By John A. Barry And Bill Carmel
Symbolike MayUploaded: May 4, 2016
“In 1557 a gentleman by the name of Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called “A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry.” In the April Husbandry section he wrote:
Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers”—quora.com
That couplet comes to us contemporaneously as:
Bring May flowers
Think of a sweet spring day: a profusion of floral hues highlighted against a cerulean sky dotted with puffy cumulus.
The flower-infused pagan holiday of May 1 is also the date for International Workers Day, so I’ve thrown in a little red in addition to the highly abstracted blooms for the occasion.
Parenthetically, the “Mayday!” distress call derives from “Venez m’aider” (“Come help me”), originated in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford as a signal for distress that could be understood by everyone plying/guiding craft between England and France at the time.