May Day, Beltaine


The first violets and bloodroot have opened.  Fragrant Trailing Arbutus covers the hill. Blackflies and bumblebees are newly arrived. Moss Brook still flows fast and the vernal pool contains more life each day. Welcome May!

The Healer

She murmurs softly
wipes your arms and face with
a cool damp washcloth

She will glaze your parched lips
with oil, hold warm lemon
tea for you to sip

She’ll comb out knots
as you rest on the pillow
thread her needle with your hair,
carefully mending holes
in your delicate fabric

Published orginally April 2017 in Red Poppy Review.
IMG_0617.JPGPhotograph of  fairies visiting Delectable Mountain in Brattleboro Vt,

About elainereardon

Poet, writer, gardener, herbalist, pottery, painting—bumping into magic, peeking around new corners.
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