(The Daily Rumpus) The Possibility of April

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Happy April! I’ve never agreed with Eliot that April is the cruelest month. That said, we’re only three days into the month and we’ve already had our

   

Happy April!

I’ve never agreed with Eliot that April is the cruelest month. That said, we’re only three days into the month and we’ve already had our second spring snowstorm. I’ve been rethinking my stance.

But, as April’s showers drag us, ever slowly, to May’s flowers, the world again offers new promise—each of us could be a seedling, could be ready to sprout, ready to push out of fresh dirt and arch our bodies toward sunlight.

The land is not dead. The land is alive, and so, too, we might shed the icy remnants of an unrelenting winter, might be reborn, might begin our rush into delicious summer days.

The promise of April is that of possibility. Promise is fickle: often untended, often unkept. There is cruelty in promise, and cruelty in possibility. Disappointment, failure, falling short. Still, we each tend our own garden. We each choose whether to keep our promises.

Love,
Marisa

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