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I’m dusting off my ancient broom,
the heirloom I enchanted.
Easter Day will be here soon
– I’m off to see my master.
The ride, through rain and sometimes snow
is perilous, but off we go!
To Blåkulla for Easter fun
with sin and orgies till rise of sun
we’re off to meet the Evil One!

For Imaginary Garden With Real Toads and this Sunday’s Flash 55 Plus. The Swedish tradition of ‘påskkärringar’ (easter crones) feature witches that fly their brooms to an island in the Baltic Sea (Blå Jungfrun) to meet the Devil himself for an annual fest with orgies and all sorts. At this time of year, especially on Maundy Thursday or Easter Eve, you will see children dressed up as witches roaming the neighbourhoods, handing out drawings or cards (often of easter chicks, eggs or bunnies) and getting treats (usually sweets) in return. Kind of a Swedish version of Halloween. I cannot believe I actually managed 55 words exactly!!!

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Photo by CC Champagne

Photo by CC Champagne

Ever darker clouds roll
eastward-ly over my
evening sky. Will it snow?
Enchanting spring flowers
energize, and fill with
eager longing for more.
Easter, spring’s watershed!

Inspired by today’s optional prompt (Day 2 of NaPoWriMo 2015) where we are asked to consider the constellations, I was reminded of an old ‘Mini-Challenge for Sunday’ over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads which presented a form called the Pleiades. 

The Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation Taurus which was, in ancient times, thought to contain only six stars (though it does in fact contain over 500) and was therefore named The Seven Sisters. The poetry form named after this constellation, The Pleiades, was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor and has the following rules: 

“Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables. 

The poetic form The Pleiades is aptly named: the seven lines can be said to represent the seven sisters, and the six syllables represent the nearly invisible nature of one sister.” 

The above information comes from the old Mini-Challenge, and this is a previous attempt of mine at this form.

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Did you know that on this day in 1614, in VirginiaNative American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe? Or that it was on this day in 1722 the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island?

And on this day in 1792 U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States, in 1900 archaeologists in KnossosCrete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B, in 1930 Mahatma Gandhi ends a 241 mile march to Dandi in the Salt Satyagraha, in 1955 Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health, in 1956 Fidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba and in 2009 North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks.

Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (1588-1679), Spencer Tracy, American actor (1900-1967), Bette Davis, American actress (1908-1989), Albert R. Broccoli, American movie producer (1909-1996), Gregory Peck, American actor (1916-2003), Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (1929-2001) and Agnetha Fältskog, Swedish singer (ABBA) (1950).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this Maundy Thursday? Why not just raise a glass to celebrate Sweden’s four-day Easter week-end starting? I am quite sure loads of Swedes (at least) will join you!

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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