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Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Poetry Show: The Cherry Blossom

Enlighten Radio Presents


Be patient -- you have an ancient beauty.


Cherry Blossom


A venture into ancient Haiku, David Waggoner, AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL, A.E. Houseman, and Toi Derricotte, searching for the perfect blossom.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM Eastern Time

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded March 27, 2024

Cherry Blossoms


by Toi Derricotte

I went down to
mingle my breath
with the breath
of the cherry blossoms.
There were photographers:
Mothers arranging their
children against
gnarled old trees;
a couple, hugging,
asks a passerby
to snap them
like that,
so that their love
will always be caught
between two friendships:
ours & the friendship
of the cherry trees.
Oh Cherry,
why can’t my poems
be as beautiful?
A young woman in a fur-trimmed
coat sets a card table
with linens, candles,
a picnic basket & wine.
A father tips
a boy's wheelchair back
so he can gaze
up at a branched
All around us
the blossoms
flurry down
                        Be patient
                                 you have an ancient beauty.

                                              Be patient,
                                                            you have an ancient beauty.


via the Poetry Foundation


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