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Happy Easter and Passover, Everyone,
 
    APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding   Lilacs out of the dead land, 
mixing   Memory and desire, stirring   Dull roots with spring rain.   Winter kept 
us warm, covering 5  Earth in forgetful snow, feeding   A little life with 
dried tubers.
 
April is hardly the cruellest month here in Florida, for in the first part  
of April, we have Easter, which means that THE TOURISTS ARE LEAVING, and the  
weather is gorgeous and my confederate jasmine are beginning to bloom (no 
lilacs  here, unfortunately).
 
And now for a poem about cats, and not by Eliot.  There's a rabbit  thrown in 
for Easter.  And, note the line about August being the most  peaceful month.  
April the Cruellest month and August the most Peaceful  month.
 
 
A Rabbit As King Of The Ghosts  
 


The difficulty to think at the end of day,
When the shapeless shadow  covers the sun
And nothing is left except light on your fur—
 
There was the cat slopping its milk all day,
Fat cat, red tongue, green  mind, white milk
And August the most peaceful month.
 
To be, in the grass, in the peacefullest time,
Without that monument of  cat, 
The cat forgotten on the moon;
 
And to feel that the light is a rabbit-light
In which everything is  meant for you
And nothing need be explained;
 
Then there is nothing to think of. It comes of itself;
And east rushes  west and west rushes down,
No matter. The grass is full
 
And full of yourself. The trees around are for you,
The whole of the  wideness of night is for you,
A self that touches all edges,
 
You become a self that fills the four corners of night.
The red cat  hides away in the fur-light
And there you are humped high, humped up,
 
You are humped higher and higher, black as stone—
You sit with your head  like a carving in space
And the little green cat is a bug in the grass.

--Wallace Stevens
 
 
Regards,
 
Kate


 



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