Exquisite Transience

dverse Haibun Monday #10: Hanami with Kanzen Sakura (Toni Spencer)

“How many many things
they call to mind –
these cherry blossoms.”   (Basho)

Cherry blossoms, fragile beauty in a cloud of palest pink, fall one by one and then in a flurry like a spring snow. Exquisite transience, though who could bear to live forever in that ecstasy of splendor? Mortals were not made to contain such extravagance. We live in moments of fulfillment like: the joy of childbirth, the first flame of passion, a child’s wedding, and a soldier’s homecoming. Otherwise we’d burn to a cinder of fallen star.

 Sakura blossoms
ephemeral elegance
all we can endure



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17 responses to “Exquisite Transience

  1. I love this: “Mortals were not made to contain such extravagance” Very nicely written.

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  2. We are so conditioned that it is, indeed difficult for us to contain such extravagant beauty for extended periods.

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  3. Every once in a while, I read something and think, “I wish I would have written that!” This is one of those times. So incredibly beautiful! Even the brevity of your piece worked for the idea of beauty being brief so that we can endure it.


  4. Life is much akin to these short lived blossoms. While we exist, our beauty should be celebrated. Love this, Debi!

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  5. I love your reference to the spring snow, and ephemeral elegance ~

    An amazing share Debi ~ Thanks for joining us ~


  6. Indeed, we would be burned to a cinder from all the feelings and beauty.Such things should be brief for it is truly all we can endure. A truly amazing share. The haiku is stunning. Thank you for writing to the prompt and for linking it.


  7. Debi, this is so wise and true. And thank God for those moments that give us hope for something more.


  8. Yes, I do think we live in moments! And when we find fulfillment in the moments, really what more can we ask!

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  9. I love the ‘transionistness of this piece, especially the image of the snowflakes in a flurry.

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  10. This exploration of high-points and their quick lived joy is summed up beautifully in your closing haiku. Lovely writing, Debi.

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  11. Wow! Otherwise we’d burn to a cinder of fallen star.

    Sakura blossoms
    ephemeral elegance
    all we can endure

    I love this–so aptly put!


  12. SMiLes..
    iF theRe
    iS more art
    iN NatUre Now
    aS creaTiViTy..
    aS hUman WilL
    makE.. iT iS reaL
    and NoW
    eYes.. wE..

    NatUre’s eYes
    aS US..:)

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