Sakura * Haiku

Here are some Haiku I created for Instagram and Facebook, reposting them to the blog.

We visited the most pinked park with over 2,700 Japanese cherry trees and I melted into haiku. It was a grey and cloudy evening but the contrast of rain drenched blossoms, thick petal carpets and wanderers made for an amazing opportunity to see blossoms at their peak flowering in Branch Brook Park. I have reworked the Haiku a bit on every platform, these here are the final version.

Sakura

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Pink petal carpet
Prunus 'accolade' blossoms,
hue of poetry

Grey men, fresh blossoms
in a sand box playing ball,
happy with little

Latino couple,
photo shoot under blossoms,
love blooms in 'kanzan'.

Rain melting blossoms
dripping down ebony trunks,
tears for the sun.

Blossoming tarmac,
pathways, river banks, parking,
Caste / no bar / blossoms.

Brush dipped in loves hue,
heart strokes up gnarled onyx trunks,
splattering blossoms.

Are blossoms soul songs ?
Then a million stricken men
bled for love alone

Signalling passion
Akebono and Ukon,
as road parts blossoms.

Drizzle in the air,
pink red petals in my hair,
trees smile, grey sky smiles.

The road to Essex
should be laid in pink passion.
Let Sakura know.

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Japanese cherry blossom is a flower of many trees of genus Prunus of which many species and cultivars exists. The fruit isn’t edible like in a cherry tree for these are ornamental Prunus species. Known as Sakura in Japan, it is considered to be their national flower.

We saw men play ball in an awning-covered sandbox and my husband mentioned that it takes very little to keep old men happy. It made me crack up and old in my dictionary refers to anyone over hundred and five, no offence meant. The cherry blossoms took some and some were over hundred and five 😉

There were blossoms everywhere inscribed in the wet, chilly and smiling. All visitors looked very happy. Cherry trees have a way of doing that to people.

I have elaborated a bit on some of the cultivars so that readers may gain an appreciation for the type of blossoms you see the next time you chance upon a cherry tree. There’s more to them than just the colour.

Four of the species/cultivars I have mentioned in the poem are: [1]
Prunus ‘Accolade’ is an English hybrid between P. subhirtella and P. sargentii.This tree bears clusters of semidouble, 12-petaled pale pink flowers that open from dark pink buds in early spring.

Prunus ‘Ukon’ is a cultivar of Prunus serrulata that produces an abundance of large, semidouble flowers of a yellowish or pale green color (ukon, for “turmeric,” refers to its unusual color). A hint of pink on the petals adds to the drama of this attractive cherry.

Prunus × yedoensis ‘Akebono’ This medium-size tree produces very attractive light pink semidouble flowers that appear before its dark green leaves emerge. Akebono translates as “dawn” or “daybreak.”

Prunus ‘Kanzan’ is a popular cultivar is considered by many to be the most showy ornamental cherry. Flowering is extravagant, with pink, almost magenta double blossoms borne in hanging clusters. The double blossoms of this cultivar were bred to have up to 28 petals each.

Reference:
[1]https://www.bbg.org/collections/cherry_stages