Guest post by Isabella Mori

For the next four weeks, I’ll be posting a few haiku once a week. Lots of people think of cherry blossoms when they think of haiku. I do, too, of course – but so much so that I’ve lost my taste for pretty cherry blossom haiku. The idea, then, is to post haiku that are a little rougher, darker. Feel free to comment with your own haiku, your thoughts, or suggestions for improvement!

cherry blossoms …
every street
bears a white man’s name

first sunny day
shirtless guy yells abuse
under the cherry tree

development permit
i’m afraid
for the old cherry tree

(A wave, too, to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival).

— Isabella

Sign up for Isabella Mori’s Haiku and History workshop on Sunday, April 25, noon to 1:30PM. This event is free for members.

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