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

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