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The Arrival of Summer #poetry #napowrimo

April 4, 2016


Prompt: In his poem “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot famously declared that “April is the cruelest month.” But is it? I’d have thought February. Today I challenge you to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and why.

The Arrival of Summer

O June, why so cruel?
with your hammered fist
you decimate Spring
drench me in sweat
suffocate me
’til I cannot breathe
I cower inside
under artificial air
panting, panting

I only wish to feel the sun
upon my pale skin
but the fire in your belly
burns, burns, burns
’til I swelter
chased back in
to my darkened sanctuary
where my mood matches
the gloom within

You ride in on fiery steed
the first of three
O June, how you ruin me!

©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

  1. I’ve thought it was January. Here, the true beginning of winter, and for me, the longest month of the year. Dark gray skies, and a colorless world. You have to fight everyday to find the hue!

  2. Would that ours were like that!

    • Ah.. you might grow weary of them after so many years 😉

      • I lived in Dubai for five years and East Africa for two – I’d cope. If it weren’t for the ludicrous cost of healthcare, I’d probably move to Florida, where my son lives.

      • Shame the cost is so high… Florida, I hear, is lovely most of the time.. even in the summer heat

  3. Soul Gifts permalink

    I’m with you on summer – except ours is January 😦

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