Cherry Blossoms

When I first moved to this city

no one told me the cherry blossoms

bloom in the spring


Before I left home

someone told me the flower

that blooms in adversity is the most rare

and beautiful of all

and they referred to the cherry blossom


In that way I am like the cherry blossom

but my adversity came after the frigid winter


In many ways I am not like the cherry blossom

I do not float with the wind

or let my petals fall easily


It is spring now

and the cherry blossoms are blooming

I spend my days walking among them

growing dizzy with the smell

hoping that by walking

I’ll gain the strength

to be more like them

able to fall

and float

and bloom


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