Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cherry Blossom {a poem in time}

I love Cherry Blossom trees. How can one not. I think they are one of the saddest, most beautiful looking things ever. 

Also called `Sakura' they even have a celebration around them in Japan called Hanami. 

While in China it represents femininity, power, innocence and sexuality; in Japan it is a symbol of transience and fragility of life. It's short beautiful bloom has inspired many poets and artists. And lovers and dreamers.... 

“My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms - will it return to my body when they scatter?” - Anon

"Could I die under a cherry blossom tree in full bloom on a full-
moon night of spring?" - Saigyo

My cherry blossom inspired art and something I wrote - 
Behind the purple clouds when the sun begins to set
and the smell of winter is everywhere
I sit outside and stare long.
Between the branches and the fruit
of the cherry blossom tree 
I try and catch a glimpse
of fast fading light
and quickly hiding birds
I hum a song I used to know
half forgotten half lost
and then
I miss you....
I miss you a lot.
- neha ramabhadran, 2009


~cori said...

even though i use the cherry blossom in my paintings i never knew what they symbolized... i love the japanese symbolism the most. thank you so much for including my piece in this lovely post.

GB said...

Neha, you have great taste, love this post, AND your art. Are you an artist too? I'd love to do a post on you......

Neha Ramabhadran said...

Thanks Cori and GB!
I hope to get to know you better! :)

GB said...

:D Hey Neha, "Ijazzat" is one of our all-time favorite movies....

wallflower said...

Thank you for your comment.
Yes most of my photos are on flickr. What do you mean by "flickr banned"? I've never heard of it. Why does being in Dubai mean you can't view Flickr photos?

I've never heard of that.. please explain. I can try to use an alternative soon.


Holly J. Howard said...

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