(Video link here.) Depending on where you live, cherry blossom season is either approaching, in process, or in full astonishing bloom. In a week or two it will all be over. The teeny video shows just what is happening as we go on about our busy lives.
It only takes a moment to STOP and take it the fabulous blossoms as we walk by…
…and to really see the wonder that’s occurring.
We keep in mind our favorite haiku written by Kobayashi Issa in the18th century:
What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.
This year, we stopped for a moment to look closely at a cluster of blossoms…
…And then into a single one. How many thousands of blossoms make up a tree in bloom?
In the cherry blossom’s shade
there’s no such thing
as a stranger