April Already 

The earth laughs in flowers. 
– Ralph Waldo Emerson 

It’s absurd, really. All this life 
and death 
and every breath 
(howled, held) 
in between. We’ve seen 
too much. We know too much. 
We talk too much and forget 
to listen. 

We take our lumps 
(benign, and not) 
we try our shots and hold out hungry hands 
something beautiful, 
true blue. 
Something known. 

If you want, you can sit all day 
under this bright sun 
and mourn
the horrors 
and the hours. 

I’ll be a fool for poems
and flowers. 


In April, she poems. Even when life is one big messy messy mess.  

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9 Responses to April Already 

  1. This made my day. I love it, and will probably return to read it once more.
    We do know too much.
    But it is spring, and I do not want to miss it.

  2. Shawna says:

    I love that the title could be a command, “April” as a verb.

    The whole piece is fantastic, but my favorite is your “flowers”/”flow-ers” word play, which takes the setting straight to a beatnik poetry house for me.

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Thanks, Chica. Struggling today. Went to a friend’s sister’s memorial this morning (multiple cancers), while another dear friend had a double mastectomy this morning. Add a few other family life things in, and my heart is just heavy. Breathing in flowers. And flow-ers. Thanks for being here. 💙

  3. erbiage says:

    Hooray! Hooray for fools and flowers and poems!

  4. bwarren says:

    Life is hard, and you offer your shine. Thank you.

  5. “hold out hungry hands
    Yes! And yes again! Thank you for the beautiful reminder!

  6. Lovely, De. And what a great rhythm. ❤️

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