Sakura (Cherry Tree)

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1157, Sakura, the National Pride of Japan

“Today, as spring approaches, the entire nation turns a shade of pink. Months before they arrive, retailers switch into sakura mode – cue supermarkets filled with plastic cherry blossom flowers and cherry blossom-flavored innovations in convenience stores. The countdown excitement is heightened further by the televised Cherry Blossom Forecast which offers a petal-by-petal analysis of the advance of the blooms – known as the cherry blossom front – as they sweep from the south to the north of the archipelago.
When the blooms actually arrive (as confirmed by teams of meticulous cherry blossom officials), it is time to indulge in one of the nation’s all-time favorite pastimes – hanami, which literally translates as “looking as flowers” and refers to flower appreciation picnics under the blooms.”

CWF3YA Cherry trees in bloom over canal and path with bridge

Cherry Blossom Kyoto

cherry blossoms
looking so fragile in the moonlight –
ah! the spring breeze

such sadness
the spring wind has molested
cherry blossoms

fading moonlight
caresses the fragile blossoms
finally spring

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Shinano’s deep wooded mountains
even in Fifth Month…
cherry blossoms

© Issa

how many, many things
they bring to mind —
cherry blossoms!

© Basho (Tr. Robert Aitken)

double cherry blossoms
flutter in the wind
one petal after another

© Shiki

the wild cherry:
stones also are singing their songs
in the valley stream

© Onitsura

Here is my attempt:

Carrying basket
looking for picnic spot
under sakura’s blanket

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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One Response to Sakura (Cherry Tree)

  1. ManicDdaily says:

    I grew up in Washington DC and so love cherry blossoms. Lovely post. Thanks much. K.

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