#Michaelmas or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels falls on 29 Sep every year. St Michael is a protector against the dark of night. It was once believed more wicked deeds took place when the nights were at their longest than at other times of the year. #FolkloreThursday (via @frome_maude)

🇵🇹 Synonyms for the untranslatable Portuguese word Saudade. (via @xruiztru)

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me

Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,
smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing
under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,
and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment
at which moment
my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars
and the soft rain –
imagine! imagine!
the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.

– Mary Oliver