And yet on those April days when the sun shines and you notice the trees blooming and realize the grass needs cut, the relief and hope are overwhelming. Anything seems possible. You have, after all, survived winter which, even if it not particularly cruel, was long as ever.
The highs and lows of April make it the ideal choice for National Poetry Month.
Here a few ways we've celebrated National Poetry Month around here:
Finally, some of my favorite teacher friends from back in the day initiated an email poetry share. The poem I chose to share, which seemed perfect for spring, was Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Afternoon on a Hill." When I was linking to it, I came across a poem we always shared with our high school students when we read The Odyssey: Millay's "An Ancient Gesture." I had forgotten how perfect that poem is. My friend, a wonderful poet herself, shared a poem even more suited to the hope of spring: "From Blossoms" by Li-Young Lee.
Find some ways to celebrate poetry this month, okay?