Friday, 1 April 2016

Thoughts for April

"Eight for the April Rainers": In the old "Dilly Song",  they are often interpreted as the Hyades star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, the Zodiac sign for April.

 In Greek myth the Hyades are rain nymphs, the sisters of Hyas, the son of Atlas. They wept so copiously in their grief at his death that Zeus turned them stars.

Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.
I want to fill it with colour and ducks,
The zoo of the new

Whose names you meditate--
April snowdrop, Indian pipe,

Stalk without wrinkle,
Pool in which images
Should be grand and classical

Not this troublous
Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.

Sylvia Plath 1963

Snowdrops in winter,  Winifred Nicholson 1969

© trustees of Winifred Nicholson

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