April Rise

blossomApril Rise by Laurie Lee

If ever I saw blessing in the air
I see it now in this still early day
Where lemon-green the vaporous morning drips
Wet sunlight on the powder of my eye.
Blown bubble-film of blue, the sky wraps round
Weeds of warm light whose every root and rod
Splutters with soapy green, and all the world
Sweats with the bead of summer in its bud.
If ever I heard blessing it is there
Where birds in trees that shoals and shadows are
Splash with their hidden wings and drops of sound
Break on my ears their crests of throbbing air.
Pure in the haze the emerald sun dilates,
The lips of sparrows milk the mossy stones,
While white as water by the lake a girl
Swims her green hand among the gathered swans.
Now, as the almond burns its smoking wick,
Dropping small flames to light the candled grass;
Now, as my low blood scales its second chance,
If ever world were blessed, now it is.
Find some wonderful facts about the month of April, including folklore and calendar dates, here at Project Britain.com http://projectbritain.com/year/april.htm

Published by Jill London

Hi, I’m Jill, a writer and teacher living in the UK, usually behind a desk but sometimes on a sofa with a book or a film. I began writing at around age three, legibly by five, although I didn’t write any stories until I was older. Aged eleven, I began writing children’s fiction, mostly middle-grade fantasy and I’m still doing it to this day. I have had stories published online and in My Weekly magazine. The best bit about writing is when ideas pop into your head (from the writing fairy presumably?) and everything starts clipping together like a jigsaw puzzle. The worst bit? When you start to get the feeling there's a piece missing from the box...

2 thoughts on “April Rise

  1. Is April always associated with spring? I live in a tropical country where it is perpetually summer so I am not sure. Anyhow, I love the photos of sakura! I was lucky enough to see some in Japan. So beautiful cherry blossoms


    1. Perpetually summer?…lucky you! It is supposed to be spring here, (from Mar-May) and it is a little warmer, though there is still some snow clinging in the shadows. April is the ‘mid-way’ point so I guess it’s supposed to be the height of spring.


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