Rod McKuen was not only the preeminent poet of the 70s and a singer/songwriter- he happened to be born in the month of April! His most popular book was Stanyon Street & other Sorrows but he was quite prolific and is the best-selling and most widely-read modern poet perhaps, of all time. I haven’t posted his poetry on this blog prior to this so it seemed- finally- appropriate this year to honor him by putting up some of his work for poetry month. Here is an entry whose time has come! The first poem is appropriately titled April. The rest are excerpts from my favorites.

-The Castle Lady

I did not choose an April birth

but I am ever grateful

that the month chose me.

Not because the earth has taken for itself

that same coincidental time

to start rebuilding,

but because by all accounts

April is the only time

a man need not ask even God for miracles

or transformations

they come unsolicited and everywhere.

Tulips and the birth of grass

morning glories in the morning

and lilacs all day long.

April holds a man so firm

that he could swear the screech owl’s singing

was a choir of blue jays

paid to serenade the neighborhood

like a touring medicine or minstrel band.

April is the tuning fork for the summer months ahead.

from Seasons in the Sun

April 29, 1933 –  January 29,2015


from Pushing the Clouds Away

I’ve never been able to push the clouds away

by myself.

Help me.



from May 24

Spring will chase us

through the summer

into fall

and find us beached upon some snowy shore

waiting for the spring to come again.


Cherry blossoms bloom on the Cherry Trees around the tidal basin in Washington, D.C. during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Washington Monument is seen in the background

from Another Monday, Two Months Later

I have always wanted

to watch the flowers open

all the way,

however long the process took.



Lost April, where did you go? Like winter snow… I saw you vanish…“Cats have it all,” Rod once wrote, “admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.”  


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