She came at the end of a day of wind and rain,
Winter loth to loose her hold tho’ far on the wane.
Spring came with the child so richly dowered;
Friday’s giftings of Loving and Giving upon her were showered.
All thro’ her life she has loved and given all,
Each gift lighting another star in heaven,
Her love enfolding deep rooted and strong,
Living for others, the whole day long.
‘Friday’s Child’ almost certainly refers to Rene, May’s elder daughter, whose birthday was on a Friday in early spring. May, whose health was fragile, relied very much on Rene’s support including help with the weekly washday.
The poem has been added to the poems collection on this site. It also appears in the book The Casualties Were Small which contains over twenty of May’s poems as well as selected diary extracts, including those which suggest the background to each poem, accompanied by many nostalgic photographs.
Have you read an introduction to May Hill & family (includes photographs) and explored ‘The Casualties Were Small’?