Muguet (Lily of the Valley)

May Day is here and I couldn’t let it pass without poking my post-operative nose above the parapet, figuratively speaking. My double bypass at the BMI Alexandra was on April 15th., went well and, duly grateful to Mr. Balacumaraswami, I am back home after just a week and concentrating on the road to recovery.

For our neighbours south of Dover sprigs of “muguet” (lily of the valley) are offered for sale by the roadside on May 1st., a sign of the imminence of summer. The precocity of their seasons over ours is also reflected in showers being associated with the month of March, “les giboulées de mars”, rather than April. Whilst one swallow may not make a summer here, for the French its arrival does not make it Spring.  All this is a prelude to the offering of a post-op. 17 syllable “haiku”, whilst I try to tie in the Home Office Windrush scandal (red light for Amber Rudd and no May Poll dancing for the PM) into some form of verse. (I may spare you this as poetry muse still confined to bed).

green shawl bell tower,

lily of the valley peal

peeks out on May Day

Version II maybe mixes less metaphors

green walled bell tower

lily of the valley peal

rings out on May Day

 

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15 comments

  1. johnmcgarrity · May 2

    Phil, this is the only address I have for you here in Muget-Land. Relieved and delighted to see your nose peak above the parapet. Gruss, John

    Um Tue, 1 May 2018 22:58:34 +0000

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  2. teacherspet1 · May 2

    Glad you are doing well. Your name cropped up last night at the European studies group of the U3A re a narrow escape from South America in your youth, probably former colleagues.

    Keep on improving, getting better is a lengthy process. Love Margaret

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  3. STEPHEN JOSEPH · May 2

    Good news seeing you back on-line Mr P.🌹🌹🌹xxx

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  4. Aileen O'Riordan · May 2

    Beautiful and full of promise! Here if you need us.

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  5. johnandreae · May 2

    Hi Phil

    Glad you’re ‘out’ and recovering ok!

    John

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  6. dkbohlman · May 2

    Oh I didn’t know you had been ill?! The Last Post I did wonder about but haven’t seen anyone recently so had heard nothing … well,I hope recovery is swift! When are you visit-able with grapes?!

    Dave

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    • doggerelbanksy · May 15

      Hi, Dave, I’ve started back at the Thursday afternoon Library sessions, so grapes equally welcome there or on a home visit, though “proper” coffee on offer at the latter. Phil

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  7. Margaret Holbrook · May 2

    Pleased on way to recovery and pleased to receive a doggerelbanksy blog. Our lily of the valley just a green shawl at moment, but hoping for flowers soon.

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    • doggerelbanksy · May 15

      Hi, Margaret and Ste’, The post after this one will be of interest (I hope): a preview of what I’ve got in mind to submit for “Landscapes”. Phil

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  8. Sue Hesketh · May 2

    Glad all went well with your op, Phil. You’ll be glad it’s done with. All the best for a speedy recovery.
    Anna has her second knee op today, so quite stressed here.
    Here’s to a bit of warm weather while you both recover.
    Like the haiku BTW!
    Cheers

    Sue and Dave

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    • doggerelbanksy · May 15

      Hi, Sue and Dave, Hope Anna’s back on her feet after the ops. Look forward to meeting up before too long. Phil and pp Mady

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  9. Shirley · May 2

    Pleased the surgery went according to plan and you are well on the road to recovery. Best wishes for a speedy rehabilitation. Shirley Hill

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    • doggerelbanksy · May 15

      Hi, Shirley, Best wishes with regard to your own health and the consequent drowsiness! Phil

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  10. Alan Horne · May 2

    Phil, this is lovely. Good to hear you’re back in action.

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