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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Wax poetic on the cherry blossoms

By Amy Hitt

Let the cherry blossoms inspire you to write. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

It's nearly cherry blossom time, and we're soliciting haikus (the three-line poems that have five syllables in the first, seven in the second and five in the third) in honor of the humble Japanese bloom. Submit your odes in the comments, and they may appear in an upcoming Weekend section. Here are a couple of submissions to get you in the spirit:

Spring in the city
Blooming petals delight us
Dreams of pink and white
--Elizabeth Bosco, Washington

Pink evanescence
Alabaster monuments
Bring shimmering peace
--Howard Gofreed, Alexandria

And for full coverage, visit our special page devoted to the Cherry Blossom Festival.

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hands shaking so cold
weather disregards the date
blooms bespeak the lie

Posted by: InRealAmerica | March 3, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Shy, pink blossoms yawn

Tiny angel winged petals

Flutter in the wind

Sheri Tardio, Prince Frederick, MD

Posted by: sdtardio | March 3, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Pink and white dapple
brown limbs and branches spread out
against the blue sky


Sakura blossoms
Petals swirl down upon me
A spring time blizzard

Posted by: diana_prince | March 3, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

As someone who works on the Mall:

Cherry Blossoms are
pink confections of evil
Tourists please go home

-Sarah C., Washington

Posted by: sarita2641 | March 3, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Blooms from scarred old trees --
Flowers from a magic wand!
We are all amazed.

Posted by: jillevanskavaldjian | March 3, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

As the sun arose,
white was the new fallen snow
that would soon be gone.

Pam Bent, Poolesville

Posted by: PamBent | March 3, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Blooms from scarred old trees --
Flowers from a magic wand!
We are all amazed.

Jill Evans-Kavaldjian
Lovettsville, VA

Posted by: jillevanskavaldjian | March 3, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Along the Mall's edge,
The trees weep pink and white froth -
such bluster and wind.

Posted by: phd1566 | March 3, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Stretching, sleepy, languorous
Silent, sensual, if only for a moment.
Just like me.

Posted by: PlanetFlorida | March 3, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Sweet scent on the air
soft pink petals presage spring
strengthen nations' bonds

Posted by: nkolodick6 | March 3, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

New Hope Blossoms
Proclaims Winter is gone
It's Spring again!

Posted by: phoenix2011 | March 3, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I hate haiku.

Posted by: rpcv84 | March 3, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Still in April bloom
Cherry blossoms so briefly.
I am older now.
Judy Coughlin, Leesburg

Posted by: loco71 | March 3, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Delicate pink whisps
Float gently through the spring breeze
Landing on light hearts

Joshua Kohn, DC

Posted by: josh18 | March 3, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Fleeting winters wing,
Days are warming with the sun
Making way for spring.

Posted by: Xstar | March 3, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Bright blossoms of hope
Give promise of better days
Only to fade out

Posted by: bkearney | March 3, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Pink Petals will pop
Peepers are calling their mates
Music to my ears!

Posted by: stkchk | March 3, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

In downstairs oak bars
We stink-talk into glasses
Waiting for blossoms.

Posted by: mschultz1 | March 3, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Harbingers of Spring,
Promisers of Summertime,
Renewers of hope.

Posted by: observeandreport1 | March 3, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

dreary days remain

pink buds bursting from branches

gorgeous Spring is here

Posted by: kuhrahluh | March 3, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Jefferson, alone
In the tidal basin, cheers
When white boughs beckon.

Posted by: IsabelG | March 3, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Snow-white blossoms fey,
Tremble tranquil warming wind,
Dance over cool waters.

Posted by: earthmuse | March 3, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

She blossomed in spring
my tongue touched their tips, breathing
her delicate smell.

Posted by: poeticlicense1 | March 3, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

She left before spring
I became still, an old oak
Waiting for blossoms

Posted by: poeticlicense1 | March 3, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Spring, come now, singing!
Warts, go smooth! Become blossoms!
Winter dies! Arise!

Posted by: poeticlicense1 | March 3, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Noses in blossoms;
Toes in grass; fingers in hair;
Spring in Washington.

Posted by: poeticlicense1 | March 3, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

This is based on a scene I witnessed a few years ago during the cherry blossom bloom, though nowhere near any cherry blossoms.

======================

Botany knowledge
Seems absent. Hey, tourists? Those
Are magnolias.

