I recently heard an old Simon and Garfunkel song called “April Come She Will” and was instantly reminded not only of how beautiful a tune it is, but also how true. There is much debate over what the song means… from the natural evolution of a short-lived love affair likened to the changing of the seasons, to a metaphor for the actual brevity of life itself. Here are the lyrics… you can decide for yourself:
April Come She Will
April, comes 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’ll remember.
A love once new has now grown old.
Any of the theories as to its meaning would work for me, but the snow on the ground, the shorter days, the layers of clothing I pile on every day or the space heater cranking away at my feet lead me to think about the seasons and how they change. I reflect upon the uncanny way each one has of representing a new phase or marking the visceral passage of time.
The inevitability of change… the promise of seasons is the only thing we can truly count on in this life. What is that saying? “The only constant is change?” … or something like that. The marching on of the seasons is reliable. No matter what is happening in our lives at any given moment — the backdrops of April, May, June, July, August, September and so on rarely change.
April comes and thaws and fosters life with rain. May follows and we are so grateful to see her again. With her flowers and warmth we graciously hang on to every last drop of sun she offers. June finds us tiring in the heat with days that last so long they’ll draw us into the night before we ever even know it is upon us.
July goes so fast with its high blue skies and holidays—like a month-long celebration—we’ll truly wonder where she’s gone by the time August interrupts. She gently reminds us that soon it will be time to go back. Back to school, back to work, back inside as the days grow shorter, darker… colder. September, we will remember, all the life and love and laughter that came with the start of April’s rain.
8 thoughts on “April Come She Will”
Simply Beautiful – thanks for sharing a thinker of a post today:) I love the seasons and trying to be more open to embracing change in my life, since it has been a constant in my life lately. The birds are ga-ga in love right now – it is staying lighter out – the weather changes with a snap – transitioning from Winter to Spring. Have a Great One!
Oh I love that! I’ve always been a lover of April. Maybe because it’s my birth-month. Maybe because I love the bluebonnets that sprinkle the highways. Maybe because the first time I fell in love, it was over birthday cake in April with some bluebonnets on a long walk in junior high, who knows, but thanks for posting those lyrics! 🙂
What is it about the wintry months that make us muse about the seasons? Loved the verse.
Thank you, Shakti. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll return sometime when I resume writing. I’m not sure why the seasons make us wax poetic… but it happens every year. Glad you liked the lyrics. 🙂
I wish that I had learned to handle change better because there has been far too much of it in my life and I do not handle it well.
Wishing I could handle uncertainty right now. I am so bad at it!! I don’t think we ever handle things as well as we wish we would. I guess we should rest in knowing we probably did our best at the time. 😉
Excellent post, and I see the graphic designer in you with the choice of header for the post.