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First Line: The old year was slow in passing this spring
Last Line: April remembers.
Subject(s): April

The old year was slow in passing this spring
April saw her as she lay,
Wan and gray,
Arms crossed on her breast
Where snow had lain.
It was April's first sight of Death and pain.
Hers had been the knowledge of the beginnings of things
The pregnant earth, the warm sweet rain, and wispy leaves,
Bird nests, love quests, mating under the eaves.

The encounter has left her cold,
Though she is told
Nothing has changed; today is as yesterday;
May is on her way
With cowslips in her hair;
June is as fair,
And there is the rose.
But April knows.

Through the flower she sees the withered stalk,
(December's face white as chalk)
Others may forget;
Her cheeks are wet.
Something that was Youth's inconsequence has crumbled
Like ashes from dead embers
And, though young and erect, she smiles her still set smile, --
April remembers.

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