Posted by: dkp01 | March 3, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Pink White Gentle Clouds
Light Transcend Despairs Veneer
Pollen And Tourists....

Posted by: dbunkr | March 3, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Pink White Gentle Clouds
Light Transcend Despairs Veneer
Pollen And Tourists

Bruce L. Alexandria

Posted by: dbunkr | March 3, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh Spring! Oh Spring!
Humble blossom, here and now
dancing in the sky.

Pillai, V. Hampton, V.

Posted by: nadaj | March 3, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh Spring! Oh Spring!
Humble blossom, here and now
dancing in the sky.

V. Pillai, Hampton, VA.

Posted by: nadaj | March 3, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

kudos to the GOGBlog poets!

Posted by: ltcrawford | March 3, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The thin air thickens
Bare trees become tall flowers
All things old seem new.

Posted by: mschultz1 | March 3, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Blossoms far away,
A letter from emptiness,
Words fail to describe.


Bryan S.
The Woodlands, TX

Posted by: GatelessGate | March 3, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Traffic exhaust fumes
From cars and trucks at standstill
Shrouded by blossoms

Tourists wonder, why:
Is D.C. all that Asian?
(Besides Chinatown)

Each year in April
Our town's neither blue nor red
But a frilly pink

Posted by: Elnok | March 3, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Drive Suitland Parkway
Pink blossomed trees line roadway
You will get goose bumps

Phyllis G., Las Vegas, NV

Posted by: phylmar26 | March 3, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Pink white petals
Clouds wander by
A chill is in the air

Posted by: jyalan | March 3, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I buried my nose
In her pink folds’ gentle scent
And inhaled deeply.

Posted by: poeticlicense1 | March 3, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

pretty pictures time
sky blue grass green blossoms pink
great days the Lord makes

Posted by: LeilaniW | March 3, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse


Dancing lassy, come now sassy, come now please into the night
Curving twicely, very nicely, lollipoping with the light
Huddle closely, to me mostly, by the pecked-on dusty bricks
Zippers downing, fingers sounding, shiver quickly with my licks
We are full of drinks a daring
We are full of hairy scaring
We are hot and steamy sex
Without the scolding consequence

Posted by: poeticlicense1 | March 3, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

a year has gone by
since we held each others' hands
under cherry trees

Posted by: rooibos | March 3, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Blossom time arrives
Spreading from basin to ‘burbs
Just in time for most

-Rachel Duguay, Honolulu

Posted by: rduguay | March 3, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

We watch the buds form
Raptly awaiting bloom time
When it comes, delight!

- Rachel Duguay, Honolulu

Posted by: rduguay | March 3, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

White gives way to white
Yet one more season elapses
Which we always love

Posted by: sbilan | March 3, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Japan's gift to us
Cherry pink and pearly white
We are most grateful.

Posted by: bonmary | March 3, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Pink white twice yearly
November's cherry blossoms
global warming's gift.

Posted by: mortinm | March 3, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Ice cold snowy days
Gone for now past memories
Cherry blossoms bloom

Posted by: bonmary | March 3, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Blossom time for us
Cherry trees put on a show
Dancing blooms await

Posted by: bonmary | March 3, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Forget the TV
Put down your hand held device
Look at the blossoms

Posted by: bonmary | March 3, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Furloughed workers
Will stride among the trees
Wondering why.

Posted by: MsChaos | March 3, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Upon common ground
We stride, inhaling flora,
Washington succeeds.

Maile F., Oakton

Posted by: MsChaos | March 3, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Spring arrives again
Blossom froth brings tears of joy
Thankful I survive

Posted by: SentientSpectator | March 3, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The trees from last year
Let us know they are still here
Giving renewal

Ken Camarro
Fairfield, CT

Posted by: kencamarro | March 3, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Spring arrives again
Blossom froth brings tears of joy
Thankful I survive


Michelle - Owings Mills

Posted by: SentientSpectator | March 3, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Petals leaning upwards,
like yearning mouths,
Time asks us to know gentleness, again.

Posted by: bovey43livecom | March 3, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Forgotten pink bloom
Winter loosens it's cold grasp
Warmth,like a lost Love's return

Posted by: aquanaut2 | March 3, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Pink flowered pompoms
Cheer spring tourists on parade
Petal confetti falls
Tara Whitworth, Alexandria, VA

Posted by: whitworth57 | March 3, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Water mirrors clouds.
Immaculate blossoms. Now,
wind. Storm of petals!


crispin sartwell, new freedom, pa

Posted by: crispinsartwell | March 3, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Peace blossoms quiver,
Falling petals silent wishes,
Always hope remains.

