Monday, April 16, 2018

April Come She Will - Paul Simon

April come she will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain
May she will stay
Resting in my arms again
June she'll change her tune
In restless walks she'll prowl the night

July she will fly
And give no warning to her flight
August die she must
The autumn winds blow chilly and cold
September I remember
A love once new has now grown old

Not strictly a poem, but lyrics, this lovely Paul Simon composition, best known as a Simon & Garfunkel tune, uses the changing of the seasons to describe the changing feelings of a lover in a relationship.  It's straightforward, but sounds earnest enough that it's hard not to be taken in by the nursery rhyme like nature of the work.  Tying the changing of the seasons to the arc of a romance is hardly a new notion, but it's elegantly presented here.  I could not find punctuation on any lyrics source I had on hand, so I've left it punctuation free.  I have however, attached the song itself, because it's too pretty to ignore.

In truth, I thought of this today, as we had a terrific rainstorm last night and this morning, which this evening, has given way to a beautiful April day.  The line, "when streams are ripe and swelled with rain" came to mind today.  Indeed, I took a look at one of my favorite places to walk, a local stream, and found that it was swelled, to put it lightly.  I've attached two photos, one taken today, showing this stream violently overflowing its bounds, and one from last winter, where it's entirely more picturesque.  The pictures are taken from similar spots, so you can see just how "ripe and swelled with rain" the stream really is.

1 comment:

  1. The lyrics are actually based off of an old nursery rhyme called "The Cuckoo" and it seems like Paul Simon added additional lines in-between the poem and to the end. When I looked it up, it said the poem was of English origin so I assume Simon heard it while living in England.