April 4, 2011

A Tribute to Japan... "Hanami" - Cherry Blossom Viewing

The hue of the cherry
fades too quickly from sight
all for nothing
this body of mine grows old--
spring rain ceaselessly falling.
- Ono no Komachi

This gathered cherry branch can scarce convey
A fancy of the blossom-laden tree:
Blooming in sunlight, could I view it there
Thoughts of its beauty would drive sleep away.
-Emperor Shomu

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