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Carry April

30 April, 2021

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Carry April

By Mary M. Chadbourne

Along with old grocery lists,
shoe repair claims, bills,
I find on May 1st of my Recorday
this note to me: "Carry April forward."
I consider for a moment if the tulips
and daffodils will hold until I finish
my human agenda, or if I can possibly
take on May with April clearly in arrears.
Unsure now if I've finished March, I feel
unkind to these months that come
all these years, asking nothing of me
but to be April in April, May in May.
Besides, which parts of any
could I rightly reassemble—sunscapes,
the sweet, broken trill of robins?
The backlogged life of all I've tried
lies behind me like a long, lean hunger,
as I note under Things to Do Today
"Carry forward all loves, all summers."
“Carry April” by Mary M. Chadbourne. Copyright Mary M. Chadbourne 2020. Used By permission of the author.
Mary M. Chadbourne, BA, MA, BSN, taught English at Kent State University and the University of Akron. She was an environmental educator and consultant for over 30 years at the Institute for Environmental Education and Chadbourne & Chadbourne, Inc., and later worked as a medical-surgical RN for the Cleveland Clinic at Huron and Hillcrest Hospitals. Her poetry has appeared in The Brand-X Anthology of Poetry: A Parody Anthology, A Gathering of Poets, The Human Issue, The Kent Quarterly, and others. Her poems were also performed in “The Mirror of the Arts” series of the Poets’ League of Greater Cleveland.

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