The month of April comes in the spring. If you're not familiar with the Japanese way of numbering months, you probably think that it is a relatively innocent month. Not true. April is the fourth month of the year and is therefore Shigatsu (shi-four, gatsu-month). Shi also means death and suffering. So April becomes the Death Month. Its a pretty unlucky number and month.

April---> derived from Aphrodite?
Zodiac: Aries--The Ram

As April is National Poetry Month, I offer you the following:

As Chaucer says:

When April with his showers sweet with fruit
The drought of March has pierced unto the root
And bathed each vein with liquor that has power
To generate therein and sire the flower;
When Zephyr also has, with his sweet breath,
Quickened again, in every holt and heath,
The tender shoots and buds, and the young sun
Into the Ram one half his course has run
from Canterbury Tales

T.S. Eliot counters with:

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead earth, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
from "The Waste Land"

And as always, that old chestnut:

"If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?" "Pilgrims."

Sour Grapes (1921)
William Carlos Williams



Public domain text taken from The Poets’ Corner:

CST Approved.

A"pril (#), n. [L. Aprilis. OE. also Averil, F. Avril, fr. L. Aprilis.]


The fourth month of the year.


Fig.: With reference to April being the month in which vegetation begins to put forth, the variableness of its weather, etc.

The April's her eyes; it is love's spring. Shak.

April fool, one who is sportively imposed upon by others on the first day of April.


© Webster 1913.

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