Posted by: toweroak | March 3, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Hi there, pink cutie!
May I stay a little while?
Thanks - you make me smile. :)

Julie Z., Arlington

Posted by: torque77 | March 3, 2011 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Rebirth in pink, white
wind swept tickles of color
possibilities

Posted by: mortinm | March 4, 2011 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Samuri blossoms
Salute and nod a bow to
Winter's sweet defeat.

Posted by: June6 | March 4, 2011 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Japan, for
these blossoms so pink, so white,
so, good-bye Winter.

Nancy Hickman
Snow Hill, MD

Posted by: hickmannancy | March 4, 2011 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Centered in the storm
we pause and smell the blossoms
Sweet springtime fragrance

Bursting from darkness
Blooming brightness fills the air
Descending to earth

R A Smith

Posted by: mvw00 | March 4, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Haiku

Blush of pink blossoms
Caress and gently conduct
A spring symphony

Elizabeth Banks
Washington, DC

Posted by: pgbanks48 | March 4, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Burning, itching eyes
Oh! The sweet smell of blossoms
Allergy season.
__
Tourists everywhere,
Please stop matching your t-shirts!
Beware of the Mall
__
Brightly colored trees
They sway around the basin,
Petals fall like snow

I-karm DC

Posted by: ikarm | March 4, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Drunks amble near trees,
Urinate. Zip. Smell blossoms.
Blue sky in pink, hope.

Posted by: yellowjournalism | March 4, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Flowering jewels
Ancient pink and white blossoms
From across the sea
_______

Five fragile petals
Amidst contorted branches
Hiding monuments


Virginia Y., Stafford, VA

Posted by: Viya | March 4, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse


I wandered lonely in the crowd
That marches on as if on pills,
When all at once I saw a cloud,
Of sweet pink blossoms, a pungent swill.
Beside the basin, beneath the trees,
A miracle. That made me sneeze.

Posted by: yellowjournalism | March 4, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse


HAIKU

Fluttering, falling
softly carpeting our steps
Blossoms pink and white

HAIKU

April's first blossoms
flutter softly on the wind
Caressing my face

HAIKU

Pink cherry blossoms
announcing Spring's arrival
on soft breezes

Posted by: bertateebayside | March 4, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Delicate petals
Fluttering down the sidewalks--
Cherry blossom rain
______

Hiroshige dreams
Come true every Spring--
Cherry blossom time

______

Spring's laughter
Colors the city
Pink and white

Nancy Lutz, Woodbridge,VA

Posted by: lutzena | March 4, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Fog falls on river
Cherry blossoms show their face
Quiet sign of spring

Suzanne Smith Hall, Falls Church, VA

Cherry trees arrive
Reconciliation made
Peace in shades of pink

Suzanne Smith Hall, Falls Church, VA


Live gift from Japan
Pink blossoms in the springtime
What a sight DC

Suzanne Smith Hall, Falls Church, VA


Government city
Softer side is needed here
Pink blossoms appear

Suzanne Smith Hall, Falls Church, VA

Posted by: angelssh | March 4, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Friendships bloom, then fade.
Even now on jagged branch
Tight pink buds release.

Posted by: TKatt219 | March 4, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Through all the blossoms
Of all that year's cherry crop
My son's smile still shines.

Thom Overton
Reston, VA

Posted by: TKatt219 | March 4, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I am sixty now,
But even at ninety-nine
These blossoms are new.

Thom Overton
Reston, VA

Posted by: TKatt219 | March 4, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse


Japan's gift to us
Cherry pink and pearly white
We are most grateful

Mary Hughes
Hollywood, MD

Ice cold snowy days
Gone for now past memories
Cherry blossoms bloom

Mary Hughes
Hollywood, MD

Blossom time for us
Cherry trees put on a show
Dancing blooms await

Mary Hughes
Hollywood,MD

Forget the T.V.
Put down your hand held device
Look at the blossoms

Mary Hughes
Hollywood, MD

Posted by: bonmary | March 4, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

They come in the spring

Cherry blossoms flying high

Go butterflies go

Rose von Eckartsberg, 7 years old
Arlington, VA

Posted by: gayleve1 | March 4, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

When those pink blossoms come into view
My dear DC I think just of you
How it time to get NAUGHTY
AND RANDY AND BAWDY!
Wait. What the hell is a "high koo?"

