April Can (2021)

April can be kind.
April can be cruel.
April is
April after all.

April must be
at home in Alice’s Wonderland—
October’s petal frocked twin,
hiding her teeth behind a teacup.

April leaps
up in yellows, pinks, and greens,
determined to grow out of spite
of the winter before she arrived.

April is especially hard
this year, demanding a new start
from an earth whipped sore
while trying its best to live
after the dying winter. 

But April can cry
right alongside you,
keeping company in quiet mists
or keening with you
in inconsolable storms.





Liner Notes for this Groove: This poem was created for the Weekly Scribblings prompt at Poets and Storytellers United, April.

43 comments:

  1. Have you done your taxes yet, LOL? Another April tradition!

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  2. Beautiful! And an insight for me into what a Northern Hemisphere, Springy April can be like.

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  3. A lovely distillation of everything April, Rommy! I love the images of ‘October’s petal frocked twin, hiding her teeth behind a teacup’andl ‘keeping company in quiet mists or keening with you in inconsolable storms.’

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  5. Bravo!!! luv this April poem Rommy

    Muchđź’›love

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  6. April is cruel...today it is snowing. I wish I was joking.

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    1. Oh I know you aren't! I felt bad for the places that got snow. We got a bit hail here.

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  7. Your poem well describes April and its many moods. We got two inches of snow last night in my world! Disappointing for the daffodils, for sure!

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  8. "April leaps / up in yellows, pinks and greens." Doesn't she though!

    (April winds keep blowing my wireless Internet away. I know I've typed at least one comment that probably blew away on the last gust. If others in the community don't see comments, that may be the reason.)

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    1. I've had more than one Zoom work meeting in April where people had to let the rest of the team know that the wind might mess with their connection.

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  9. My heart resonates deeply with your poetry.

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  10. Your words are so true Rommy! We just got some snow today! LOL! Big Hugs!

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    1. I was shaking my head when I read how some places got snow.

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  11. Luckily having lived in the Northern hemisphere I am well aware of the joy in escaping from winter. Beautifully written Rommy.

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  12. Nice tribute to April, the good, the bad, the ho hum. Overall April ties with October at the top of my list.
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  13. Great poem about April and I love the lines "October’s petal frocked twin,
    hiding her teeth behind a teacup."

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    1. I thought those were some very fun lines to write

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  14. Lovely! April does it all. I think you're right that it is Alice in Wonderland's month. And I love the same line that Marja mentioned.

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    1. You can really picture April being right at home there!

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  15. i enjoyed your poem about April.
    but April is just another hot month over here. :)

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  16. Oh, Rommmy, this one planted a lump in my throat. So many truths about April... and living. I love the resilience, the recognition of the hardships and the losses, the whispers of, Still, things will get better, eventually.

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    1. Yes, exactly. I don't think I truly felt in my heart the line about "April being the cruelest month" until this year. It's so rambunctious, so alive, in the face of some things being gone. But there is a resilience in its mischief, and I'll love April all the more for it.

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  17. "hiding her teeth behind a teacup" is a wonderful image. "What big teeth you have, April."

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    1. I adore that you brought up the additional fairy tale imagery!

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  18. One of the loveliest April poems I've read ..........

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  19. This is wonderful Rommy, it sweeps one along like be carried in an April breeze. Well written!

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  20. Your imagery in this is splendid. I feel whirled around and set down in Oz.

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  21. April has been beautified through beautiful words.

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  22. I love the April you described along with Alice in Wonderland. So English! But I'm partial to things English as I'm an anglophile. :) Where I live April burns. Thank goodness for watermelons and mangoes.

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  23. April has never, for a long time, been a month I welcome. Too many reasons. But this year, perhaps it will be more welcome since it seems to be a portal to a newer world. We'll see. Nice write.

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