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The Cherry Blossoms Will Bloom Again

The power of nature has ravaged the Japanese shore,
Leaving in its wake devastation and unimaginable gore.
The mettle of this gentle people has been tested, it is true,
But next spring, they know that cherry blossoms will bloom anew!

Alas, whole villages along that rugged coast were torn asunder,
As the raging tsunami raced inland gobbling up its plunder.
When all hope was lost and they thought they'd surely meet their doom,
They were cheered knowing that cherry blossoms once again would bloom!

This stalwart people who'd suffered the ravages of falling shell and bomb
Dropped from silver birds, faced another holocaust with great aplomb.
With little but hope they vowed to rebuild their lives ever keeping in view,
The cherry blossoms that would bloom come next spring with dainty hue!

Alas, the 'quake leveled schools, ancient temples and magnificent torii,
But this patient people will restore them once again to their former glory!
They will persevere again and again as surely as the rising sun at dawn,
To enjoy another season of delicate cherry blossoms 'til their scent is gone!

The brotherhood of nations rallied as one to provide succor with speed.
It was neighbor helping neighbor in keeping with the Master's creed!
Even though the nation was rocked with misery, shock and searing pain,
Out of the depths of disaster the cherry blossoms will bloom once again!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Placed No. 8 in Deb Guzzi's "Tribute To Japan" Contest - May 2011

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  1. Date: 6/22/2011 8:17:00 PM
    A beautiful tribute to a terrible disaster.

  1. Date: 5/25/2011 7:54:00 PM
    Congrats, Sarge. Excellent write. Nice going. Ralphie.

  1. Date: 5/22/2011 8:29:00 PM
    This is the most beautiful tribute...including everything and how they stood with courage what I loved most is how you incorporated the " cherry blossoms"...and differently as a refrain in every stanza.Congrats Robert for this finest of compositions..I am so happy to begin my day reading this poem...

  1. Date: 5/21/2011 12:33:00 AM
    Many Congrats Robert on big coveted win in Debbie's contest. Luv & best wishes - Hitendra Mehta

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 10:16:00 PM
    Great rhyming of an historical event, as only you can do, Robert. Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 9:28:00 AM
    Very nicely penned. The Japanese are a very resilient people, and they will surely overcome these terrible setbacks. Congratulations on your contest placing!

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 9:15:00 AM
    Many congrats on your deserved win!

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 9:04:00 AM
    Dear Robt., While reading YOUR poetry to lil Sunny, he up and croaked!!! ha ha ha. I feel so honored that you value my opinion on your work. It is unique and with the angle of one who served our fine country...neat to hear that your Japan Tribute had your residential touch since u lived there for a while! Cherry blossoms are "in" -that's what my teens say! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 3:36:00 AM
    Congrats to you on your win x

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 9:34:00 PM
    Good luck Bob, i think you pinned this one rather well.. very outstanding.. and touching... the flow and will power are awesome,,, good luck in the contest,..pd.

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 8:50:00 PM
    This is indeed a beauty Bob. Many congrats.

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 7:14:00 PM
    Hi Robert, The mighty cherry blossoms are a true symbol of national strength in this gorgeous write despite their dainty hues.... The silver birds that dropped shell and bomb are also great images of creativity...neighbors helping neighbors keeping with the Master's creed. Such a great entry for this contest. Much enjoyed as I even read this out loud..(Sunny, my pup, thinks I've gone a lil crazy!) ha ha Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 2:05:00 PM
    Bob your cherry blossoms in this piece and your creativity shall ever bloom as u are truly a master of poetry especially rhyme fav.. appreciate your sweet words for my Royal and Ezzelle dedication poem.. they are ecstatic..

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 12:41:00 PM
    congrats on your finely penned win. cory

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 12:37:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Debbie Guzzi's contest Bob. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 11:12:00 AM
    yes congrats bob, nice going, this was a great piece you wrote. love those Cherry Blossom Trees i have seen pictures of them over there and they will bloom again. thank you for reading and commenting on Grinnell Remembered.

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 10:06:00 AM
    Congrats Bob :) I really like how your repeating line here-- I can just picture those cherry blossom trees giving so much hope to the Japanese :) Way to go for your win :)

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 6:01:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win in the contest of debbie, Bob

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 5:27:00 AM
    Congrats Bob on your great win in the Japan contest.. excellent as always luv..enjoy..

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 11:05:00 PM
    This is a great and hopeful write, Robert! Yes, tragedies are hard to bear, but the tenacity of humanity is strongly brought to the surface from such events and the cherry blossoms will sure grow again in Japan. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Caroline.