Christina A. Sharik


It’s April, and spring
It’s daffodils, and
violets everywhere,
and seedlings
the scent of greening
in the air.

It’s anniversaries
and birthdays
of family and friends –
beginnings and ends…

All through Time
April has been visited
by Evil and Sorrow –
when people have wondered
about might come to pass

Oklahoma City
and Rwanda,
Ft. Sumter –
The Titanic’s foundering;
the assassinations
of Lincoln and King;
and so much more

including the end
of the Vietnam War.

Still, I like to think
that in spite of April’s
when God and the Devil
dueled with each other,
God won.

Because in April, He reminds us,
of His presence
when he washes the World clean
when the lilacs and the daffodils bloom,
and He gifts us with the Sun.

Titanic: On April 15, 1912, at 2:10 AM, the mighty ship of dreams, The R.M.S. Titanic foundered, bringing with it some 1523 souls into the cold sea.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated April 3, 1968 in Tennessee

Abraham Lincoln Born: February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky; Died: April 15, 1865. Lincoln died the morning after being shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth, an actor.

On April 8, Lincoln notified Gov. Francis Pickens of South Carolina that he would attempt to re-supply the fort. The Confederate commander at Charleston, General P.G.T. Beauregard, was ordered by the Confederate government to demand the evacuation of the fort and if refused, to force its evacuation. On April 11, General Beauregard delivered the ultimatum to Anderson, who replied, “Gentlemen, if you do not batter the fort to pieces about us, we shall be starved out in a few days.” On direction of the Confederate government in Montgomery, Beauregard notified Anderson that if he would state the time of his evacuation, the Southern forces would hold their fire. Anderson replied that he would evacuate by noon on April 15 unless he received other instructions or additional supplies from his government. (The supply ships were expected before that time.) Told that his answer was unacceptable and that Beauregard would open fire in one hour, Anderson shook the hands of the messengers and said in parting, “If we do not meet again in this world, I hope we may meet in the better one.” At 4:30 A.M. on April 12, 1861, 43 Confederate guns in a ring around Fort Sumter began the bombardment that initiated the bloodiest war in American history.