Cherry Blossoms (NaPoWriMo 2017-Day 5)

“…our prompt for Day Five (as always, the prompt is optional). In honor of Mary Oliver’s work, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, animal, or a particular landscape. But it should be about a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often. Try to incorporate specific details while also stating why you find the chosen place or plant/animal meaningful.”


Each year when holidays

Are packed away

Drear winter dark descends

Draped ’round me, cape of clouds weighs

Heavy… faith cart must be pushed uphill

But I press on—like barnacles, cling

In perseverance…my reward soon comes


I live for their return

First glimpse of rosy buds, perhaps

An eager flower here and there

I raise blinds high, for in mere days

The petals pop like corn

Pale pink blooms multiply fast

Take over every branch

Blessing, balm on prickly soul

(Such profusion obscures riffraff)

I walk beneath grand canopy

Million blossoms, edge-rippled lacy

Translucent tissue, babe-angel wings

Surely, it is Spring!

Slowly I stroll to pick up mail

Feeling like princess, fairly tale

My eyes gather blooms from every tree

For brief is the season cherry…

When storms, destructive, rudely come

Winds and rain send fluttering

Down, small delicate cherished flowers

But with heartfelt appreciation, they

On ground, a royal carpet lay

That I’ll step silent upon dew-dampened

Graceful sheer pink “snowflakes” drifted…

My heart o’er flows with gratitude

Chilly months’ moody doldrums

Gone…by cherry trees are lifted

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6 thoughts on “Cherry Blossoms (NaPoWriMo 2017-Day 5)

  1. strangely enough, my dreary native city of Newark NJ has a spectacular park-full of blossoming cherry – second only to Washington DC – I miss those blossoms – and the youth associated with them


  2. Yay for the cherry blossoms ! Is it the time for them now? Are they like in the picture? Those branches are so,packed full of them! How gorgeous! Our neighbor has a mountain ash and it is blooming with while blossoms. The wind blew many over to our yard, making it look like little flowers were just growing there naturally. 🙂


    • They are really gorgeous–I make a point everyday to look out the window, or go out and walk beneath them (quickly, if there’s riffraff about 🙂 ). As it’s been rainy, the next wind will chase them away–too-soon gone, but lovely….


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