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Washington DC's Cherry Blossoms Celebrated with Haiku

Posted: Apr. 24th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
DC cherry blossoms
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The spring celebration of the arrival of cherry blossoms is originated in Japan, and to embrace that culture, citizens of Washington D.C. have written a beautiful selection of haiku poems.

The cherry blossoms are finally in bloom in Washington, D.C., and what better way to celebrate these beautiful Japanese gifts than with a haiku? Our callout on Facebook and Twitter yielded hundreds of spring haiku submissions. With the help of Ellen Compton, Roberta Beary and Kristen Deming of the Haiku Society of America, we selected 20 and made videos inspired by the top three.

streetlamps in the haze ...

this morning the stone lions

catch cherry blossoms

— Judy Totts

cherry blossom rain

sound of a love song passes

with the traffic

— Dawn Apanius

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