April Nears the End

Early April Lilacs

Early April Lilacs

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

— T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land”

The land was not dead after the warm winter, and the lilacs appeared early. Through several weeks they brightened the yard, then gradually faded, then shrank, then vanished.

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