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