M. Moore
Manassass, VA

Posted by: ashtar377 | March 4, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

See cherry blossoms.
Ride metro and hope it is
not too horrible.

#2

Pointless bag searches.
Masonry crumbles below.
Chinese tourists smirk.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | March 4, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Jefferson stands tall
Wrapped with transcendental arms
Sun light on water


Posted by: peter_nd | March 4, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Yearly they descend,
Pink and plump and raucous rush,
Blanketing our paths.

(But are "they" cherry blossoms or hordes of tourists?)

-Nan in Alexandria

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Posted by: zhenge022 | March 4, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Hi there, you tourists!
Those pink things happen each year.
Please walk to the right.

Posted by: theturtle | March 5, 2011 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Snow's last remants sulk
Refusing to acknowledge
Spring's cherry blossums.

Posted by: smurrayesq | March 5, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Pink and white harbingers of spring
Delight us with prettiness
Achooo my sinuses

Posted by: sue1047 | March 5, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

満開の時
一緒に楽にし
酒もう一杯

When it is full bloom
Together we will enjoy
One more cup of wine

Posted by: Kyoryu | March 5, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Sakura


Two tiny blackbirds

chirruping in the Cherry:

I am of two minds.

Posted by: awillia2 | March 5, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

We live in Texas now, but I cannot forget 25 years of living in DC and 25 seasons of cherry blossoms.
*********************************************
Kwanzan cherry tree

blossoms drift down like pink snow

and refuse to melt.

Posted by: texarican | March 5, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Cherry blossom song
Tra la oo ah oo la la
Spring soul pink flora.

Posted by: ShelliL | March 5, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Bees' paradise
Here we are
We're back We're back

Virginia C Metter GA

Posted by: janna2 | March 5, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Crystal epistle
Porcelain prose in repose
Angel of wall ace

Posted by: PathWordANovelNovel | March 5, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Bees in paradise
Hear us hum and watch us dance
We are welcomed back

Virginia C. GA

Posted by: janna2 | March 5, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

What fun!

Sap-sweetened branches
Erase the slate-brushed skein
Of sky. Spring's snowfall.

Posted by: ellerbec | March 5, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh it's cherry time
Are poems supposed to rhyme
Nah thats just to hard

Posted by: ozpunk | March 5, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Monuments framed pink
Jeffersonian blushes
Is Lincoln smiling?

Posted by: weldoncam | March 5, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Blossoms taunt my loss
Your true self forever gone
You of one year past


Posted by: free11 | March 5, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Soft, sensual bloom
Measured breath, flushed bouquet, now
Ephemeral life

Angie C.
Iowa City, IA

Posted by: vida23 | March 5, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

A gift long ago
Peace blooming year after year
Soft white happiness

Eric M.
Manassas Park, VA

Posted by: edmartin1 | March 5, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

No matter the year,
They do not equivocate;
Just choose to blossom.

- Jessie Ruemmler, Richmond

Posted by: jessierue | March 5, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Will peak days obey
All our calculated hopes?
Or mess up Mom’s trip?

Posted by: splank1 | March 5, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

along the river
nature's first blush of springtime
extant war and peace

Posted by: eastport1 | March 5, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

along the river
witness the blush of springtime
extant war and peace

JRJJR, Silver Spring

Posted by: eastport1 | March 5, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Cherry Blossoms fall
Swirling pink flakes of beauty
Covering the mall

Melissa Georgiou Leonardtown

Posted by: giou2001 | March 5, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Surging, pulsing death
Killing the grip of winter
Free, light, green, bright—Spring

Red H., Clyde, Tx

Posted by: Nodnol | March 6, 2011 12:16 AM | Report abuse

blooming sakura
pink petals offer comfort--
first spring without you

Posted by: EMBenavente-Blas | March 6, 2011 2:37 AM | Report abuse

blooming sakura
pink petals offer comfort--
first spring without you

Eileen
Dededo,Guam

Posted by: EMBenavente-Blas | March 6, 2011 2:43 AM | Report abuse

You stood there smiling
Pink petals caressed your face
I said "I love you."

