Guest post by Isabella Mori

Instalment #2 of not-so-pretty cherry blossom haiku: Blossom petals on the ground always create a little anxious ambivalence in me. They do look pretty as they blanket the streets and sidewalks. In my old neighbourhood, the blossoms were so copious one year that kids were having snowball – cherry ball? – fights with them. But I also know that soon, these tender petals will disintegrate and turn into sticky irritations on my windshield and shoes. This, of course, is mono no aware, a Japanese term for the melancholic beauty of impermanence, which is often found in haiku. If you’re interested in learning more about it, go here to the lovely Poetry Pea podcast, where you can either hear about it or read the notes.

petals in the gutter …
in my old bones
the wind

cherry blossoms
everyone talks about them
i drink cheap wine

coronavirus
gasping at the beauty
of this blooming tree

And if you’d like to indulge in more cherry blossom goodness, visit the 2021 online Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

— Isabella

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