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Below is the poem entitled Yamazakura which was written by poet Chris D. Aechtner. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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cherry blossoms
swirl through the streets
like ghosts -

replacing the men
who have left for war

*Yamazakura means 'wild cherry blossom'.
During WWII, the first Japanese Kamikaze unit was given the title of: Yamazakura,
to honour the last two official Samurai warriors who were part of the unit.
Falling cherry blossoms were believed to bring good luck to the courtships
of teenagers left behind, in hopes of many future male babies,
because the Emperor had conscripted all available men into the doomed war.
The Samurai 'Petals of Death' Bushido code, is: Death before the shame of surrender.

Chris D. Aechtner     February 24th, 2012
Inspired by David Williams' "Twenty/Twenty" contest

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  1. Date: 3/18/2012 8:30:00 AM
    The image iin thispoem is especiallymoving to me, having spent my youth in Japan soon after the war. I remember all the umarried women who had to work to support themselves, and then their parents since there were not enough men.

  1. Date: 3/5/2012 6:31:00 AM
    Congrats on your win! Thanks for the footnote and the pica are a nice touch. Blessings,Rhonda

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 10:43:00 AM
    I knew this should be a top winner, super yay for your 1st place win, here Chris! Oh btw, I read your first comments to mine and as I read it, I could definitely see how you thought that, yeah, one can remove the title and it would be very apt...and eek. Noo. I don't think I can comment on all the winners, I am going to be a meanie o_O

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 7:31:00 AM
    Congrats, Chris. Awesome, well deserved win. Very interesting. Nice going. Thanks for you kind words. Have a great weekend. Ralph

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 11:30:00 PM
    chris, a very well deserved win for you. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 10:43:00 PM
    Congratulations, Chris. :) I'm adding this one to my favs...

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 7:49:00 PM
    CHRIS... CONGRATULATIONS ..ON YOUR WONDERFUL WIN~ Have yourself a very nice night ;-)*always..pd

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 5:37:00 PM
    Great work..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 4:02:00 PM
    Chris, this is haunting in a good way. Well done. Congrats on winning David's contest.....................S.Ronthorpe

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 2:36:00 PM
    Amazing poem, amazing can a beautiful thing like 'cherry blossom' have such horrendous indications? Isn't it ironic how mankind twists and turns our world inside out? Excellent job, Chris

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 1:09:00 PM
    A priceless piece, congrats. Christ, on your well deserved win,love,vie

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 12:03:00 PM
    Absolutely! No doubts about it! This is a Number one! Congratulations on your awesome win, Chris!! Well deserved. Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 10:54:00 AM
    A diffinite #1 and a kind and generous man's write. Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 9:45:00 AM
    a fav, chris... you are in your element!.. sweet congrats!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 9:10:00 AM
    wow a fantastic presentation and visual paradise Chris.. major congrats on big win luv..

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 7:50:00 AM
    i like this poem even without the explanation. it's very poignant!

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 6:36:00 AM
    Beautiful poem, especially with the restrictions. What a shame that these young men, many of whom were forced by the fear of dishonor to sacrifice themselves had to die. What a shame young Americans had to die as a result. Same as suicide terrorists today.

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 6:17:00 AM
    A thought provoking write here Chris.Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 5:39:00 AM
    Strong one congratulations Chris xx

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 5:29:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in David William's "Twenty/Twenty" contest Chris. Love, Carol