Posted by: Grandpat | March 6, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse


Flowers first, then leaves.
Backwards? Not if your promise
Follows my bright hope.
---

Pink clouds and blue sky
At sunset, dawn and now noon.
We have been thrice blessed.
---

Mist drops on petals
Pink-rose-red, yet do not bleed.
The sun will rise soon.
---

Sun warm on my skin.
Pink confetti in green grass.
Dark water lapping.
---

Among monuments
They bloom in such happy crowds.
We are glad they came.
===
David Chalkley, Manassas
(I like the one about the magnolias.)

Posted by: dbchalkley | March 6, 2011 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Guv tends purty buds?
Not in the Constitution
Tea Party says prune!

Posted by: cellmaker | March 6, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Cherry blossoms fall
when they fall, they soothe my soul
My heart breaks in two

Peter Trapp
Reston, VA

Posted by: rosetrapp | March 6, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Many shades of pink
Against a backdrop of blue
Oh hello, dear spring!

Posted by: Nehal1 | March 6, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Warm winter morning
Running over wet pavement
Crocuses in rain

Posted by: aronmor | March 6, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

April's Cherry Blossoms
Each year we do celebrate
That I did propose

Posted by: nickmellonas | March 6, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful flowers
pretty and ephemeral as
bipartisanship

Posted by: dmor | March 6, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

pollen suffocates
limpid suns frame pink shadows
D. C. drowns in spring

Posted by: markhaag1 | March 6, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Mark Haag, New York

Posted by: markhaag1 | March 6, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

silent multitudes
blossoming in poetry
wield strongest power

Posted by: vaamiller | March 6, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Our cherry blossoms.
A gift from far away lands.
Forever enchant.


Delicate petals
Hues of pink, rose, white
A painters delight

-Anny D. -Fairfax VA

Posted by: JPAUL99ISO | March 6, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

little blades of grass, peak at the chance of snow fall to cherry blossoms...

Posted by: amtsing20022003yahoocom | March 6, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Pink petals float free
Tidal basin sparkling
Cherry blossom Spring

Kim - Columbia, MD

Posted by: kim1231 | March 6, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

An ill-mannered wind
Pelted me with pink petals!
Almost lost an eye!

Posted by: DeanHolmesFreelandWA | March 6, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Swaying in the breeze
Gentle pink and white flowers
Entertain the crowds

Heavy cherry boughs
Laden with beautiful buds
That soon will burst forth


Slowly bursting forth
March the beautiful pink buds
As they ease open


Soft pink and white buds
Against the dark wet tree trunks
Fulfill all our dreams


Leaning o'er water
Rest lovely pink and white blooms
Lulling those around


Thousands come to see
Trees that bloomed for many years
Beautiful blossoms

Posted by: emcmillan1 | March 6, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

silent multitudes
blossoming in poetry
wield strongest power

Victoria Miller
Los Angeles, California

Posted by: vaamiller | March 6, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Winter’s cold breath dies
Rebirth cloaked in pink arrives
As Sping’s royalty


Trees festooned in pink
Laced in lacquered white hues, dance
Spring’s first promenade


Trees dolled up in pink
Flirt under Lincoln’s stern gaze
Flaunting their beauty


Mark Heller
Sarasota, FL

Posted by: M_Hella | March 6, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Pink petals crowds awaken
From blind dark slumber
As eyes rise from ground to sky

-Washington dc

Posted by: seagull3 | March 6, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Cherry blossoms shine
Go away Sarah and Newt
Not November yet!

Posted by: bucinka8 | March 6, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

HAIKU

Asked him on a date
To see those pink blossoms soon
Perhaps love will bloom

Regina Brown
Springfield, VA

Posted by: rlbrown40 | March 6, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

If I can shower
The world with my own petals,
Cherry blossoms, am I truth?


Posted by: free11 | March 7, 2011 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Once I was beauty
Once I was petals and blooms
And attracted crowds

Posted by: free11 | March 7, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Petals pink and white
Painted in impasto
On the wet sidewalk


April morning
Only shreds of pink remain
Still, the tourists stare


Cherry blossoms fade
Now in neighborhood gardens
Upturned bottoms bloom


Robert Forsythe - Annandale, VA

Posted by: rforsythe | March 7, 2011 1:50 AM | Report abuse

These three we don't see
Petals, happiness, people
But we see them, after gone

Posted by: free11 | March 7, 2011 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Wax poetic on
Cherry trees? First duty wax
Poetic on wife

Posted by: free11 | March 7, 2011 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Happiness happens
Blossoms bloom pained tenderness
Sadness waits cocooned

