Spring Reads – April

Garden with some tulips and narcissus
Spring! Can't wait! Image via Wikipedia

Yay for good books!  As I said, I loved “Heart and Soul,” and “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” is a sweet book that I can’t wait to discuss at book club.  I’m almost done listening to HP book 3 and picked up book 4 today!  I’m intrigued by “The Hundred Foot Journey,” as I just started it this morning.  Any book about food is fun to read!  It starts in India and moves to London and beyond.  India is so fascinating to me.  But the descriptions of the filth and poverty will deter me from making it a high priority on my visit list.

I’m also saying “yay” about the iPad2 I am using for work!  After I finish with my pile of books, I will hopefully share nook books with friends!

So, although my Spring Reads list is LONG (and getting longer!) I am making progress!

  • Mockingbird
  • The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
  • Heart and Soul
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Fly Away Home
  • Winter’s Garden
  • Harry Potter (2)
  • Harry Potter (3)
  • Harry Potter (4)
  • Harry Potter (5)
  • Harry Potter (6)
  • Harry Potter (7)
  • Jane Eyre
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

And now to celebrate Poetry month, a poem from “Reflections on a Gift…”  – one of my favorites!

APRIL by Marcia Masters
It’s lemonade, it’s lemonade, it’s daisy.
It’s a roller-skating, scissor-grinding day;
It’s gingham-waisted, chocolate flavored, lazy,
With the children flower-scattered at their play.

It’s the sun like watermelon,
And the sidewalks overlaid
With a glaze of yellow yellow
Like a jar of marmalade.

It’s the mower gently mowing,
And the stars like startled glass,
While the mower keeps on going
Through a waterfall of grass.

Then the rich magenta evening
Like a sauce upon the walk,
And the porches softly swinging
With a hammockful of talk.

It’s the hobo at the corner
With his lilac-sniffing gait,
And the shy departing thunder
Of the fast departing skate.

It’s lemonade, it’s lemonade, it’s April!
A water sprinkler, puddle winking time,
When a boy who peddles slowly, with a smile remote and holy,
Sells you April chocolate flavored for a dime.

3 thoughts on “Spring Reads – April

  1. Greetings!

    I am wondering if anybody could help find the copyright date for the poem “April” by Marcia Masters. I have not been able to find any information as to when this was published. I have been able to find the poem on many websites, but no information about the copyright date. I am trying to help my son find some of this information for a Forensics project in school.

    I would appreciate any information or leads that anybody can provide.


    Theresa Zieber

    1. Hi Theresa
      I took the poem out of my “reflections on a gift…” and its at home but a quick Google book search shows the table of contents of the book and it says it is from Contemporary poetry copyright winter 1944. Published in COLLECTED POEMS reprinted by permission of the publishers … I can type more when I get home but there is info on that Books table of contents. Its a great poem!

    2. Now that I’m not on my phone, here is what the Acknowledgments says in “Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle” -“April” by Marcia Lee Masters, from CONTEMPORARY POETRY (Winter 1944). Reprinted by permission of the author.

      Then it says: “April” from COLLECTED POEMS by Yvor Winters, by permission of the publishers, Alan Swallow and Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd. Copyright 1952, 1960 by Yvor Winters.

      Not sure it’s talking about the same poem, but I don’t see another poem called “April” in this book.

      Hope this helps!!

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