April

Then April, gloom and shine, Sad, merry, wilful, meek, With a crocus in her tresses And with tears upon her cheek.

Excerpt from “The Masque of Months” by Edgar Fawcett

Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops Let the rain sing you a lullaby The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk The rain makes running pools in the gutter The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night And I love the rain.

“April Rain Song” by Langston Hughes

Now that the winter's gone, the earth hath lost Her snow-white robes, and now no more the frost Candies the grass, or casts an icy cream Upon the silver lake or crystal stream; But the warm sun thaws the benumbed earth, And makes it tender; gives a sacred birth To the dead swallow; wakes in hollow tree The drowsy cuckoo and the humble-bee. Now do a choir of chirping minstrels bring In triumph to the world the youthful spring."

“The Spring” by Thomas Carew

“Hymn of Spring” by Jon Schmidt

Alisa Williams is Spirituality Editor at SpectrumMagazine.org.

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Loving these posts Alisa. Would like to see them extended to other themes. For example, could you create posts that respond to events in the world? Since events can be either positive or negative, you could either celebrate positive things or help to heal people after negative events. If your input was connected in this way, I believe that it would be a greater blessing than it is now. The dual layer of audio-visual has more impact than just the written text. You don’t need to emerge just once a month with a nature post. Don’t limit yourself. Blessings, Rene G.

Marvelously refreshing. Thank you, Alisa, for gracing us with such luminous verse.

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