On Year 3: April’s Poems
April is the cruelest month, and the coolest. April is, of course, celebrated as National Poetry Month. In April, just like Chaucer’s pilgrims, I always feel restless when the snow recedes and the flowers begin teasing, when the birds come back, when the mud oozes forth. In the poetic realm, I am not, by far, the only one. So many poems to choose from for April and for spring! And finally, on April 30, with temperatures reaching toward the 70’s, and the sun high enough in the sky to warm things…finally, finally…it really is spring, isn’t it?
April 1, Monday: “Just Before April Came” by Carl Sandburg
April 2, Tuesday: “Song of a Second April” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
April 3, Wednesday: “April Chores” by Jane Kenyon
April 5, Friday: “Dear One Absent This Long While” by Lisa Olstein (I’ve had a sad couple of weeks, and this piece has an incredibly sad beauty to it…I’m glad to have come across it.)
April 8, Monday: “It will be summer–eventually” by Emily Dickinson
April 9, Tuesday: “Spring Rain” by Matsuo Basho
April 10, Wednesday: “Spring Pools” by Robert Frost
April 11, Thursday: “Home Thoughts from Abroad” by Robert Browning
April 12-19: April vacation–no school!
April 22, Monday: “Wash” by Jane Kenyon
April 23, Tuesday: Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare (because it’s his birthday and we’re celebrating!)
April 24, Wednesday:”The Snakes” by Mary Oliver
April 25, Thursday: “What to Do” by Hayden Carruth
April 26, Friday: “Ticket” by Meg Kearney
April 29, Monday: “A Sighting” by Connie Wanek
April 30, Tuesday: “Over the Land is April” by Rober Louis Stevenson
What a beautiful day to end with! Sunny, deep blue sky, buds the maples outside my classroom window, temperatures climbing toward the 70’s. The kind of day that brings a person hope.