NATURE CAN BE CRUEL

T.S. Eliot Called April the Cruelest Month

Maybe he had allergies

Janice Macdonald
3 min readApr 5, 2024

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Wild iris, southern France (all photos by author)

As I write this, Languedoc winds are blowing and my eyes are streaming. It’s April. The ‘cruellest month,’ as T. S. Eliot described it in The Wasteland. Cruel, in his view because April is a time of growth and renewal which creates reason for hope. And hope, as we know all too well, often leads…

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Janice Macdonald
The Daily Cuppa Grande

At 68, I started a new chapter in my life: I moved to France. Alone. It turned out to be quite the page-turner. Still is — even when age insists on a part.