[It was deep April, and the morn]

It was deep April, and the morn
          Shakspear was born;
The world was on us, pressing sore;
My Love and I took hands and swore,
   Against the world, to be
Poets and lovers ever more,
To laugh and dream on Lethe’s shore,
To sing to Charon in his boat,
Heartening the timid souls afloat;
Of judgment never to take heed,
But to those fast-locked souls to speed,
Who never from Apollo fled,
Who spent no hour among the dead;
          With them to dwell,
Indifferent to heaven and hell.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on June 18, 2023, by the Academy of American Poets.