Other parts of the country are in full bloom, and, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. begins tomorrow. That is one festival I hope to attend before I die! In celebration of the cherry blossoms and upcoming National Poetry Month, I have created a haiga using another of the ukiyo-e images from the Library of Congress. This one is from the artist Toyonobu Ishikawa (1711-1785). The Library of Congress has it with a title of "Hanging poems on a cherry tree." A lovely idea--hanging poems on a flowering tree! I wrote a little haiku to go with the image:
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Do a simple online search and you'll find many poems about blossoms including this one about cherry blossoms by Robert Herrick (1591–1674):
Ye may simper, blush and smile,
And perfume the air awhile;
But, sweet things, ye must be gone,
Fruit, ye know, is coming on;
Then, ah! then, where is your grace,
Whenas cherries come in place?
At the library I once made a large wooden column, which stands near our check-out desk, into a "Poet-tree." I put poems amongst cut-out paper leaves. I don't know if anyone even noticed it, but it was my way of sneaking a little poetry into my job.
Visit the Poetry Friday Round-Up being held this week at The Drift Record/Julie Larios.