Guest post by Isabella Mori

Instalment #4 of not-so-pretty cherry blossoms: Of course these cherry blossoms are pretty, and when the late April wind has them drift through the air and form a delicious pink carpet, how can they not delight? And yet … they make me think of other rains. Of other lives that fall.

pink rain …
reading about
nagasaki
st. mary’s church
under the cherry tree
a buried kitten
But there is hope. Things can change.
this year
drunk on cherry blossoms
not gin

— Isabella

Follow Isabella Mori on twitter @moritherapy and stay tuned for more events with Isabella, like Haiku from Tashme Internment Camp, a multi-site reading of haiku written by Japanese Canadians interned at Tashme, the largest internment camp in British Columbia during the Second World War. With Julie Tamiko Manning, co-author of The Tashme Project: The Living Archives, Jacqueline Pearce, author of Haiku in Tashme: The Legacy of Sukeo “Sam” Sameshima, and Isabella Mori, with Laura Saimoto of Vancouver Japanese Language School and members of the Tonari Gumi Haiku Club. Presented on location at multiple historic sites, including Tashme Museum, Vancouver Japanese Language School, Tonari Gumi, and Historic Joy Kogawa House (coming in September 2021).