I have a soft spot for April because it is my birth month. Every year when April comes around, I feel reborn. I can feel the icy cold of winter letting go. I sense sprouting inside of me. I await new adventures, the warming earth, the flower blooming, days ahead full of rain and sunshine. I greet April with eager anticipation.
Yesterday afternoon, as I was talking to a colleague, we glanced out my office window to both be surprised by a party of blue jays sitting in a budding magnolia tree. They were close enough to touch. I wanted to keep them there. Keep them in my memory. What better way to do that than to write a poem. April offers so many gifts, if you are present to see them.
My inspiration for April Four Square comes from NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month: 30 Poems in 30 Days, which was created by Maureen Thorson AND from Verse-Love, Ethical ELA, which was created by Sarah J. Donovan. I am grateful for these two platforms for providing inspiration. And to Denise Krebs, who provided the 4×4 poem idea.