#Haibun: Osozakura (late bloom)


In our youth we are invincible; we don’t see time as ephemeral moments. Rather, summer feels like forever as we bask in hot sun and dance in pale moonlight with nary a thought of tomorrow. Yet, before we know it we turn around and the decades are falling away. Like colorful swirling leaves on a brisk autumn day, we get caught up in the demands of life. The need to make a living to put food on the table; the quest for success in our careers; the desire to have it all.
Then comes the harsh reality in the winter of our lives, and we ponder how we wasted so much time. Each spring becomes more precious for we realize it may be our last.

shattering pink dreams
winds of time blowing, blooming-
late cherry blossoms

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Haibun Monday

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years and their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

25 Comments on “#Haibun: Osozakura (late bloom)

  1. So true, every line and word. The haiku made me tear up, especially with the final line. It’s amazing and poignant at the same time. Beautiful work.

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  2. I love your haiku, which really encapsulates the mood of the prose. It’s so true that in youth we feel we have forever to live, then all of a sudden the rug is pulled out from underneath us. Best to rejoice in every day if we can!

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  3. Linda, you are so right about our invincible youth and the summers that seem to last forever! And yes, each spring does become more precious. I love your haiku!

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  4. So much truth here, and your haiku is especially beautiful. Somewhere in one of my poems I’ve said “what in youth we take for granted, in old age we have time to savor” Our plentiful years make us appreciate all the more the beauty of nature.

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  5. Lovely Haibun! I thought about writing something about the seasons of life, but ended up with something very much spring’s first flush. You however have written something very true and poignant! It also reminded me of a conversation with one of my kids the other day that ended with me saying something along the lines of – I know you think you are immortal, but if you or your friends fall from that height into the asphalt below, that might me the last thing you ever do.

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  6. Touching sobering words Linda, beautiful in their truth. What we know to be pointedly profound in our late life, sounded like passing colloquialism in our youth. Time is a harsh teacher. Beautiful photo!

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