New Year’s was celebrated at the start of Spring
Charles decreed that the calendar, which had been the Julian
Should become Gregorian and he really wasn’t foolin’
But there were those in Europe who continued to celebrate
On the 1st of April – which was no longer the right date.
So they were teased by others and were called “April Fools”
Because they were not playing by the newly established rules
In France, the fools were called “Poissons d’Avril” for a reason
They could be easily “caught” like the young fish of the season
It is also the Lenten period when people eat fish and fast
And in the signs of the winter zodiac, Pisces is the last
So in France on April 1st, if a joke’s been played on you
Here is my suggestion as to just what you should do.
If someone says “Poisson d’Avril” then runs like a March hare
Check your back to see if you’ve been given a fish to wear..!
In the 1960’s I taught in France and experienced having been taken in by an April Fool’s prank – I took the bait – I “bit” and since I had “mordu” I found a “fish” stuck on my back…! Heureusement, plus souvent on m’a donne des poissons au chocolat!
Editor’s Note – Culver City Crossroads ran this poem in 2013 on April Fool’s Day, and we thought it would be fun to read it again.