"Spring" from William Blake's "Songs of Innocence" has been selected by guest poet and reader Mike Mercer to welcome in National Poetry MonthSound the Flute! Now it’s mute Birds delight Day and Night Nightingale In the dale Lark in Sky Merrily Merrily Merrily to welcome in the YearLittle Boy Full of joy Little Girl Sweet and small Cock does crow So do you Merry voice Infant noise Merrily Merrily to welcome in the YearLittle Lamb Here I am Come and lick My white neck Let me pull Your soft Wool Let me kiss Your soft face Merrily, merrily, we welcome in the year
When sunlight permeates rainforest winterand blackbirds ascend from violet bark,soft clouds drift into ancient dragonflies moving like wind across the sky. On those rare dayswhen the blue in the raven’s wingsshines in the light,go through the open doors.
Thousands of seeds,food and beauty,the ever-changing waystems bend in the lighta reminder of the magnificenceof life and grace –not only are they alive,but the planet nourishes themwith sunlight and rain.