William Henry Davies

(3 July 1871 – 26 September 1940 / Monmouthshire / Wales)

April's Charms


When April scatters charms of primrose gold
Among the copper leaves in thickets old,
And singing skylarks from the meadows rise,
To twinkle like black stars in sunny skies;

When I can hear the small woodpecker ring
Time on a tree for all the birds that sing;
And hear the pleasant cuckoo, loud and long --
The simple bird that thinks two notes a song;

When I can hear the woodland brook, that could
Not drown a babe, with all his threatening mood;
Upon these banks the violets make their home,
And let a few small strawberry vlossoms come:

When I go forth on such a pleasant day,
One breath outdoors takes all my cares away;
It goes like heavy smoke, when flames take hold
Of wood that's green and fill a grate with gold.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Sylva Portoian (2/26/2010 1:01:00 AM)

    Another inspiring sentimental stanza from Davies at April month,
    “One breath outdoors, takes all my cares away'
    April is painful month for Armenians,
    as genocide event* started that date.
    But April sings April, no-one can toast goodbye.
    _________________________________________
    *Armenian Genocide(24 April 1915)
    Welsh and Scottish parliaments recognized our genocide but not English... yet!
    _________________________________________________________ (Report) Reply

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