first the leaves

the cherry tree waits

gnarled limbs breathe in April mist


spring splendour that brings the bees

first the leaves then blossom clouds

©️2018 Ontheland

A tanka in response to Haikai Challenge #26 First [Cherry] Blossoms. I have always enjoyed blossoms when they appear but never before had I wondered when they would show up. Now I know that here, at 44 degrees North, cherry trees bloom in late April or early May. The photo is courtesy of

12 thoughts on “first the leaves

      1. Been hiding inside all weekend because of the ice storm but have to face the ice today….it’s gone a bit about freezing so hoping it will melt quickly.

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