"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
Khalil Gibran

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April Fools

April this year, not otherwise
Than April of a year ago
Is full of whispers, full of sighs
Edna St Vincent Malay

April Fool
Raphael Kirchner


VI

We came together
April Fools
and not a meeting so much
by chance
nor, for the matter,
design. A confluence,
I shall call it.

Do you see two rivers
like hands,
palm to palm, joined as if in prayer?
But this is water flowing into water
and a swifter current
drags all away.

You spoke first.
And every small thing
the poets have said about April
left metaphor behind and came true.
I wished I had such words
for you but offered instead my hand
with the trust of a child.


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Poets United: Susan is hosting the Midweek Motif: April.

Dreaming with Stacie in The Imaginary Garden features Children's Poetry.



31 comments:

  1. The undercurrent here is dragging me slowly downward...I sense trouble ahead.Really vivid picture, the two rivers and one stronger current.I may have to revisit I - IV again now.

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    1. Not filled with every promise of Spring? Oh dear.

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  2. Love the metaphor of the confluence of two rivers.

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  3. Luv the rivers as palms in prayer. Always a good tool in dealing with challenges

    Much love...

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  4. Lovely, Kerry! Absolutely wonderful phrases and images. I particularly love the last verse.

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  5. ...but offered instead my hand
    with the trust of a child.

    I sense hope, here, believing and entrusting, like April's buds that become blooms, like dreams that are formed in its skies.

    Poppy

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    1. The world is full of mistrust; it is rare one lets one's guard down.

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  6. I love the two rivers like hands joined in prayer==beautifully reminiscent of Shakespeare but with its own twist. Very pretty poetry. Thanks. K.

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  7. I love the
    'two rivers
    like hands,
    palm to palm, joined as if in prayer?'
    Holy palmers' kiss - Romeo and Juliet with a twist! An ominous and worrying undercurrent, particularly considering the last lines, Kerry.

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    1. I do not think there is any undertone, unless childhood has lost its innocence completely. But I understand the context in which you may be reading it.
      This is definitely an adult voice, trusting as a child would because the world is good, sometimes.

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  8. the world is in need of this: two rivers joining like palms in prayer and the trust of a child...i was so distraught this morning seeing a father holding his dead twins in worst chemical attacks in Syria...

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    1. I also saw those images, Sumana. They cut to the quick. So very painful.

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  9. Kerry - This is beautiful. Dreamy, spiritual -- celebrating the birth of Spring & the innocence of a child. As others said, there is something beneath it that if digging, could perhaps bring up more..but I prefer to enjoy its beauty on the surface. Thank you so much for participating in my prompt! Happy April -Stacie

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    1. Thank you for taking it at face value - as was my intention. But the poem does not belong to the poet and readers read from their own frame of reference. It is all very interesting to me to see where the poem goes.

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  10. One of my favourites of yours, Kerry. This is very beautiful.

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  11. the offering of a hand...and trust...
    What more is there?

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  12. Sometimes that hand offered is even better than words!

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  13. I absolutely love this, Kerry..❤️ there is an underlying sense of hope and optimism which is so more these days.. especially like; "I wished I had such words for you but offered instead my hand with the trust of a child."

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  14. I can see the child left in others' hands. Be it a country, something big? The April Fools insert was a good way to introduce. I am missing a lot though.
    ..

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  15. not a meeting so much
    by chance
    nor, for the matter,
    design. A confluence,
    I shall call it....... beautiful. And trusting like a child

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  16. ...and with your hand came the completion of one stanza. Ah romance...

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  17. Ah, love in the Springtime. I want to say "Beware", but maybe just this once trust is warranted ....

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  18. I like the word confluence, how it relates to the humans and the rivers. ANd I love that metaphor morphs into truth. A delightful take on Aprila nd how holiness is embedded in it.

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  19. I loved the image you created about rivers...and the trust of a child!

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  20. your final line echoes that Peter Gabriel line in Red Rain... ~

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  21. I liked how one can offer words or a hand and the two rivers coming together like hands coming together.

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