National Poetry Month: April 5th

April 5, 2015

After a Month of Rain by Linda Pastan

Everything I thought I wanted
is right here,
particularly when the sun
is making such a comeback,

Lilac--Raindrops_artand the lilac engorged
with purple has recovered
from its severe pruning,
and you will be back soon

to dispel whatever it is
that overtakes me like leaf blight,
even on a day like this. I can still
hear remnants of the rain

in the swollen stream
behind the house, in the faint
dripping under the eaves,
persistent as memory.

And all the things I didn’t think
I wanted, cut like the lilac back
to the root, push up again
from underground.

This poem was selected by Jill S. (Marketing & Communications)

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