild cherries on pause and mama bluebird incubating her new eggs. Oh, I really love this time of the year watching bud and flower and leaf burst open! Good luck with your forthcoming workshop my dear friend! Bright Beltane Blessings, Deborah.

  3. Ah! The beautiful space of perfumed blossoms of all the colours of the rainbow enclosed by the towering trees – what could be a more enchanted place to celebrate as poets embrace in and with love in that sacred grove.

    This is so beautiful Deborah thank you! May the Beltane ribbons swirl around you all as light and as swift as the butterfly. Beltane blessings, Susan

    1. Your beautiful answer comes in the form of a poem! Thank you so much Susan for the beauty, grace and poetry of your words. As the Wheel of the Year turns and we enter the merry month of May I find myself filled with joy and love for the union of the Goddess and Her Green Man … it’s such a special month for me!

      I do remember dancing around the maypole as a young girl, ribbons fluttering, twirling and swirling, circling with soul and song! Bright Beltane Blessings, Deborah.

  4. Beautifully penned Deborah. Your pen is green and fragrant. I can imagine cherry blossom dancing across the page. A perfect month for weddings and poetry. There’s so much to celebrate for May. All the best, Anna.

    1. “Green and fragrant” I love that! Thank you so much Anna for your beautiful response to my poem. Yes, a perfect month for weddings! At the weekend as I walked through a local apple orchard the air was filled with so much blossom that I felt like I had transformed into a spring bride once again! Bright Beltane Blessings, Deborah.

        1. Ahh, now there’s a poem in the making!

          Thank you for translating my experience into imagery because I certainly felt like a bride walking down an aisle of apple trees with delicate white blossoms floating in the breeze. It was a beautiful, soulful moment.

  5. Deborah, this is my favourite poem from your series so far. You fill each verse with blossom, bluebells and (Beltane) ribbons while the goddess and green man are wed. Your love for the month of May is obvious!! This is fine work, full of stunning images. Do find the time to look up ‘Queen Guinevere’s Maying’ by John Collier, you’ll enjoy it. HF

    1. Thank you so much Henry for your wonderful reply. Yes, May is indeed my favourite month! Tis the month I wed and many years later, renewed my sacred vows by way of an ancient hand-fasting ceremony. Ah, I know this beautiful painting well and in pure coincidence came across it last weekend whilst working on this poem. I hope the day finds you well and that you’re still penning more of your awesome poetry! Bright Beltane Blessings to you, Deborah.

        1. Just checked it out online and it’s currently being displayed at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford, West Yorkshire (UK). I’m going up North very soon my friend! Many thanks for the “Mayday” nudge!

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