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April Inventory - Poem by William De Witt Snodgrass

The green catalpa tree has turned
All white; the cherry blooms once more.
In one whole year I haven't learned
A blessed thing they pay you for.
The blossoms snow down in my hair;
The trees and I will soon be bare.

The trees have more than I to spare.
The sleek, expensive girls I teach,
Younger and pinker every year,
Bloom gradually out of reach.
The pear tree lets its petals drop
Like dandruff on a tabletop.

The girls have grown so young by now
I have to nudge myself to stare.
This year they smile and mind me how
My teeth are falling with my hair.
In thirty years I may not get
Younger, shrewder, or out of debt.

The tenth time, just a year ago,
I made myself a little list
Of all the things I'd ought to know,
Then told my parents, analyst,
And everyone who's trusted me
I'd be substantial, presently.

I haven't read one book about
A book or memorized one plot.
Or found a mind I did not doubt.
I learned one date.And then forgot.
And one by one the solid scholars
Get the degrees, the jobs, the dollars.

And smile above their starchy collars.
I taught my classes Whitehead's notions;
One lovely girl, a song of Mahler's.
Lacking a source-book or promotions,
I showed one child the colors of
A luna moth and how to love.

I taught myself to name my name,
To bark back, loosen love and crying;
To ease my woman so she came,
To ease an old man who was dying.
I have not learned how often I
Can win, can love, but choose to die.

I have not learned there is a lie
Love shall be blonder, slimmer, younger;
That my equivocating eye
Loves only by my body's hunger;
That I have forces true to feel,
Or that the lovely world is real.

While scholars speak authority
And wear their ulcers on their sleeves,
My eyes in spectacles shall see
These trees procure and spend their leaves.
There is a value underneath
The gold and silver in my teeth.

Though trees turn bare and girls turn wives,
We shall afford our costly seasons;
There is a gentleness survives
That will outspeak and has its reasons.
There is a loveliness exists,
Preserves us, not for specialists.


Comments about April Inventory by William De Witt Snodgrass

  • Rookie Kami Bleu (11/13/2007 3:37:00 AM)

    should be dedicated to ts eliot as its basically a loose copy of 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' with its title borrowed from the wasteland-not impressed (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Mo. (6/6/2007 1:32:00 PM)

    I saw you on the cover of 'poetry.com'
    ''Good to know you'' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (3/18/2005 6:32:00 AM)

    Isn't this one of the most enchanting poems, from a lovely mind? (Report) Reply

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Poems About April

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  2. 2. Always Marry An April Girl , Ogden Nash
  3. 3. It Was An April Morning: Fresh And Clear , William Wordsworth
  4. 4. April Love , Ernest Christopher Dowson
  5. 5. An April Day , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  6. 6. Elegy In April And September , Wilfred Owen
  7. 7. Wet Evening In April , Patrick Kavanagh
  8. 8. April , Sara Teasdale
  9. 9. April , William Carlos Williams
  10. 10. A Calendar Of Sonnets: April , Helen Hunt Jackson
  11. 11. April Music , s./j. goldner
  12. 12. Absent Place&Mdash;An April Day , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. April , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  14. 14. April , Louise Gluck
  15. 15. April Song , Sara Teasdale
  16. 16. April Rise , Laurie Lee
  17. 17. Memory Of April , William Carlos Williams
  18. 18. April , John Greenleaf Whittier
  19. 19. Riot Act, April 29, 1992 , Ai Ogawa
  20. 20. My April Lady , Henry Van Dyke
  21. 21. ' April , Tsira Gogeshvili
  22. 22. April Inventory , William De Witt Snodgrass
  23. 23. April , Ezra Pound
  24. 24. April , William Watson
  25. 25. A Rainy Day In April , Francis Ledwidge
  26. 26. April -- North Carolina , Harriet Monroe
  27. 27. Song Of A Second April , Edna St. Vincent Millay
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  29. 29. April Dusk , Patrick Kavanagh
  30. 30. April Rain , Mathilde Blind
  31. 31. April Love , John Knight
  32. 32. Over The Land Is April , Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. 33. The Shepheardes Calender: April , Edmund Spenser
  34. 34. (the) Budding Grace Of April , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  35. 35. [month Of] April , Hilaire Belloc
  36. 36. An April Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  37. 37. April Fools , David Kowalczyk
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  40. 40. April Washed. , Fay Slimm
  41. 41. April , Edward Thomas
  42. 42. In April , James Hearst
  43. 43. April, Dear April , Mark R Slaughter
  44. 44. Rom: On The Palatine (April, 1887) , Thomas Hardy
  45. 45. April , Charlotte Smith
  46. 46. In The Old Theatre, Fiesole (April, 1887) , Thomas Hardy
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