Sakura Hanami

Cherry blossom viewing for High Park in Toronto, Ontario:

watching for blossoms

glimpses of cherry pink sky

a spring tradition

I lived in Toronto for over 30 years and was not aware of the cherry tree groves in High Park. For one to two weeks a year the imported cherry trees offer an opportunity to stroll in a wonderland of blossoms. I hope to view them this year if weather and plans align.

Blossom enthusiasts can enjoy first blossoms, peak blossoms and late blossoms. This week’s Haikai Challenge features late cherry blossoms, which gave me an ‘excuse’ to explore cherry blossom viewing near where I live.

In honour of late cherry blossoms I wrote this short haibun:

When I was much younger I was afraid of growing ‘old’. Only now do I fully appreciate how young I was when haunted by these fears. Passage of time and physical decline have shown me the ephemeral nature of beauty…youth…pleasures lived and remembered. Exquisite blossoms splash my life with fresh beauty every spring only to fade to wilted memories, reminders of impermanence.

late blossoms

drifting into open hands

many moonrises

~

©️2018 Ontheland

first the leaves

the cherry tree waits

gnarled limbs breathe in April mist

anticipating

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 Pixabay.com.