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Friday, April 01, 2016
Poetry Friday: April
Welcome to April and to National Poetry Month! I'm looking forward to all the celebrating. The Progressive Poem has begun today, and you can see the first line here.
I posted this Emily Dickinson poem on the first of April in 2011, in the wake of the earthquake in Japan, noting that in spite of the destruction there, the cherry trees were in bloom as usual. "Nicodemus' mystery" at the end of the poem refers to the man who came to Jesus at night and asked how people could be born again. Spring is an illustration every year of rebirth. Here in the tropics, where I live, the rebirth isn't necessarily as dramatic, since we don't have a real winter, but there are little evidences of nature's cycles all around. Just outside my classroom window, the mahogany tree has all new spring-green leaves.
In my own life, I've been very aware of endings lately, and I'm looking forward to some new beginnings that must be just around the corner. I don't see them yet, but I believe in resurrection, and springtime, and "Fern-odors on untravelled roads."
An altered look about the hills;
A Tyrian light the village fills;
A wider sunrise in the dawn;
A deeper twilight on the lawn;
A print of a vermilion foot;
A purple finger on the slope;
A flippant fly upon the pane;
A spider at his trade again;
An added strut in chanticleer;
An axe shrill singing in the woods;
Fern-odors on untravelled roads, -
All this, and more I cannot tell,
A furtive look you know as well,
And Nicodemus' mystery
Receives its annual reply.
Today's roundup is at The Poem Farm, where we're invited to wallow in wonder this month! Yes, please!