Posted by: free11 | March 7, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

1.
Enveloped in white
The trees and the pathways
Blossoms everywhere

2.
A frame of branches
Blossoms cascade downward
The people rejoice

Rachel Block
- Albany NY

Posted by: rblock | March 7, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

From Japan's great gift
Comes forth blissful thaughts of peace
Blooms dance on the wind

Posted by: jotori | March 7, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Thoughts ^

Posted by: jotori | March 7, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Young girls' souls bloom out
Behind monuments, among
Tidal Basin trees

Posted by: free11 | March 7, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Blossoms cling to brown
Wizened boughs; I cannot cling
Much longer to you


Posted by: free11 | March 7, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Your voice tender, deep
Blossoms sway in kindest breath
You cause life to bloom

Posted by: free11 | March 7, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

No florist box sent
No cherry bamboozling or
Seduction intent

Posted by: free11 | March 7, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Washington’s herald
Of springtime awakening,
Sultry pink blossoms.

Posted by: meandhim | March 7, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Billowing blossoms
As I walk the winding path,
Peace within my soul

Posted by: meandhim | March 7, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Sweetly budding now,
Then opening, blossoming,
And too soon falling.

Posted by: jillvenezian | March 7, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Soft pink and cheery
You make the world less dreary
My blossom dearie

Posted by: 0501 | March 7, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

From bud to blossom
Like reverse origami
Your petals unfold

Posted by: 0501 | March 7, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

The tourists descend
Upon the Tidal Basin.
Cherry blossom daze.

Posted by: 0501 | March 7, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

#1
Sunlight shines softly
Dappling the ground with pale pink
From your frail blossoms

#2
Hiding in tree boughs
Pale pink and white ensembles
Bring tidings of spring

#3
Fluttering downwards
Softly, falling in silence,
A cherry blossom

#4
Tidal Basin lined
With soft pink silk, means the end
Of freezing winter

#5
Spring comes, sweeps away
Dank cold, then leaves behind the
First cherry blossom

Belen Edwards, Washington

Posted by: waitingforNov | March 7, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

#1
Sunlight shines softly
Dappling the ground with pale pink
From your frail blossoms

#2
Hiding in tree boughs
Pale pink and white ensembles
Bring tidings of spring

#3
Fluttering downwards
Softly, falling in silence,
A cherry blossom

#4
Tidal Basin lined
With soft pink silk, means the end
Of freezing winter

#5
Spring comes, sweeps away
Dank cold, then leaves behind the
First cherry blossom

Belen Edwards, Washington

Posted by: waitingforNov | March 7, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Cherry blossom time
The pink glory of D.C.
What a place to be


Beautiful to see
Nature's pink clam shells
opening in D.C.

Posted by: franoc2001 | March 7, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Reflections of pink
Mirrored upon tearful eyes
Of the loving bride

- Jared Pulliam
Silver Spring, Maryland

Posted by: jaredpulliam | March 7, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Emerald city
Transposed by swarms of fuchsia
A heaven on earth

- Jared Pulliam
Silver Spring, Maryland

Posted by: jaredpulliam | March 7, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

It isn't the tree
Nor its waves of pink plumage
It's this great city

-Jared Pulliam
Silver Spring, Maryland

Posted by: jaredpulliam | March 7, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Cherry blossom time
The pink glory of D.C.
What a place to be


Beautiful to see
Nature's pink clam shells
opening in D.C.

Frances O'Connor, Annapolis, MD

Posted by: franoc2001 | March 7, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Natures pink parade
Marches around the basin
Spring's celebration

Posted by: cmohara | March 8, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

One, two, three, four, five
multitudes of colored hands
open, one harmony

Posted by: melglace | March 8, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

One, two, three, four, five
multitudes of colored hands
open, one harmony.

Julien L., Arlington VA

Posted by: melglace | March 8, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Politics mixed with
beauty, D.C.'s own royal
annual wedding

Posted by: free11 | March 8, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Blossoms like justice...
Pretty ideals but say
Oh when do you stay?

Posted by: free11 | March 8, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

When Birds fly back and
Blossoms return, Will you come
On a winding road?

Posted by: free11 | March 8, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Spring's harbinger!
Your feathery pink canopies
Refreshing my soul!

