Writer’s Workshop: Let Spring Inspire a Blog Post

This week I chose Mama Kat’s writing prompt #6. March 20th is the first day of Spring! Let it inspire a blog post.

Springtime has so much meaning for me. I’ll never forget a college professor I had who used to come in as the students were making all sorts of noise and clamor. He would clear his throat and say, “Yes, it is Springtime.” I think he was addressing all the flirtation and general pollen scattering going on.

T.S. Eliot said in his beloved poem, “The Wasteland:”

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding …

I pondered that first line for years. I think it means we don’t mean a darn thing as individuals. Even when our bodies return to the land, we are simply fertilizer for new life .. Desires.

As a teacher I am so fortunate to get 10 days off for Spring Break. It gives me a chance to contemplate my life. This week I will clean the garage and get the pool ready for swimming. We’ll celebrate Easter.

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year: deep and shallow all in one. I think it is one of my favorites second only to ALMIGHTY SUMMER. Then again, have you ever smelled Spring lilacs walking through a lush garden? I’m not sure even lazy Summer’s ocean breeze can compete with that.

Happy Spring!

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Author: Damien Riley

Damien Riley is a blogger, film reviewer, & podcaster who writes a column at RileyCentral.blog once a week. He has an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. He married a high-desert princess (now his queen). They have 3 children.

1 thought on “Writer’s Workshop: Let Spring Inspire a Blog Post”

  1. I have to disagree with Mr. Eliot. Certainly Summer is the cruelest of seasons. It melts my makeup right off my face and THEN WHAT DO I DO!? ;) Happy Easter!!

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