The month of April has many days that have annual designations for specific dates, but it also has designations that vary in date from year to year in April or occur in different months altogether.

April 2 is annually National Love of Our Children Day. This year, April 2 was also the beginning of Ramadan.

On April 7 of this year, the first Black woman to serve as justice on the U.S. Supreme Court was confirmed.*

April 14 is annually Look Up At The Sky Day. This year, Good Friday falls on April 15, and Passover also begins on that date. This year, Easter is on April 17.

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. Below, In recognition of Earth Day, are lines from my poem “Our Future,” written in 2008.

“… God Was looked down at some rivers below,
So filled with trash they could just barely flow …
God Was was saddened and let out a sigh.
Its breath rushed down to the earth from the sky.
Then a sound reached God Was that made the god smile.
It was the voices of children, who, innocently, while
Many things in the world were undoubtedly wrong,
Were loudly and happily singing a song.
“Earth Day! Earth Day! Happy, happy Earth Day!
We’ll pick up papers and bottles, too,
Recycle cans just as you can do.
We’ll not pollute our rivers and streams.
We’ll save our earth working as a team.
We’ll save our earth for its future years,
Making each day an Earth Day from now on!”
God Was’ mood was greatly heightened
To see that children were enlightened.
This also meant that there were others,
Teachers, environmentalists, fathers and mothers,
Who cared enough about the earth
To fill these children with such mirth
About the need to work each day
To keep the destruction of earth at bay
The God Was repeated the children’s song,
Echoing their hope that earth care would last long.”

*More will be written in reference to this confirmation at a later date.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...

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  1. Peggy- I really love the poem. It speaks volumes. The merry month of some spring is coming and hopefully we will hear the mirth of children at play, enjoying the outdoors and hearing the birds sing.