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“The Tale of Genji or , Genji Monogatari in Japanese is a very famous book written by a noblewoman and lady-in-waiting called Murasaki Shikibu during the Heian period (794 to 1185). Every Japanese person has read at least a part of this book and studied it at some point in their lives but it’s also been recognised as a valuable and significant piece of literature in the West and it’s often included on the reading list for Japanese studies at universities overseas. is very precious and we need to appreciate our short time on this beautiful Earth. Cherry blossoms are a fleeting joy and many of the themes throughout The Tale of Genji are an example of this bittersweet impermanence. This reflection on passing whims and placing value on what is really important to us certainly gives you pause for thought.”

Renae Lucas-Hall


(sakurabito), an old word that became popular in the 11th century to describe people who love cherry blossoms, 


hanami  -(cherry blossom viewing party)


Hikikomori -socially reclusive individuals


Fragrance of Spring fills the being
brings to mind Washington DC 
In  April’s early petal lane days- a confetti carpet 
beneath dark boughs, all the why’s and how’s,
ballerinas in pink tulle, dancing, fading
like imagination until next year at this time.

Am I more Sakurobito than Genji - Who can be?

Haikus, Hanami replace Hikikomori
Forget sadness and life’s transience
Share fleeting joy among the swaying Sakura
Remember, remember, remember 
the flowering branches and blue sky
recur and recur.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 8/8/2019 10:36:00 AM
Lovely work Suz, makes me want to visit D.C. in Spring next year.
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Date: 7/11/2019 9:38:00 AM
It seems exercise is a good thing. Perhaps I should get up from my metaphorical arm chair and try some excercises.
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Date: 5/18/2019 12:53:00 PM
A history letter, and a "miss-tery" lesson all together in an exotic, thinking poem that makes me want to get out some history books and mythology books, and definitely some Japanese books. Thank you my friend. This one is a WOW!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 5/18/2019 2:20:00 PM
Thanks Caren: So happy you enjoyed it. I am torn between being inside with paints and books and outside with birds, trees and flowers. Sending smiles, SuZ
Date: 5/15/2019 6:26:00 PM
The message of your poem is as delightful as the cheery blossoms..kudos for this cultural insight you offered in your poem..truly blissful sentiments SuZ..well written, poem.
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 5/15/2019 9:05:00 PM
Hi Vijay: Thanks for stopping by and for your kind support always. I learned something writing this. SuZ
Date: 5/15/2019 10:43:00 AM
You put a lot of thought into this. I very much enjoyed. Thanks for your visit.
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 5/15/2019 9:03:00 PM
Hi Richard: I wrote this to a writing exercise in Wingbeats 11. There were 14 prompts to write a line for each prompt. It did take a while but when my Muse goes off and leaves me I sometimes resort to poetry exercises. Thanks for visiting.