Fragile petals

The Japanese cherry blossoms and the tradition of flower gazing, or hanami, have inspired poets for centuries. This is a haiku call to mind the beauty of springtime and the fleeting beauty of the sakura.

Kobayashi Issa

Issa is one of the four haiku greats of Japan. He wrote a tremendous amount of poetry and was known for his poetic appreciation for even the tiniest creatures.

cherry blossoms scatter–
snap! the buck’s antlers
come off

without regret
they fall and scatter…
cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms
fall! fall!
enough to fill my belly

cherry trees in bloom–
warmed by a brazier
blossom-gazing

Translations by Haiku Guy.

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