April is a month, the month if you’re a poet,
at least two months if you’re an academic,
not the cruelest month maybe, but the fullest,
and, as Lou Reed warned us, it’s always,
always back to the rain, cold and heavy
as the seasons fluctuate, trying to settle
on spring but not quite succeeding yet.
We did our pilgrimages last month,
for spring break, beaches and mountains
this century’s shrines of choice,
and the land here’s not dead,
except figuratively, maybe, spiritually;
the azaleas, oblivious, threaten to bloom.
T. Allen Culpepper