I’ll Remember April

(April Wells 1943-2016)

I loved you for your name–
the bloom of youth, the standing daffodil.

I loved you for your voice, in full Canadian lilt
Its high and low note chord.

I loved you for your strength,
To clear the brush and split the wood,
and raise those kids alone
in the dark house across the road.

I loved you for the gifts you brought—grace and song and dance

kenneth to left, april wells, debbie keane, steven marx, backrow joann sorenson, jan christie

And for the gifts you gave–confidence and joy

I loved you for your laugh.

1982aprilwells

5 Responses to “I’ll Remember April”

  1. Jan marx Says:

    Beautiful tribute

  2. Peter Behr Says:

    Very nice, good work.

  3. Margaret Behr Says:

    Such a graceful poem, capturing the essence of an April-lovely woman.

  4. Judith MacKay Says:

    I loved her for how she would pause before she spoke, look away, then return your gaze with steady eyes and respond only after thinking through her words to best deliver her truth.

  5. Judith MacKay Says:

    I loved April for how she would pause before she spoke, look away, then return your gaze with steady eyes after choosing words to best reflect her truth.

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