Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "April" by Marcia Masters

    It’s lemonade, it’s lemonade, it’s daisy.
    It’s a roller-skating, scissor-grinding day;
    It’s gingham-waisted, chocolate flavored, lazy,
    With the children flower-scattered at their play.

    It’s the sun like watermelon,
    And the sidewalks overlaid
    With a glaze of yellow yellow
    Like a jar of marmalade.

    It’s the mower gently mowing,
    And the stars like startled glass,
    While the mower keeps on going
    Through a waterfall of grass.

    Then the rich magenta evening
    Like a sauce upon the walk,
    And the porches softly swinging
    With a hammockful of talk.

    It’s the hobo at the corner
    With his lilac-sniffing gait,
    And the shy departing thunder
    Of the fast departing skate.

    It’s lemonade, it’s lemonade, it’s April!
    A water sprinkler, puddle winking time,
    When a boy who peddles slowly,
    With a smile remote and holy,
    Sells you April, chocolate flavored, for a dime.

--Marcia Masters


Old Kitty said...


Absolutely lovely!!!

What a fun and fabulous poem - thank you for sharing this - makes me sad that April is nearly over!

Suddenly I'm hankering for lemonade...

Take care

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Nice imagery, especially the chocolate flavored (lemonade?) for a dime. What a steal.

Kazzy said...

I love it! Captures the feeling of April perfectly.

Ashley King said...

Love this!

great images came to mind. =)

thank you!

Unknown said...

fun poem. I want some lemonade now.

Alexandra said...

How can April be gone already?? I haven't enjoyed it yet.

Cheeseboy said...

April has always reminded me of the hobo on the corner.

I do like this poem.

Marlene said...

Wow - lots of visuals in that poem! Thanks for sharing!

Joann Mannix said...

Oh, it's just perfect.

April is the month to inspire poetry.

Beautiful imagery.

My Mind's Eye said...

What a great poem in honor of April!!!! I don't think I've ever
read it.
Madi and Mom

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Perfect! I love this poem. I'm going to print copies to share with my students. :-)

One Photo said...

Love it - so perfect for a sunny end of April day!

Liz Mays said...

I believe that we're just now getting to that kind of weather around here and this brought back some lovely childhood memories for me. Loved it!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

Wow that was really beautiful! Thank you. It put a smile on my face.

Beth Zimmerman said...

That was awesome! :)

sarahjayne smythe said...

This made me feel like summer time. :)

Ann said...

gingham-waisted chocolate flavored lazy sounds like a most excellent way to spend the day.
That is an adorable poem

Kimberly Franklin said...

Lemonade. YUM! Love the poem!!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...


Leanne said...

So lovely, Betty.

As always, THANK YOU for such sentiment on Poetry Tuesday!!

Pearl said...


How great was that? Wandering around, glad I found you! I've added you to my blogroll.



Copyboy said...

definitely kicks the whole "life gives you lemons" thingy in the butt.

essbesee said...

quite nice.

Life Is A Road Trip said...

What a perfectly lovely poem! Hope you have the best week ever. I'm thirsty for some lemonade.

Ms. A said...

Makes April sound lovely.

Ally said...

Very fun and summery :)


Shannon K. said...

This is a perfect poem for April, which just happens to be one of my favorite months!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous poem, but may I try summing it up simply? "I'm so glad spring is here." Hooray!

Thank you so much for your vote for me; I really do appreciate that, as I don't want someone to totally obliviate me in the contest! Really, your show of support was great. Thanks again.

Powdered Toast Man said...

I have no idea what that meant. I am bad at reading poetry but I would like a chocolate dime if you have any left over.

Thanks for voting on the battle.

Edwina said...

Beautiful...sounds like September here in Aus. :)

someone said...

One of my favorites. so much imagery that makes you know
it's april.