April 5, 2016 | Springtime Sadness | Eric Harkreader
T.S. Eliot, one of Western civilization's greatest contemporary poets, once began his famous ode The Wasteland with the line, "April is the cruelest month." For Eliot, who famously struggled with depression and what he self-diagnosed as "abulia," or lack of will, the promise of spring was much darker and more complicated than sheer joy at renewing warm weather: "Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring."
The spring, it would seem, made Eliot long for the unapologetically darker, yet numbing and familiar periods when, "winter kept us warm, covering / Earth in forgetful snow."
When I was in high school, I recall similar mixed feelings on the arrival of spring. Spring signaled the climax of my athletic and extracurricular commitments, when I'd ride a school bus two hours each afternoon to get precious time rowing with my team on the Allegheny River just upstream from Pittsburgh.
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