April 2017

April is National Poetry Month. Find a poem you liked when you were in high school or earlier. Carry it around in April as an antidote to hostility, political spin, and the small indignities of everyday life. Or write one!  The Poetry Foundation catalogs thousands of poems by living authors and dead ones. See, for example, “Sustenance” by Barbara Crooker.

Here is a poem from my chapbook, Sailing into Sunset:

Cherry Tree in April

Dark bark 
striated trunk
branches threaded 
with telephone wire.
Red-and-green buds 
swell, open into
pink blossoms.
Stark sticks vanish in
a cotton candy cloud.

     --Ann W. Borger