Cherry trees blooming in December

Today Victoria is hosting the dVerse Poets Pub for their Meeting the Bar series. She is asking that we use symbolism. See if you can guess to what I am referring. and it is true. At the office park where my husband works, cherry trees are sporadically blooming. I have ended a free verse poem with a classic haiku.  I don’t know if this is symbolism or metaphor but it hit me this morning as I took my husband to work.


Shizuoka – December 2015 – public domain image

Cherry Trees Blooming in December
December –
bleak and freezing –
But cherry trees are blooming.
Cherry trees are bursting forth into bloom –
a few scattered blooms along the bare branches.
One blooms
and another
then another
Until the tree is covered in sporadic bits.
The blooms are holding on longer,
it seems.
The cold preserves them.
The cold encourages them.
In a few days
the blossoms will drop their petals
and float onto the snow.
But I will remember in January
the cherry trees blooming in December.

cherry trees blooming –
snow is falling – winter palls –
brave blossoms tell all


38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 15:50:34

    Are you writing of the courage of the first woman to come forward? However one reads it, it is beautiful. And I have lived in Richmond. Like Reno, you can expect anything.


  2. Frank Hubeny
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 16:14:35

    They are brave to bloom in winter.


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 16:15:16

    Oh that courage, I think it speaks a lot of change to come. Really liked the symbolism


  4. annell4
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 16:17:43

    I loved this write, but I will be honest, I didn’t know what the cherry trees and the blossoms referred to, but still, I loved what you wrote. I think this would allow the reader to fill in the blanks making it personal to them.


    • kanzensakura
      Dec 07, 2017 @ 16:57:49

      You are absolutely correct Annell. I just love the image itself. I was referring to whistle blowers in general and to the me too movement in particular. In spite of the spareness of the blooms, I think they are even more beautiful for blooming out of season.

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  5. Jane Dougherty
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 16:55:21

    I took this at first degree too and loved the image of the memory of petals falling.


  6. hypercryptical
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 18:47:49

    We must remember Toni.
    The blossoms must hold onto their gains and bloom again, if needs be.
    Anna :o]


  7. rothpoetry
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 20:00:29

    Nature sometimes gets it wires crossed! We had some azaleas blooming in November here in NC.


  8. Grace
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 20:20:22

    Those cherry blooms are courageous, like the silence breakers ~ I love that we wrote about the same theme – let them tell all ~


  9. Nan Mykel
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 21:12:53

    I read this as fighting the good fight against all odds. Good one.


  10. Janice
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 22:55:06

    Fascinating to learn of blossoms in December…and your symbolic use of the phenomena is quite creative and effective.


  11. X
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 23:42:23

    Great last line which really “exposes” the symbolism in this Toni
    It does take quite the courage to come forward, and to speak out.
    Knowing what it might cost and not knowing if anyone will back you.


  12. Just Barry
    Dec 08, 2017 @ 01:53:27

    This is brilliant use of symbolism. Loved this, and may they continue to bloom. #metoo


  13. kim881
    Dec 08, 2017 @ 02:43:25

    Those cherry trees are full of hope and promise, Toni!


  14. lillian
    Dec 08, 2017 @ 07:02:23

    Wonderful symbolism of the cherry trees breaking forth in bloom in the midst of winter’s cold enveloping weather. They will not be frozen out! They burst forth, one…then another…and another. And they will be remembered for their courage to speak out. Well done! 🙂


  15. Vivian Zems
    Dec 08, 2017 @ 10:29:10

    Despite the cold, cherry trees bloom. They shows the strength, courage, hardiness and impermeability to harsh weather. And bursting forth……uh-hmm! Bravo!


  16. Laura Bloomsbury
    Dec 08, 2017 @ 12:29:24

    nearly missed it so well have you secreted symbolism here – brave blossoms tell all – but also I was carried away by the sheer beauty of petals in the snow


  17. Imelda
    Dec 08, 2017 @ 18:33:19

    I read hope in this piece. 😊


  18. Jane Swanson
    Dec 09, 2017 @ 09:49:01

    Let the poems come like these blossoms.


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