Cherry Blossoms in Northern Japan

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The cherry blossom have arrived in Misawa Japan. I’m so glad to be home in Japan once again and just in time for spring! Here is a beautiful poem by C. Richard Miles that describes my feelings better than I ever could…
 

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Cherry Blossom
 
The cherry blossom’s out to brighten city streets
And daffodils all shout that spring is here to greet
The trees, about to burst in bud and leaf and bloom,
That bring us all relief from winter’s hateful gloom.
 
The cherry blossom’s out and scattered in a drift
All down the busy road, a welcome petalled gift
Resembling winter snow, all soft and white and light
But not so cruel and cold, this cheerful, happy sight.
 
The cherry blossom’s out, so simple clean and pure
Before it starts to fall upon the road’s rough floor
But even in the crush of traffic’s trundling wheels
Its bloom brings us a blush of beauty, which appeals.
 
The cherry blossom’s out and floats upon the breeze
Which toys with every branch upon the cherry trees
In cheerful playfulness on this soft, spring-like day
An early splash of white before the buds of May. 
 
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2 responses to “Cherry Blossoms in Northern Japan

  1. C. Richard Miles

    Hi,
    I’ve just discovered your blog on the Internet. Thanks for using my Cherry Blossom poem on your blog – it’s nice to know people read and appreciate the poems I post. Here’s another one, about the recent Earthquake and tsunami, if you’re interested.

    “Sakura”

    Sakura, cherry blossom, flutters snow-soft, so soft, down
    Across the shattered flotsam of a flattened fishing town,
    Homes battered into matchwood as the sea grew tea-brew brown,
    Souls scattered to displacement camps or swept aside to drown.

    And as the blossom settles, tumbling from the twisted trees,
    It’s followed by massed snowflakes jumbling in the biting breeze,
    To bring a needy nation nearly humbled to its knees
    Condemning the survivors grumbling as they starve and freeze.

    Cold comfort for this country, yet more gloom for those who cry
    To match the wheeling seagulls screeching in the soft spring sky
    Where this tsunami brought such evil; we just wonder why
    Earth’s nature means that many decent people have to die.

    And still a silent fall-out threatens which may be much worse
    From Fukushima’s wreckage, which they struggle to immerse
    With cooling wetting sea-spray hoping that they will reverse
    A nuclear disaster beckoning with its cruel curse.

    Though earthquakes wreak their worst, we still can look through hopeful eyes;
    Humanity will conquer every challenge life supplies,
    For as they face the future, we are sure Japan will rise
    A phoenix from the ashes, their resilience never dies.

    Best wishes to you and all in Japan as you struggle to recover from the tragedy. I teach a large number of Japanese students in an International School in London. We are all thinking of you.

    • designsoiree

      Mr. Miles,

      Thank you so much for the moving poems. I agree that Japan will recover and rise from the ashes of the recent tragedies. If you don’t mind I would love to share the poem titled “Sakura” with my blog readers. Please thank your students for their remembrance of Nothern Japan. The people of Nothern Japan are working with the international community to rebuild and these efforts are a shining example of the best characteristics of human nature.

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