sakura flurry –
colorful cherry blossoms
showers stone buddha

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silent festival –
annual celebration
falling cherry blooms
anoint stone garden buddha
blossoms sweep past his belly

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Response to Carpe Diem #1634 Hanamatsuri … the celebration of the birth of Buddha (classical kigo)

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From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue,
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight
Drawn after you, – you pattern of all those.
Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.

© William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

spring relics found
with the last hint of color
in muddied puddles

haiku #1
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memories of you
falling away like blossoms
into the spring snow

haiku #2
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Response to Carpe Diem #1631 A new chapter … leaving the Kumano Kodo