how to know it’s april.

April 2, 2018

how to know it's april | reading my tea leaves Along iron fences, crocuses.

Under fingernails, dirt.

In bedtime stories, fairies.

Across midnight skies, geese calls.

In salads, hardboiled eggs (tinged pink and green and blue).

At 5pm, sunlight.

On top of dressers, to know it's april | reading my tea leaves

Around necks, bandanas.

On wishlists, canvas sneakers.

Under market tents, herb starts.

Curbside, puddles.

On windowsills, a spray of dirt.

In rain boots, sweaty toes.

Beside tree trunks, tender to know it's april | reading my tea leaves


On knees, mud spots.

In treetops, birdsong.

On grocery lists, spring greens.

Sometimes, unpredictably, as a quiet reminder that we don’t really know anything, a snowstorm.

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  • Reply Nisha April 2, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Beautiful! I feel like you looked into my life right now and put into words what I couldn’t have. 🙂 Now, kindly share that wishlist of canvas sneakers because I’m going bananas trying to find THE one!

    • Reply Kim April 2, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Haha! My thoughts exactly with regards to the canvas sneakers! Love this new series to start the month Erin!

  • Reply Yelle April 2, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I love seeing the “tender shoots” sprout from the ground this time of year. I always think fall is my favorite, dramatically closing a summer with bursts of reds and oranges. But then every year spring comes and it’s truly so beautiful to see so much green.

  • Reply Natalie April 2, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I’m thoroughly in love with this new series! The last point in April’s – spot on.

  • Reply Rose April 2, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    I always do say, “And there’s always that one time that it snows in April.” Ha!

  • Reply Doe April 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Look at all that hope, all that potential!
    Keep trying, keep trying!

  • Reply Kizzy April 3, 2018 at 3:21 am

    I love seeing these subtle changes as Spring appears. I hope we’ve seen the last of the snow here in the UK too

  • Reply Madhur April 3, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Absolutely love the last line!

  • Reply sasha April 3, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I love this series so much ❤️ thank you!

    How to know it’s April, in Montana. On the brown and muddy ground, a fresh layer (6 inches yesterday!) of snow. On my shivering shoulders, an extra sweater because it’s 7°. On my freshly mopped floor, three sets of muddy dog footprints. On my table, a lovely pot of tulips daffodils and crocuses, bringing hope of real spring, maybe in May. Or June.

  • Reply Amy April 3, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I love this collection. And to be sure: the snowstorms have been slapping us upside the head just when we think it’s safe to put them behind us. Mother Nature’s opinions are strong this year. 🙂

    • Reply sasha April 3, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      You said it so well!! A little mercy please, Mother Nature.

  • Reply Mickey April 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    May I just say that I really really love this monthly series. My brain is already thinking of how I would write about May, Erin-style.

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