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Short And Sweet: Celebrating D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms With Haiku

Filed by KOSU News in Art & Life.
April 12, 2013

The cherry blossoms are finally in bloom in Washington, D.C., and what better way to celebrate these beautiful Japanese gifts than with a haiku? Our callout on Facebook and Twitter yielded hundreds of spring haiku submissions. With the help of Ellen Compton, Roberta Beary and Kristen Deming of the Haiku Society of America, we selected 20 and made videos inspired by the top three.

streetlamps in the haze … this morning the stone lions catch cherry blossoms— Judy Totts

cherry blossom rainsound of a love song passeswith the traffic— Dawn Apanius

On Jefferson’s watch, Pink cherry blossoms reflect At the water’s edge— Tim O’Malley

And here are the rest …

The sun’s light caress Opens the cherry blossoms And lets us all in.— Chris Anne

Cherry trees abloom, With a wink and a nod to George Washington’s axe.— Carole Kinard Horton

Only three times I’ve Seen these trees turned into clouds But I cannot forget— Glen Varnado

park bench take-away the sky and cherry blossoms in a cup of tea— Paul Conneally

up far too earlythere are little girls playingin cherry orchards.– Devin Wayne Davis

Sitting with sake.Gazing at the pink beautyI dream of the past.— April Callis

the petals fall from an evening cherry blossomshe kisses him first— Jenni L. Backs

Settled on a benchIn the lilting fragranceof cherry blossoms— Ric Cochran

a robin flies upto cherry blossom cover;swish of the cat’s tail— Cindy Putnam Guentherman

Blossoms open up –stop the presses, some good newsunfolds in D.C.!— Melissa Romero Fortner

The first day of springare those snowflakes or petalstwirling in the wind?— Amy Liedtke Loy

Another year goneThe blossom a reminder of how far we’re apart— Alex Dailey

vernal equinox…windstorms of cherry blossomsturn the water pink— Paul Moore

the first day of Spring a wooly caterpillar wears a pink bonnet— Amos White

As pink fades to greenone million haiku poetsput away their pens.— Peyton Price

Wet April morning–Windshield wiper blades heavy with cherry blossoms.— Joel Dias-Porter [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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