April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.
WHAN that Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
It’s the last day of April and the snow continues to fall here in Colorado – another big spring storm just as we start to be optimistic. We can take comfort from the poets who promise us that there will be flowers and new growth from this.Please leave a comment about your favorite April quotations on this post.
April is a transitional month, a time of re-birth – and a short month.
So on the last day of April we have an opportunity to review where we are now.
Journal Prompt: What do you need to finish to prepare for new growth?
Journal Prompt: What is the view from your window right now?
Talking of birth….We were all born. What do you know about your birth? What were you told? What have you inferred or even made up?
In my Adult Adoptee Group we were thinking about birth. One person wrote about being left on the steps of an orphanage in a distant country, another wrote about being a twin, someone wrote about the sound of trains. Everyone wrote deeply and movingly. Sharing these stories was powerful for each one – listening was profoundly affecting.
Adopted person or not, everyone has a birth story composed of what they know (facts), what they were told (family stories) and what they’ve imagined (autobiography). What is your birth story? Adoptees often know less about the circumstances of their birth than other people – some do not even have a known birth date.
Journal Prompt – The Story of my Birth
Adapted from Maria Antoniou: “This is a story of my birth” in Writing Works (eds Bolton, Field & Thompson)
Write the story of your birth – write in the present tense, write in the first person. Include anything you remember, have been told or imagine.
Who was there? Who was involved? Where? When? What are the sensory details? The feelings? Whatever you write – it’s your story. Is there anyone you’d like to share it with?
Please share you birth stories here or contact me privately.