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“Le Sacre du Printemps,”**

Sgtravinsky’s ode to Spring…

Eviscerates the inner man

As discordant chords ka-ching.

Heavy rumblings from the rite

Of virgins dancing ’round…

Past Elders staring hard

To see which will be bound.

Spring rites of fertility

Deeper than Druids’ way…

Hold the ancient mysteries

Before talen away!

On and on the weary cycle goes,

Building to a lusty fever pitch…

Every year the Elders get their choice–

All this to celebrate that  itch.!

–Jonathan Caswell

** “Le Sare du Printemps (in French)” , or, THE RITE OF SPRING, by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, was written in 1913, as an avant-garde piece of orchestral opera…with stage settings, choreography and costumes.  Its debut on May 29,1913 caused a near riot in the audience!  Listen to it…and you’ll inderstand why (not easy to listen to, the first time.  Information largely from WIKIPEDIA….and memory.



Have you heard the latest “thang.”

Royalty’s timing Beltane…

As a time to annouce

The next baby to bounce

From under Kate Middleton’s wing!

Some one on radio said

Tonight, Royals stay ahead…

Of pagan times

That happen to line

Up with a titular head.

Beltane (the celebration) is here,

And Kate’s contribution is clear…

A baby girl

‘Round which Daddy will twirl,

Would be good  to announce this year!

I hear pagan orgies

Will be part of the festivities…

Please for your own sake

Of protection partake,

Why should disease bring us to our knees?

And although my warnings are mild,

Remember the life of the child…

Perhaps produced

When lust is loosed,

Fetal tissues are babies wanting to live for a smile!

–Jonathan Caswell