Wednesday Wisdom | 280218

Pink cherry blossoms against a blue sky, with an opaque semi circle with the translated haiku of "What a strange thing! to be alive, beneath cherry blossoms" by Kobayashi Issa

“What a strange thing!

to be alive

beneath cherry blossoms” by Kobayashi Issa

It’s a wonderful, and famous, haiku from Kobayashi Issa. Commonly known as Issa, meaning cup of tea (this man and I are meant to be buddies), he was a poet and Buddhist priest famous for his journals. I’ve realised how I’ve been focusing on English, or European, speaking writers- and I should branch out.

In this Issa is lamenting the fragility of life that cherry blossoms represent to him. If the tree blooms to early then it risks loosing all it’s blossoms, and therefore it’s ability to reproduce, to late winter frosts. If the tree blooms to late then it shortens it’s time for pollination. As humans we can just look on, and hope for the best.

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