April Showers

Listen, listen, listen, listen:

Rain at 4 a.m. Pull up the covers

Around your safe and warm sleeping body.

Keep the sweet, mothering peace of promised

New days born with open arms, open mouths,

Eyes open to catch loving mother’s gaze,

Ears listening for the hushing rushing

Mother kisses, love gifts on soft warm mouths

That will learn to form the sounds of child grace

While small hands point to the discoveries 

Of every day:  flowers yielding to leaves

To feast on summer sunshine and soft rain.

For now, listen as April ends in rain

Endowing May with the power to bloom again.

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