New Poem ‘April Promise’

April Promise

Full of April promise
so many times we’d disappear
to where the canal boats moored

make-believing one of them ours
a gypsy craft laden for a simpler life
We’d found our own place to dream

saw the naked sun step down to play
to dance on daisy-strewn fields
leaving us to lay by a twisting stream

cradled by heavy blossom trees
unable to face an unpalatable truth
The holes it burned in our maudlin minds

like never-healing wounds
more vulnerable than the blossom
which fell into torrents below

So it is that a few fine April days
are quickly gone
They never presage a fine summer to come

© copyright David Francis Barker 2011

Unseasonal, I know, but those of us entrenched in the northern hemisphere might want to think of spring.

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10 comments

  1. Ina · November 24, 2011

    Hi David

    this is so dreamy, and in November, this is also so far away, thank you for reminding of nicer days!

    “a gypsy craft laden for a simpler life
    We’d found our own place to dream”

    Lovely! 🙂 And the image is too. Oil paint I think?

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  2. David Francis Barker · November 24, 2011

    Hi Ina

    I’m very grateful for your lovely comments.

    Yes, the image was oil originally, something I did a few years ago, but which I have ‘photoshopped’ a bit to spice it up.

    Thank you!

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  3. journeyintopoetry · November 24, 2011

    Hi David

    This is a dream of a poem and thank you for sharing it among our grey November days. Spring is my favourite time of year.

    I just love “…saw the naked sun step down to play
    to dance on daisy strewn fields…” – delicious!

    And the picture compliments it beautifully.

    Christine

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  4. David Francis Barker · November 24, 2011

    Thank you so much!

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  5. Marcie · November 24, 2011

    This is a welcome on this fine Thanksgiving Day!

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  6. David Francis Barker · November 24, 2011

    Thank you – hope you’re having a fine day!

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  7. lscotthoughts · November 24, 2011

    Hi David,

    I admit, I do love fall, however, I live in mild weather, so I understand how you’d be thinking of a warmer climate..I do love this poem, just lovely! 🙂
    Lauren

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  8. David Francis Barker · November 24, 2011

    Thank you!

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  9. Dianda · November 24, 2011

    Really nice! 🙂

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  10. susanjanejones · November 24, 2011

    Hi David,
    A beautiful poem, relaxing and dreamy.

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