Sentient in San Francisco – 1 May 2020

Greeting May

Below – Denise Buisman Pilger: “Sanctuary”


Art for May – Carl de Jager: Untitled


A Poem for May

“The May Queen is Waiting”
by Ruth Barren

The new earth quickens as you rise.

The May Queen is waiting.

Feel the pulsing ground call you to journey,

To know the depths of your desire.

The May Queen is waiting.

Moving through the night, the bright moon’s flight.

In green and silver on the plain.

She waits for you to return again.

Do not keep Her waiting.

Her temper stings if you refuse to taste Her honey.

Surrender as enchantment brings

The first light of dawning.

Move with Her in sacred dance, through fear to feeling.

Bringing ecstasy to those who dare.

Living earth is breathing.

Loving through the night in the bright moonlight,

As seedlings open with the rain.

She’ll long for you to return again.

Do not keep Her waiting.

Below- John Collier: “Queen Guinevere’s Maying”


Art for May – Chloe Faye Withers: “The World Can Wait”

Musings in May: Emily Dickinson

“A little Madness in the Spring

Is wholesome even for the King.”

Below – Nils Von Dardel: “May Pole”

Art for May – Maria Orlia: “Geisha with violin”

Musings in May: Samuel Scoville Jr.

“At last came the golden month of the wild folk– honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.”

Below – David Patterson: “Meadow of Flowers”


Art for May – Marianne Simonin: “On my way to you”


This Date in Art History: Born 1 May 1827 – Jules Breton, a French painter.

Below – “The Song of the Lark”; “The End of the Working Day”; “Springtime”; “Last Flowers”; “Le Matin”; “Breton Peasant Woman Holding a Taper.”


Art for May – Magnus: “Tourist II”

Musings in May: John Keats

“Fast fading violets cover’d up in leaves;
And mid-May’s eldest child,
The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine,
The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves.”

Art for May – Denise Buisman Pilger: “Hypnotic”


A Poem for May

“In May”
by William Henry Davies

Yes, I will spend the livelong day
With Nature in this month of May;
And sit beneath the trees, and share
My bread with birds whose homes are there;
While cows lie down to eat, and sheep
Stand to their necks in grass so deep;
While birds do sing with all their might,
As though they felt the earth in flight.
This is the hour I dreamed of, when
I sat surrounded by poor men;
And thought of how the Arab sat
Alone at evening, gazing at
The stars that bubbled in clear skies;

And of young dreamers, when their eyes
Enjoyed methought a precious boon
In the adventures of the Moon
Whose light, behind the Clouds’ dark bars,
Searched for her stolen flocks of stars.
When I, hemmed in by wrecks of men,
Thought of some lonely cottage then
Full of sweet books; and miles of sea,
With passing ships, in front of me;
And having, on the other hand,
A flowery, green, bird-singing land.

Below – Maria Matkina: “Colorful Field Flowers”

Art for May – Janet Allinger: “Geisha with knife 3”

Musings in May: Charles Kingsley

“Oh! that we two were Maying
Down the stream of the soft spring breeze;
Like children with violets playing,
In the shade of the whispering trees.”
Below – Francoise Jean: “Haiti Children Playing”

Art for May – Magnus:”Morning on Social Media”


This Date in Art History: Born 1 May 1829 – Frederick Sandys, an English painter and illustrator.

Below – “Morgan le Fay”; “Medea”; “Grace Rose”; “Love’s Shadow”; “Cassandra”; “Helen of Troy.”


Art for May – Karen Clark: “Ray of Light” (photograph)

Musings in May: Edwin Way Teale

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.”


Art for May – Denise Buisman Pilger: “Stylish Stroll”

Musings in May: Herman Melville

“For, as when the red-cheeked, dancing girls, April and May, trip home to the wintry, misanthropic woods; even the barest, ruggedest, most thunder-cloven old oak will at least send forth some few green sprouts, to welcome such glad-hearted visitants.”


Art for May – Magnus: ”Miss Blue on Rhino”

A Poem for May

“May-Flower”
by Emily Dickinson

Pink, small, and punctual,
Aromatic, low,
Covert in April,
Candid in May,

Dear to the moss,
Known by the knoll,
Next to the robin
In every human soul.

Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,
Nature forswears
Antiquity.

Art for May – Viet Ha Tran: “Take me to your dreams Ophelia III” (photograph)

This Date in Art History: Born 1 May 1855 – Cecilia Beaux, an American painter.

Below – “New England Woman”; “Landscape with Farm Building”; “Man with the Cat”; “Portrait of a Young Woman”; “Seated by the Fire”; “Road in the Country.”

Art for May – Romy Campe: “Japanese”

Musings in May: Charlotte Smith

“Another May new buds and flowers shall bring: Ah! why has happiness no second Spring?”

Below – An He:”Field of Wild Flowers”

Art for May – Neil Moore: “The lightness of darkness”

Musings in May: Marty Rubin

“May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself.”

Below – Suzann Sines: “May Lilac Blooms”

Art for May – Chloe Faye Withers; “Back To Autumn”

A Poem for May

“May Night”
by Sara Teasdale

The spring is fresh and fearless
And every leaf is new,
The world is brimmed with moonlight,
The lilac brimmed with dew.

Here in the moving shadows
I catch my breath and sing–
My heart is fresh and fearless
And over-brimmed with spring.

Below – Heatherlee Chan: “Starry Night Sky and Girl”


Art for May – Karen Clark: “Wings” (photograph)

Musings in May: Haruki Murakami

“In the deepening spring of May, I had no choice but to recognize the trembling of my heart. It usually happened as the sun was going down. In the pale evening gloom, when the soft fragrance of magnolias hung in the air, my heart would swell without warning, and tremble, and lurch with a stab of pain. I would try clamping my eyes shut and gritting my teeth, and wait for it to pass. And it would pass –but slowly, taking its own time, and leaving a dull ache behind.”

Below – Joseph Campbell: “Spring Sunset”


Art for May – Maria Orlia: “Geisha in blue kimono”

Welcome, Wonderful May

Below – Isaac Pelepko: “Woman at duck pond”

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