April's Curse

April's Curse

A Poem by Naomi Bloom
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Negative spring/April poem. An expansion on T.S. Eliot's famous quotation, "April is the cruelest month" from The Waste Land.

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The snow melts to reveal sad assortments of garbage

Strewn along the sidewalks like a dirty bricolage

The geese occupy our emptying quad

Each is a blessed sign from your god


The early bird rises far before the dawn

Bragging in bird-tongue about his perfect lawn

Global warming shows its ugly face

And the weather becomes a temperamental disgrace


Moving trucks and vans headed toward the interchange

Each summer my peers look forward to happy change

To work or not to work, that is the question

But often work is more than just a suggestion


April is the time of transitions

The time of decisions

Moving from brain to body

From student to entry-level nobody


It’s nice work if you can get it

But every year I forget it

Wait until the last minute

Get hired just in time to quit


Exams and singing

Farewells and resume printing

Interviews and bargaining

All these things remind me of spring


Longing glances across the fluorescent lights of the store

I long with everything I have for him to cross the floor

Every year we interact but nothing more 

But every year I hope the power goes out so I can be his w***e


Well, roll up your sleeves

It’s time to produce!

Five months away from the tuition-grabbing thieves

So there’s absolutely no excuse!

© 2012 Naomi Bloom


Author's Note

Naomi Bloom
Negative spring/April poem. An expansion on T.S. Eliot's famous quotation, "April is the cruelest month" from The Waste Land. My take on April as a university student, retail worker and singer.

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April is the time of transitions

The time of decisions
A nice write...

Posted 9 Years Ago


Naomi Bloom

9 Years Ago

Thank you!
Sami Khalil

9 Years Ago

You are welcome... :)

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Naomi Bloom
Naomi Bloom

Ontario, Canada



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An amateur writer of poems, short stories and other types of writing. I recently graduated from university and I am trying to figure out what to do with my life. Victorian England, name meanings, be.. more..

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