In February

Rich meanings of the prophet-Spring adorn,
Unseen, this colourless sky of folded showers,
And folded winds; no blossom in the bowers;
A poet’s face asleep in this grey morn.

Now in the midst of the old world forlorn
A mystic child is set in these still hours.
I keep this time, even before the flowers,
Sacred to all the young and the unborn.

To all the miles and miles of unsprung wheat,
And to the Spring waiting beyond the portal,
And to the future of my own young art,
And, among all these things, to you, my sweet,
My friend, to your calm face and the immortal
Child tarrying all your life-time in your heart.

Alice Meynell

There are many observances in February including Setsubun the Japanese bean throwing ceremony, UNICEF Day for Change, World Cancer Day, National Libraries Day, World Orphan Week, Safer Internet Day, International Day Against Use of Child Soldiers, Valentines Day, National Nestbox Week, World Community Arts Day, Mahashivratri, World Day of Social Justice, Shrove Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday or Pancake Day), Work Your Proper Hours Day, Fairtrade Fortnight and…as it’s a leap year….February 29th!

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