Today is April 1st. April used to be the second month of the year. King Numa Pompilius added February and March to the calendar in the year 700 B.C.
Aprilis is the Latin name, traditionally considered to have been derived from aperire, which means to open, an allusion to spring. It is April Fools’ Day, a day of pranks that’s origin is traced to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392).
That does not keep me from having a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion. Then I go out at night to paint the stars. —Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother
The town does not exist except where one black-haired tree slips up like a drowned woman into the hot sky.
The town is silent. The night boils with eleven stars. Oh starry starry night! This is how I want to die.
It moves. They are all alive. Even the moon bulges in its orange irons to push children, like a god, from its eye. The old unseen serpent swallows up the stars. Oh starry starry night! This is how I want to die:
into that rushing beast of the night, sucked up by that great dragon, to split from my life with no flag, no belly, no cry.
March 29th is the 88th day of the year. 88 is ham radio code for hugs and kisses, double luck in china, the number of keys on a piano and name of a town in kentucky. 88 is called two fat ladies in bingo. On today’s date in 1848, Niagara Falls ran dry.