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Groundhog Day

by Lilian Moore

Groundhog sleeps
All winter
Snug in his fur,
Dreams
Green dreams of
Grassy shoots,
Of nicely newly nibbly
Roots-
Ah, he starts to
Stir.
With drowsy
Stare
Looks from his burrow
Out on fields of
Snow.
What’s there!
Oh no.
His shadow. Oh,
How sad!
Six more
Wintry
Weeks
To go.

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February 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

Groundhog Day

by Sharon Siegelman

The groundhog is an animal
Whose home is underground.
On Groundhog Day he goes outside
To have a look around.

He does not have a calendar.
He does not have a clue.
But on February second
He just knows what to do.

A groundhog must be ready
To do his job each year.
Please tell me, Mr. Groundhog,
Do you think spring is near?

January 25, 2010 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Groundhog Day

Little groundhog down below
Underneath the wintry snow
Come on out and tell us true
Is Spring coming?
Is Winter through?

February 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

If Candlemas day be dry and fair

If Candlemas day (2 February) be dry and fair
The half o’ winters to come and mair
If Candlemas day be wet and foul
The half o’ winter’s gane at Yule

Nursery Rhyme Origins and History

The words and lyrics of the nursery rhyme ‘If Candlemas day be dry and fair’ is a day on which the superstitious believe the weather can be predicted, as in St. Swithin’s day. The rhyme is saying that if the sun comes out on 2nd February , halfway between Winter and Spring, it meant six more weeks of winter weather. Candlemas day falls on 2nd February, as does St Bridget’s Day and Groundhog Day. Candlemas has been celebrated for hundreds of years and it was the custom on Candlemas Day for clergy to bless candles and distribute them to the people. Candlemas Day was therefore celebrated as the festival of candles – a bright light in the middle of a cold, dark winter when a lighted candle was placed in every window. Candlemas falls between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox and was originally a Pagan celebration. A superstition was brought to America by German settlers that on St Bridget’s Day (2nd February) hedgehogs would come out to judge the quality of the weather. There were no hedgehogs in the New World but there were Groundhogs and this was the origin Groundhog Day:

If the sun shines on Groundhog Day
Half the fuel and half the hay.

There are several rhymes of this nature, some of which also have significant historical relevance such as:
If St Paul’s day (29 June) be fair and clear
St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain

November 5, 2008 at 4:27 pm 2 comments


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