April 30th, 2009


National Poetry Month concludes

The traditional date of summer's beginning in England is May 1 (Friday). This is a traditional folksong for the occasion.

Hal an Tow

Take no scorn to wear the horn,
It was the crest when you were born.
Your father's father wore it
And your father wore it, too.
Hal an tow, jolly rumbalo,
We were up long before the day, O
To welcome in the summer
To welcome in the May-o,
For summer is a-comin' in
And winter's gone away-o.

Robin Hood and Little John
Have both gone to the fair-o;
and we will to the merry green wood
To hunt the buck and hare-o.
Hal an tow, etc.

What happened to the Spaniards
Who made so great a boast-o?
It's they shall eat the feathered goose
And we shall eat the roast-o.
Hal an tow, etc.

And as for that good knight, St. George,
St. George he was a knight-o,
Of all the knights of Christendom,
St. George is the right-o!
Hal an tow, etc.

God bless Aunt Mary Moses
In all her power and might-o;
May she send peace to England
Send peace by day and night-o.
Hal an tow, etc.

Final accounting for April's LJ commentary

My perception was that my poetry posts generated very little interest. This is discouraging. But I decided to compare my poetry posts with all other posts to this journal, since I suspect that my posts generally generate very little interest. Which is also discouraging. But on to the facts.

During April, I made 30 poetry posts. 6 posts garnered a total of 13 comments by 5 different commenters (including myself). 24 posts garnered no comments.

Meanwhile, I made 31 non-poetry posts (not counting this one). 11 posts garnered a total of 26 comments by 12 different commenters (including myself). 20 posts garnered no comments. There was no one kind of post that generated much more interest than any other kind (the top four posts for comments were a You Tube embed [4], a church-related story [4], a prayer request [3], and a personal whinge [3] -- quite a miscellany).

prester_scott and detroitfather were my most frequent commenters, and commented upon multiple posts. Most other commenters only commented on one post of any sort.

I don't know if I'm just not engaging others' interest, or if LJ isn't as lively a place generally as it used to be. I suspect a lot of the latter. I have a lot of people on my flist who don't post at all any more.

Anyway, I wonder if it's worth the effort to post a daily poem for National Poetry Month next April.