Neil Hester

All poems © Neil Hester unless otherwritten

Location: North Carolina, United States

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


"Note: I'm having technical difficulties; hopefully this post will be up tomorrow."

"Technical difficulties, eh? I can't say I believe you, Neil... I think you just got really busy."

"Or lazy."

"Or both."



Well, here we are; it's May! For me, it means the last month of school (thank goodness), but let's look at some Mayfacts on a larger scale:


  • The month may have been named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.
  • In Japan, there is a so-called May sickness, where new students or workers start to be tired of their new schoolwork or jobs. (In Japan schoolyears and fiscal years start on April 1st).
  • In Germany it is an old custom to plant a "tree of May" to honor someone. Often young men set up an adorned birch in front of their girlfriends house in the night before May 1.
  • May 4th is Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you).
  • May's is the nightingale; May's birthstone is the emerald.
  • In Slovene, it is called veliki traven, which means the month of high grass.


~And the couplet:


May Be

May be pleasant, maybe gay,
May’s a girl, so who can say?


Cashing in on the whole "April-May-June-Autumn-Summer-female" dealie. Anyhow, I've been rather busy with a bunch of end-of-year projects, talent show jazz, and choir practice, but I'll try to post as scheduled. Take care 'til next,



Blogger AnoNick said...

Nice facts, and funny couplet. Keep em coming...

BTW, It's fascinating how the same month... an arbitrary section of the year, can mean so many things to different cultures. :)

10:27 PM  

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