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The Cruelest Month?

Published by JIM HARSTAD | Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:14 PM


100 words for April


Let's hear it forthe fourth month ofthe year,
The cruelest month, some say, but I dunno,
How could it be, when everywhere I hear
The croon ofthrush, offinch, ofcardino?

Themonth that gave me to this spinning marble
Can't be the worst one out of allthe twelve,
For if it hadn't spring birds' velvet warble,
Where would we seek thesong, where might we delve?

The fragrance of gardenias rides theair
And nighttime jasmine waits its turn toboard.
Palolo spring is lush beyond compare
With April's cornucopic floral hoard.

It seems tome, of allthe months, thejewel.
Or am I just another Aprilfewel?



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