If You Would Know Love, Know April

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If you would know love,

know April,

When the whole Earth unfolds under

The touch of a loving sun.

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Not so hot it burns,

Nor so distant its touch is barely felt;

In April, the sun is a welcome companion.

Coming a bit closer each day,

Its presence felt like a warm hand

Reaching out, gently-



Coaxing a frozen landscape into

Covering itself in a million trillion


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In April, the breeze stirs, fragrant and soft,

Over thawing Earth, rich with life and possibilities.

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Winter dreams manifest as growing reality,

Seed coats splitting apart, allowing root and shoot

to reach beyond their imagining.

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If you would know love, know April.

Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome, 2014

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National Poetry Writing Month



About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

6 responses to “If You Would Know Love, Know April

  1. Dear woodlandgnome, For a forthcoming book called How Plants Work by Linda Chalker-Scott, we would be very grateful for permission to use your photo of Oregon grape in the snow from 23 Jan. 2014. We would be glad to send you a copy of the book on publication next year, and to provide whatever credit you specify. Your blog is beautiful! Thank you for considering. I am the managing editor at Timber Press in Portland, Oregon, and would be glad to answer any questions you might have.

    • Dear Eve, Thank you for the kind words. Linda’s book sounds fascinating. Please write to me at woodlandgnome@zoho.com and we can discuss the details. I am familiar with Timber Press and appreciate the wonderful work you do to make gardening accessible to those who want to know more. Best wishes, WG

  2. I loved this! You really captured the feeling that April brings to our hearts.

  3. This was just beautiful! What a lovely, inspired poem in honor of beautiful April. Blessings, Sarah

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