- This month has been a difficult month emotionally for all of us.
- The month of April has been designated as National Poetry Month.
- The book I have been reading this month is an Amazon Prime monthly choice: This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann.
There is something about April which stirs our emotions and makes us think of poetry, love, and hope. Every child knows the poem “April showers bring May flowers” by Thomas Tusser. As the renowned poet T.S Eliot wrote:
April is the cruelest month,
breeding Lilacs out of the dead land,
mixing memory and desire,
stirring dull roots with spring rain.
An April Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
When the warm sun, that brings
Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
‘T is sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
The first flower of the plain.
When so many famous poets have always celebrated April, it is fitting that April has also been designated as National Poetry Month.
The Coronavirus Crisis
This month has been a difficult month emotionally for all of us. The Democratic nominations are almost concluded causing a lot of emotional stress in the various opposing factions of the Democratic Party and also there has been the continuing emotional stress for all of us in dealing with the deadly Covid 19 coronavirus.
This is a challenging time for everyone in the world. I have never been through a time like this in my life. It is going to take a lot of strength and courage to get through it. The doctors are telling us that it will get worse before it gets better. We will all need to do whatever we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones and then just go through the next month or two one day at a time and realize that all of this stress will at some time in the future be gone and we will be able to again go back to our more normal lives.
This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann
The book I have been reading this month is an Amazon Prime monthly choice: This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann. It is a romantic adventure with a political background. It is the story of a German woman who lived in Nazi Germany at the end of World War 2. when East Germany was occupied by the Russians. It is a painful story of occupation and the effect it has on all the people living there as they try to survive in a repressive environment.
I realized as I was reading this story based on a family memoir, that we Americans in recent times have never felt what it must be like to live in an occupied country under a occupying, hostile government. Most of us simply feel that we will always live in freedom because we always have, and we really can’t envision life without free choice. It is even difficult for us to understand how easy it is to lose our precious freedom. All it takes to lose our freedom is the erosion of the rule of law. If a president were to replace the heads of our important departments with people who will do his bidding; if our lawyers and judges are replaced with people who will do what the president commands; If our police and military follows only the president’s orders and the congress no longer has any oversight powers, than our democracy has eroded and slipped away before we will even be aware that it is gone, In this time of unprecedented political change, we all must be vigilante to ensure that this will never happen here.