4.15.2016

Spring Clairvoyance

He said
about April
what anybody would say
about such a month
that it breeds color
to beat back shadows
scent to tempt
even the most staid merchant
   to hooky
That is what April does
and we all know it
Why else songs
celebrating winter’s end
in the muddy throes of April
Why else a new sign
ignoring an otherwise
portentous horoscope
in favor of new bloom
Only in April
is lilac-breath acceptable
even encouraged
So when he says April
   is for lovers
April carries my tune
   in its gut
I shall wait until then
   to sow my seeds
it is April’s garden
of which he sings
We all know the words
and sing along

Poem #12 for April, for Angie’s prompt to the Real Toads using a word list from The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot.
 
I’ve been so sick! Seems I’m turning a corner and starting to feel better, but catching up to produce 30 poems in April? We shall see.

11 comments:

  1. Oh I think you will make it... otherwise I think I might have a few extra to borrow you... Glad you are feeling better. I truly love the sense of lilac-breath (though here in Sweden that's for May).

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  2. Sorry you've been feeling under the weather. Hopefully the wonders of April as you described them will help with your convalescence. If April can breed color to beat back shadows, hopefully it will do the same to the germs/ viruses who have over stayed their welcome.

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  3. Yes, so sorry you've been sick. Hope the mending is here now. I love this treatise on April. In WV you can't count on planting till the middle of May. Your poem is sooo liltingly lovely

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  4. Your write is so pretty. Is it even prophetic any more when all know thoughts of spring bring thoughts of love? Heh. Oh, but we happily hum the tune regardless, no? So glad to hear you are coming back around to the land of the living and writing. Hope April is a breath of fresh air for you, clean out all those germies.

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  5. I especially enjoyed the lines,"
    scent to tempt
    even the most staid merchant
    to hooky" This is so true of Spring. We feel released.

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  6. We all know the words, and sing along...
    "Only in April
    is lilac-breath acceptable
    even encouraged"

    Wonderful. Glad you're feeling better!

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  7. Oh, what a gem! A happy write to accompany your recovery. :)

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  8. Yes, cruel though it may be, we all need to be shaken out of winter sleep and forced to move again, to live, to thrive.

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  9. Only in April
    is lilac-breath acceptable
    even encouraged

    Love this!

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  10. Only in April
    is lilac-breath acceptable
    even encouraged
    I wish it could be encouraged in other months.

    Love your title.

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  11. Marian, thanks for beating back the shadows, for today's prompt. Hope your illness recedes into those Wasteland shadows. Yay for April!

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