Friday, March 25, 2011

Cherry Blossoms for Japan

It's cherry blossom season, and in Japan that has special significance. Even more this year, as they mourn their losses and cling to hope for rebuilding a strong future. Cherry blossom haiku has a long history, going back to the 17th c, masters. These spring haiku have a particularly delicate, exquisite, joyful aroma mixed with the sadness of life's brevity and fragility. Seems perfect for these days. Here are some of my favorite cherry blossom haiku by the Japanese poet Basho: (photos are mine, from 2008)

cherry blossoms in sun

A lovely spring night
suddenly vanished while we
viewed cherry blossoms


crab apple
 
From all these trees –
in salads, soups, everywhere –
cherry blossoms fall

 my steps

For a lovely bowl
let us arrange these flowers...
Since there is no rice

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Silent the old town . . .
the scent of flowers floating . . .
And evening bell

Ah, the sadness and the sweetness! Take a moment to enjoy some tiny pleasure - one day's blossom worth of joy.

Poetry Friday is rounded up at A Year of Reading today.

9 comments:

Elaine Magliaro said...

Love your post of pictures and haiku about cherry blossoms.

No spring around these parts yet. We had snow twice this week!

Mary Lee said...

Lovely reminder of beauty, fragility, strength, tradition, and SPRING.

Joyce Ray said...

Exquisite photos! Thank you for sharing these Haiku and beautiful cherry blossoms at a time when we yearn to recall the beauty in Japan.

marthacalderaro said...

If you don't mind, I'm going to sit for a while on that porch swing and take in these haiku. Wonderful photos accompanying.

Kerry Aradhya said...

Beautiful photos and haikus. I'm anxiously awaiting cherry blossom season around here. The blooms should be appearing any day now. Thanks for the preview!

Kerry Aradhya said...

Beautiful photos and haikus. I'm anxiously awaiting cherry blossom season around here. The blooms should be appearing any day now. Thanks for the preview!

jama said...

Thanks for these beautiful moments. Gorgeous photos as always. It's cherry blossom season in D.C.!

Author Amok said...

I love the haiku where blossoms fill the empty rice bowl. Beauty can sustain a person and help him/her through difficult times.

kerrdelune said...

Oh I love this it is spingtime incarnate!