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NaPoWriMo 1

April 1, 2012

link to NaPoWriMoThis is the starting point.  It was a beautiful day today.  Cold, clear and sunny.  Like many other English people the day cried out for me to get in the garden.  I’m not much of a gardener.  I used to be a gardener for a while but always working under some one else’s guidance.  I was good for lifting, carrying and doing what I was told.  I enjoyed it but wasn’t convinced I could make a career out of it so I moved on.  Which in a sense is emblematic.  So here is my first of 31 poems.

April fool

The warming ground
is welcoming new
seeds of possibility.
This time of renewal
refreshes the aspirations
that new beginning brings.

I will do more
that brings me into
contact with what I am.
I raise my face
to the cleansing sun
and vow again
to turn my seedling self
from dormant possibility
into strong new growth

But as I pull at the withered remnants
of last year’s ambition
from the abandoned beds, uncovering
dead roots of unfinished starts,
disturbing mottled
balls of dormant slugs,
puncturing the winter rotted carcases
of half-formed fruit.

I feel myself to be
April’s fool.

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