"Landscape with Ascanius Shooting the Stag of Sylvia," by Claude Lorrain‘…That Cruelest Spring’ by Daniel P. Rattelle The Society September 3, 2016 Beauty, Poetry 3 Comments And then we remembered that cruelest spring, when we awoke to find ourselves hollow. Where once we mocked, “O Death where is thy sting?” now we lie in the mire and wallow. In the sting of April’s rain piercing my skin when we divined that there was no truth. And spring was drained of its redemption, dead were the days of our idyllic youth. these flowers, so lately come into bloom will surely die by the first of the fall and I will mock their meaningless doom then I’ll search the fields and gather them all. because brief and meaningless though they be still, they were worth something to me. Dan Rattelle is a poet living in Western Massachusetts where he is founding a homestead with his wife and kids. He is the poetry editor of Persona, the literary journal of Westfield State University and his work has also been published in Dappled Things. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses JAMES sale September 4, 2016 Like the voice speaking in this – and the concluding couplet which clinches the point Reply AJR September 4, 2016 Lovely! Reply Jeanie September 5, 2016 Nice piece. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.