“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
A little life with dried tubers.”
From “The Burial of the Dead”, the first part of “The Waste Land” by T S Eliot, and it seems particularly appropriate today! The lilacs are not out yet, but the snow is receding from our memory as the promise of Spring approaches. We were promised snow this weekend, but so far that has proved to be an April Fool!
The lack of lilac is compensated by the hyacinths, with their fabulous purple, mauve, pink and even yellow colours! The pungent perfume cannot be mistaken or even avoided as it overpowers all other scent. Eliot conjures the senses and we can feel the weight of flowers, the moisture, imagine the heady potency of the smells when we close our eyes, and our imagination transports us to another place and time, another memory.
“You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
“They called me the hyacinth girl.”
—Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
Looking into the heart of light, the silence.
I have to say amusement all around with the entertaining article on Turner Contemporary’s Bathing Bunny sculpture in the Isle of Thanet News, (note before 12 noon today 1st April, of course!)
The sculpture was caught on camera this morning (April 1) by isle photographer Skies Over Thanet.
Turner Contemporary bucks art trend with Gormley Easter sculpture
by Kathy Bailes
Happy Easter to all!