The Sunday Poem: Aileen O'Catherine... On What's Really Needed Nine Months After Your Debilitating Injury

This morning's post is all about April.    Aileen O'Catherine writes that today's piece is "a poem that I wrote for my young son about a year and a half ago. He had a very horrible injury and a long recovery. Fortunately, things are better now, in oh so many ways.

I have written poems all my life, but for the past 14 years, they have been about being a mother. This poem is one of those.  Besides being a mom, I am a freelance writer and currently write for I have also farmed for...well, quite a few years, in Peralta.

Right now, the ditches as you know are full, and our peas and lettuces are thriving. So is my son."

On What’s Really Needed Nine Months After Your Debilitating Injury

I’ll take the whole of April,
starting with the stars.
Sirius can warm me
better than soup
or words,
and when the smell of dirt on bone
wakes me, I’ll have its sounds of spring
to fight the weighty dark.

I’ll take its rain. I’ll take
its lengthening days.
I’ll take April to me like a lantern,
gather its lip of hope,
and shake my fist at life.

It’s better than the whole of summer,
its teeming carts of fruit,
days of heat and grass, rolling clouds
and water drops against the sun.

I’ll take April over autumn’s pumpkins,
creased and full, its colored leaves, flying birds
and sheafs of wheat
more than December’s sprinkled lights against the dark
January’s new beginnings,
the crocuses and snowdrop starts of March.

I’ll take April and it up-cupped tulips,
its scent of warming earth

I’ll take its promise
and demonstration of what’s to come.

I’ll take all of April,
beginning with those stars.

--Aileen O’Catherine

Poetry submissions are welcome.  Email

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Comment by BARBARA BYERS on April 22, 2012 at 8:00am
Yep, April.
so glad it is spring. Thanks for your poem.
Comment by Margaret Randall on April 22, 2012 at 8:02am

One of the reasons I like this poem so much is because it is a story that doesn't give up on being a poem. Beautiful and powerful too. Your ability to connect great scenarios like spring to the intimacy of your son's injury and what it did to you is breathtaking. Thank you.

Comment by Adelita on April 22, 2012 at 8:05am

Aileen!  What a beautiful poem! Glad to hear everything is thriving in your life, especially your sweet son!

Comment by Aileen O'Catherine on April 22, 2012 at 8:35am

Margaret, thank you for your kind words. They mean the world to me. Lita, thank you, dear friend!

Comment by Zuzu Petals on April 22, 2012 at 9:09am

Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thank you.

Comment by Aileen O'Catherine on April 22, 2012 at 11:43am

Ben, thank you for your insights and kind words. I hope the secret doesn't get out about living down here, where life seems pretty near perfect. 

Comment by Leonard Poareo on April 22, 2012 at 12:17pm


Comment by Dee Cohen on April 22, 2012 at 7:02pm

What a lovely poem. An anthem to April. I love how all of April's power and promise is gathered up in your hard earned words. Thanks for this poem. And thanks to the Ditchrider too, as always. Dee

Comment by Camian on April 26, 2012 at 8:23am

what lovely words to read and absorb with my coffee this morning.  thank you for sharing.

Comment by Merimee Moffitt on May 6, 2012 at 8:20am

Aileen, I love it--even city bound as I am--these years.  Spring in my yard and hood is sweet hope and reminder of possibilities.  I love your poem.  May I solicit a submission from you for our monthly broadside, The Rag?  send 3-5 if you would to theragabq at yahoo dot com.  30 lines or less mas o menos. We have 250 a month hand and snail mailed circulation--13 yrs consecutive and we'd love to have one of your poems.  I am co-editor, Karin B my compadre in editing.


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