“Find something you love, and write a poem to celebrate it.” X.J. Kennedy
Usually at this time of year, the apple trees in my yard are loaded with blossoms. This picture was taken in 2010:
Because of the cold weather this spring and damage to the trees during Hurricane Sandy, they are still bare.
I love these apple trees and the masses of blossoms they produce each year. We don’t harvest the apples; they’re small and bitter. The neighborhood deer, however, have quite a feast in October! I look forward each year to their beauty and promise. I’m waiting patiently for them to bloom, but in the meantime, I followed Kennedy’s advice and wrote a tanka to celebrate something I love.
soft rosy petals
cover tree branches like snow
dance in a soft gentle breeze
delicious promise of fruit
© Catherine Flynn, 2013
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