Census Day – USA!

The Census-Taker ~ Robert Frost

I came an errand one cloud-blowing evening
To a slab-built, black-paper-covered house
Of one room and one window and one door,
The only dwelling in a waste cutover
A hundred square miles round it in the mountains:
And that not dwelt in now by men or women.
(It never had been dwelt in, though, by women,
So what is this I make a sorrow of?)
I came as census-taker to the waste
To count the people in it and found none,
None in the hundred miles, none in the house,
Where I came last with some hope, but not much,
After hours’ overlooking from the cliffs
An emptiness flayed to the very stone.
I found no people that dared show themselves,
None not in hiding from the outward eye.
The time was autumn, but how anyone
Could tell the time of year when every tree
That could have dropped a leaf was down itself
And nothing but the stump of it was left
Now bringing out its rings in sugar of pitch;
And every tree up stood a rotting trunk
Without a single leaf to spend on autumn,
Or branch to whistle after what was spent.
Perhaps the wind the more without the help
Of breathing trees said something of the time
Of year or day the way it swung a door
Forever off the latch, as if rude men
Passed in and slammed it shut each one behind him
For the next one to open for himself.
I counted nine I had no right to count
(But this was dreamy unofficial counting)
Before I made the tenth across the threshold.
Where was my supper? Where was anyone’s?
No lamp was lit. Nothing was on the table.
The stove was cold—the stove was off the chimney—
And down by one side where it lacked a leg.
The people that had loudly passed the door
Were people to the ear but not the eye.
They were not on the table with their elbows.
They were not sleeping in the shelves of bunks.
I saw no men there and no bones of men there.
I armed myself against such bones as might be
With the pitch-blackened stub of an ax-handle
I picked up off the straw-dust covered floor.
Not bones, but the ill-fitted window rattled.
The door was still because I held it shut
While I thought what to do that could be done—
About the house—about the people not there.
This house in one year fallen to decay
Filled me with no less sorrow than the houses
Fallen to ruin in ten thousand years
Where Asia wedges Africa from Europe.
Nothing was left to do that I could see
Unless to find that there was no one there
And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
“The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
Break silence now or be forever silent.
Let him say why it should not be declared so.”
The melancholy of having to count souls
Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
It must be I want life to go on living.

 


Gotcha!

Click the photo for directions on how to make the “coffee”.

An April Fool’s prank that would get many panicked immediately!

Here are some other fun ones:


dievca wrote about the History of April Fool’s Day
– click the photo below to find out more!

Thanks to Bored Panda, Redtedart.com. Buzzfeed and Google photos.

An eye-opener on April Fool’s Day.


This would be an eye opener,
in the morning at work…
depending on your target.
Whew!

Andre Peruga 1939, created for Charles Jourdan

The quieter option
could be Fish Heels
in the spirit of the French
Poisson d’Avril


dievca’s Presentation Outfit

Revolt Wear Forest Fairy Monokini- Rave Outfit, Green Flowers, Full Skirt suzette67

Revolt Wear Forest Fairy Monokini- Rave Outfit, Green Flowers, Full Skirt suzette67

APRIL FOOL’s

Actually, she would be willing to wear the outfit for Master — especially as something to change it up after being so sick. 🙂

dievca likes to hear about a good April Fool’s prank, but some are just ridiculous and a little mean. Like this one:april_fools_day_prank

Consensual Figging, OK — Icy Hot? No go~

Now this April Fool’s Prank would be kinda fun!

April Fool's Refridgerator

Sing it ~ “I always feel like someone is watching me!”

Have a GREAT DAY! XO


Nooky – Your Fool

April Fool's eCard

Master, may Your dievca interest You in a little nooky?
she knows that You have been busy and she has been busy, too.
she also knows that she would best be served by serving You.
Can she please be Your fool?


Even the gods love jokes. ~Plato: Poisson d’Avril

Charlotte-Olympia-Catch-of-the-Day-pump

Kenzo Fish Wallet

Kenzo Fish Wallet

Kenzo Blue Black Patchwork Fish Pouch

Kenzo Fish Pouch

Charlotte Olympia Goldfish Keyfob

Charlotte Olympia Goldfish Keyfob

April Fool’s Day sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.

April-Fools-Day

 

Ancient Cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1.  In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

There are problems with this explanation:  1.) This doesn’t fully account for the spread of April Fools’ Day to other European countries. The Gregorian Calendar was not adopted by England until 1752 and April Fools’ Day was already well established. 2.) We have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.

Either way the French call April 1 Poisson d’Avril, or “April Fish.” French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying “Poisson d’Avril” when the prank is discovered.

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