SHARING MY NAME (An April Sonnet)

Sharing Stories

Named for a comic book heroine.

SHARING MY NAME (An April Sonnet)

A small dot in an elementary school baby boom.

Welcome shy girl to a crowded forest, sit at a desk

in the reading, writing, obedience training room.

Window view, I float to outside dreams—picturesque.

A-B-Cs print my calling—silence upon a paper frame.

Lines filled learning, days to weeks. Imagine the shock

hearing a month titled April, sharing my name.

I hurried home, racing hands of the clock.

Mom said I was named after April Kane,

World War in Sunday comics—not funny.

A brave girl of Terry and the Pirates fame,

her heart was kind, her smile was sunny.

One day a year, everyone is an April Fool,

a day of jokes play, fun I learned at school.

April Ryan is a retired Seattle Metro driver and an actively working writer/poet.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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