ON THIS DAY: May 21, 2019

May 21st is

American Red Cross Founder’s Day *

National Memo Day

National Waitstaff Day

Strawberries and Cream Day

World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development *

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ON THIS DAY: May 20, 2019

May 20th is

Eliza Doolittle Day *

National Rescue Dog Day

Pick Strawberries Day

World Weights & Measures Day *

World Bee Day *

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day

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TCS: The Bee-Loud Glade – poems for World Bee Day

. . Good Morning!

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Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings.
This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning
a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.

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So full but now of summer’s triumph-notes
The bees’ rich murmur filled their honeyed throats

– Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen

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ON THIS DAY: May 19, 2019

May 19th is

May Ray Day

Devil’s Food Cake Day

Hepatitis Testing Day

National Scooter Day

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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ON THIS DAY: May 18, 2019

May 18th is

Cheese Soufflé Day

No Dirty Dishes Day

International Museum Day *

National Visit Your Relatives Day

World HIV Vaccine Awareness Day *

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ON THIS DAY: May 17, 2019

May 17th is

Cherry Cobbler Day

World Hypertension Day *

National Walnut Day *

Same Sex Marriage Day *

World Neurofibromatosis Day *

World Telecommunications and Information Society Day *

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia *

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Word Cloud: MAYBLOOMS (Redux)

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD

This is the second in our series of May poets — and it’s almost ‘Too Many Poets”  — seventeen poets. There are probably even more, but these have either published in English, or had their poems translated into English.

Of course, we can’t really ever have too many poets, but it’s been a real challenge to come up with a format or a theme. So I decided to just list them in order by birthday, with mini-bios, and give you some poems you might not have discovered yet.



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May 7

  • Robert Browning (1812-1889)
  • Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
  • Fenton Johnson (1888-1958)
  • Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)
  • Darwin T. Turner (1931-1991)
  • Angela O. Carter (1940-1992)

Most English-speakers have read at least one poem by the famous English Victorian poet Robert Browning, but in the 21st century the rest of these poets, some very well-known in their day, may not be familiar to you.


Rabindranath Tagore was born in British India’s Calcutta (now Kolkata), and if you’re from India, you know he’s had a major influence on Bengali literature and music. He was also very popular with the Flower Children in the 1960s. His brief poems in the collection Fireflies are still favorites of mine.

My fancies are fireflies, —
Specks of living light
twinkling in the dark.

The butterfly counts
not months but moments,
and has time enough.

The soil in return for her service
keeps the tree tied to her,
the sky asks nothing and leaves it free.

The tyrant claims freedom to kill freedom
and yet to keep it for himself.

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to
speak to the listening heaven.

While God waits for his temple
to be built of love,
men bring stones.


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