What Will June Bring?

(roots with spring rain | credit: unknown)

Roots in Spring Rain | unknown

In T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land, we notice that the poem begins with “April is the cruellest month.” It uses a suffix word –est, in the word cruellest.

“April is the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.”

Write a poem that begins in a similar way as T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Use your choice of month and any superlative adjective that fits.

The following are examples of how you might begin your poem.

  • June is the softest month…
  • April is the wettest month…


Superlative adjective – used for comparing one person or thing with every other member of their group (e.g. he was the tallest boy in the class).

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17 replies

  1. June is the moth of free ness and we have summer and we can do anthing that is fun .

    • Thank you for sharing your poem. See the word ‘free ness’ let’s change to one of the following: “More/most free” or “Freer/freest”. Which one will you choose?

  2. What’s anticipation mean.

  3. And, isn’t that the truth! Summer anticipation is upon us!

  4. It All Begins…!

    June is the beguilingest month
    Endless days
    Of sand and sea…
    And mountain pines
    In depths of bluest blue skies

    (Thank you, 34Kiwis, for providing “an excuse” for one of my favorite pastimes — writing poetry! Hope you all have as much fun with this — and, “Happy Summer!!” SME 2013)

    • Beautifully done Ms. English. I enjoy the imagery, “endless days of sand and sea…” I can’t wait for those Summer days.

      • Thank you, 34kiwis — it has been a fun time! Because of all of you, and t.s. eliot, last night…and, into this day… it’s been all about writing poetry! Delicious!

      • I don’t really get that poem.

      • Totally understandable, Kiwi 9, as the poet knows more about what is in her/his thoughts and experiences than a reader! It’s the poets desire to try to let a reader feel and know what the poem means — sometimes this works out, sometimes, not so well.

        You may be interested to know that there are full college classes and many books written about taking poems apart and figuring out what the poet might have meant — and, often, there are different opinions, depending upon the reader and how a poem “hits” her/him. Sometimes, the poet is around to explain or has written a background on the poem and why it was written.

        Let me tell you the picture of what I was trying to say in this one. For me, June is the month when summer officially begins — Summer! with all of its wonderful beach and surf time, the high wide blue skies, the fabulous deep blue expanse of sea…AND, it has also been a time for me to go hiking in the mountains — something that I love just about as much as the ocean. Have you ever hiked along a mountain trail with trees packed thickly around you and looked up through them to where the tall, tall evergreens disappear into the blue sky? It would appear that they “drown” in such a lovely, deep-blue sky!

        So, two experiences I love, that are seeming opposites: the deep blue of the watery depths of the ocean and its sky overhead — and, the deep “bluest blue” depths of the sky with the tip-tops of the tall evergreen trees disappearing (“drowning”) into that blue!

        And, I called June — the beginning of SUMMER! — the “beguilingest month”, because my memories of so many joy-filled times at and in the ocean, coupled with those on mountain trails, always come to mind and “tease” me or “beguile” me with what wonderfulness lies ahead!

        Also, I took what writers call “poetic license” to make up that word, “beguilingest” — sort of like Dr. Seuss does with so much of his great poetry in story form!! Love him — maybe you do, too?

        Oh, and, one last thing, because this also entered into my little poem offering, here: Have you ever lain on your back and looked around you, imagining that all the upside-down stuff is the way you could live? I bet you have! I have, as a small child and then, every so often, just for fun, over the years. So, if we could live upside-down, we’d walk over the tops of door frames, we’d walk on the ceiling…and, the tops of trees would look like they disappeared into a deep blue watery sky-ocean!

        I hope this helps, Kiwi9. Poetry is, very often, not so “obvious” as some other writing. That’s one reason why some people love it, love writing it — and, some other folks, not so much! It’s all good, either way! Thank you for saying that you really didn’t “get” this poem — commenting is excellent, but, look out for long answers! 😉

  5. August is part of greatest and it’s part of summer
    putting them both together makes a puzzle, trying to solve the pieces, piece by piece, until he or her finds her greatest summer ever.

  6. January is the plain month no holiday no nothing.Bringing not much but everyday things, just waiting for something else to come our way.

    • Hello Kiwi. Well done! See the word “plain” change to superlative form, plainest. I’m proud you took the challenge and enjoy poetry.

    • That’s not true January is not a, plain holiday it’s a special month because it’s a brand new year and, we celebrate Happy new year’s like I said, January is a special month not plain or boring.

      • Hi Kiwi 9, It’s ok to disagree, now reply to this post with your own poem version. Use a superlative to compare your month to another.