Poetry Friday: The First of April

Happy Poetry Month!

Because it’s April, I’m challenging myself to write a poem every day this month. I thought about trying to find a theme, or a direction, but in the end I just decided to let my writing go where it wants to go, noticing, observing, and trying to find poetry in the rhythm of the day. And since my OLW for 2021 is TRUST, trusting my instincts seems like a good plan.

Yesterday began gray and chilly after some particularly warm and sunny days. Was April playing a joke?

The First of April

April enters drearily,
in a gray-white sky,
in raindrops suspended in time.
in greening grass dotted with daffodils,
and in tulips begging to burst,
No fooling!
There is promise of a brighter tomorrow.

Mary Lee has the Poetry Roundup today. And I’ll be back on Wednesday with my contribution to this year’s Progressive Poem that you can follow. Check here for the daily links.

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18 Responses to Poetry Friday: The First of April

  1. maryleehahn says:

    Hooray for the promise of a brighter (and warmer, please) tomorrow!

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  2. tee+d says:

    It’s like dance steps… two steps forward (gently rising heat index), a shimmy in the middle (84 degree record!) then five steps back (as temps return to the fifties-sixties). Every year it makes me smile, as does your poem.

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  3. lindabaie says:

    We had snow earlier in the week, then now it’s 75 degrees. I like that sound & meaning of “drearily, dreamily” Rose. It’s an apt beginning to your April poems.

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  4. janicescully says:

    Rose, such an optimistic uplifting poem and daffodils inspire that, don’t they? I love them! “Greening grass dotted with daffodils.”

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  5. Here here for the promise of a brighter tomorrow! (I thought yesterday’s snowflurries was an April fool’s joke, too.)

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  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Love the promise of the daffodils, especially after just reading Ruth’s post, filled with daffodils

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  7. Janet F. says:

    I am farther north compared to you in PA but our son and 2 grandkids are there near New Hope and there weather is so much milder. We had snow 2 days ago and the temp was 24 yesterday am, but the daffodils are defrosting nicely and soon, soon the buds will show up. Your poem was a good reminder that no matter what spring is coming!
    Janet Clare F.

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  8. Love the shift between your first and second half, Rose. And fun that you’re just going to follow your instincts and trust in your gut! Yay!

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  9. Loralee says:

    Because HE lives, we can face tomorrow! Amen to brighter tomorrows!

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  10. Julie says:

    This is such a fantastic goal! Here’s to April poetry and to trusting yourself!

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  11. Fran Haley says:

    Spring does bring such promise, even when we cannot see it. A lesson on patience and perseverance, perhaps – like poetry-writing! I too am aiming to compose a poem a day. Here’s to all the discoveries!

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  12. Ramona says:

    Promise! It’s what keeps us going. Looking forward to reading so much poetry this month.

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  13. I love that promise of spring, but Mother Nature sure likes to fool us at times!

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  14. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Good for you, Rose, committing to a poem a day! That’s not easy, but it sounds like you have a great plan letting the rhythm of the day carry you forward.

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  15. Ruth Ayres says:

    Yay for your poetry writing this month. I appreciate the lyrical and rhythmic sound of this poem on the first day of April.

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  16. SPRING – the promise of brighter tomorrow. Thank you for reminding us!

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