Posted by: meandhim | March 8, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Spring's Cotton Candy
Blossoms spun on tender twigs
Feast for hungry eyes

Posted by: celo1 | March 9, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Blossoms again like
World hurting over, over
And over, again

Posted by: free11 | March 9, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Tourists go away flee
Our trees look like full dogwoods
need to park my car

Posted by: brf20011 | March 9, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Watch blossoms valiant
Whoosh.....comes the unspoken Gale
Why, leave so sadly

Karen Williams, Bethesda

Posted by: MIA2010 | March 9, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Cherry blossoms and
Opening Day arrive in
tandem. I love spring!

Lori D., Bethesda

Posted by: Rockvillain1 | March 9, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Washington, post spring
cherry blossom time, is just
like yesterday's news.

Posted by: lanem2 | March 9, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Cherry blossom, Spring!
Japanese beauty abounds
My allergies sting

Posted by: dcbny | March 9, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

One cherry blossom
Peeks out from its bud--and sees
a thousand brothers.

Posted by: mcintire78 | March 9, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Trees sugary as
Birthday pink frosting each year
We feast gazes yum

Posted by: free11 | March 9, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Will my dreams blossom
Before fear freezes my hope?
Grace me with the Son

Posted by: tritondtiger | March 9, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Pink profligation
Overwhelming a deficit
Of human kindness

Posted by: jeclose | March 9, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

No Parking in There!
Moron is From OHIO
Stops his car in road?

Posted by: getbent | March 9, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Tourists on Metro,
Please don't block escalator
Or rage might blossom

Posted by: SS85 | March 9, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Don’t break off blossoms
or you shall face the full wrath
of the NPS

Posted by: diamondbackjun | March 9, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Such beautiful blooms
But, oh, they make my eyes itch
At least it's not snow

Posted by: melarl | March 9, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Dead fish smell wafting.
Do not climb the tree clown boy
Put your child on leash!

Posted by: getbent | March 9, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Spring-eyed
Dewy Brilliant Life
In My Small Village.

Posted by: JudyParker | March 9, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Once got lucky here
Cherry trees work like beer on her
Hope it happens again

Posted by: getbent | March 9, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Me an ole blue don't get
Why them hukus has so few words
Is there a limit to dem?

Posted by: getbent | March 9, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

We were pink enough,
then, to sing within the wind.
Now, the dark bay calls.

Posted by: halnoakes | March 9, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Each generation's
Blossoms burst, fade out of view
Baby boomers too

Posted by: free11 | March 9, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Fifteen buck metro
Corn fed idiots abound
Plant my own tree now

Posted by: getbent | March 9, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Fried taters can't beat
Them purty blossoms what falls
At mah feet. Ummhuh.

Posted by: getbent | March 9, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

a thousand heads turn
white noise settles on blossoms
jet plane rumbles by

Posted by: akanefan | March 9, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hurry pink petals!
The Festival cannot wait
Until you’re ready.

Posted by: kbockl | March 9, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Born in Washington
Never seen them up close
Can't find a parking place

Posted by: remant | March 9, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Pink moonlight tinges
pastel sugar-hued air of
Tidal Basin shore


Posted by: free11 | March 9, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Look at iced blossoms
Winter is just moribund
Don't gloat cherry tree

Posted by: davewyman | March 9, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

By the calm water
the trees show a blaze of pink
for a little while

Posted by: giuliovenezian | March 9, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Japanese pink flowers,
Shed your beautiful petals,
For us to enjoy,

-by Ryan T.

Posted by: greinhart2011 | March 9, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful flowers,
Bring joy and celebration,
Shed your beauty for all,

-by Ryan T.

Posted by: greinhart2011 | March 9, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The cherry blossom,
Bright pink and full of delight,
Shed petals for all,

-by Ryan T.

Posted by: greinhart2011 | March 9, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

With camera magic
Small blossoms of white and pink
Ring Jefferson's neck

Posted by: defabbio | March 9, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Zillions of blossoms
Ringing the tidal basin
Washington in bloom.

J. Lyon
Accident, MD

Posted by: lyonessj44 | March 9, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Cherry Blossom Haiku:

Night is silent now
petals on the path glimmer
against the wet black

Ann Cherryman, Tucson, Arizona

Posted by: AnnMcC | March 9, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Birds and bees rejoice!
Radiant cherry blossoms
Signaling rebirth.

- J. Lyon
Accident, MD

Posted by: lyonessj44 | March 9, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Explosions light skies
Iraq Afghanistan How
Can we think of blooms

Posted by: free11 | March 9, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

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