Tuesday the 7th of May, 2024. May Words


May is month that slips in hardly  noticed.  All of a sudden, it's here.  And, of course, May Day is not only May Day.  May Day is much more as well.  

To begin with,   May Day's a celebration of spring.  This old pagan tradition of dancing and singing around maypoles goes back more than 2000 years.     

Another tradition of May Day is the socialist custom of marching.  A long time ago, this used to be a red letter day in the very red socialist calender.  Thousands and thousands of flag waving socialists would get up very early and march.  And, they'd march all day long.  A wonderful way of being together and celebrating the workers and all that they stood for.  But, the numbers of marchers has sadly declined. Most modern workers prefer, instead, to do nothing at all, or go away for a couple of days. 

And, May Day is not only dancing, singing and marching.  Mayday's also a signal sent out that means help.  This, everyone knows all over the world.  

So, May is a month that is very important. Not only in May, but also the rest of the year.  "Mayday, mayday, mayday we're sinking" must also be used in November.  May I have some more, please is everyday language.  And, may we be happy whilst singing and dancing  around maypoles with Poles who grew up and went to school in Warsaw?  Yes, we may!  And, may I have the last dance with you, please?   

You certainly may!

May Words.  Written and read by Nigel A.  JAMES


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