American Life in Poetry: 'This Morning I Could Do A Thousand Things'
I was born in April and have never agreed with T.S. Eliot that it is “the cruellest month.” Why would I want to have been born from that? Here’s Robert Hedin, who lives in Minnesota, showing us what April can be like once Eliot is swept aside.
This Morning I Could Do A Thousand Things
I could fix the leaky pipe
Under the sink, or wander
And bother Jerry who’s lost
In the bog of his crankcase.
I could drive the half-mile
To the local mall and browse
Through the bright stables
Of mowers, or maybe catch
The power-walkers puffing
On their last laps. I could
The garage, weed the
Or get out the shears and
Prune the rose bushes back.
Yes, a thousand things
This beautiful April morning.
But I’ve decided to just lie
Here in this old hammock,
Rocking like a lazy
And wait for the day lilies
To open. The sun is barely
Over the trees, and already
The sprinklers are out,
Raining their immaculate
Bands of light over the lawns.
American Life in Poetry, made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine, runs the first Tuesday of the month. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright © 2013 by Robert Hedin from his most recent book of poems, Poems Prose Poems, Red Dragonfly Press, 2013. Poem reprinted by permission of Robert Hedin and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.
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