Cherry Blossom Poetry Celebration

Third Grade Cherry Blossom Poetry Festival

In Washington D.C. they are celebrating the National Cherry Blossom Festival, called the Sakura Festival.

Here at home, there is a fantastic Japanese cherry tree right outside the third and fourth grade classrooms at my son’s Waldorf school. It’s magnificent.

Third Grade Cherry Blossom Poetry Festival

Mrs. M, the Eurhythmy teacher, was inspired to have a little cherry blossom  poetry festival with our third grade to celebrate spring. On Friday, the last day of school before spring break, the third graders wrote poems about springtime and cherry trees and hung their poems in the cherry tree.

Third Grade Cherry Blossom Poetry Festival

Cherry blossoms feature heavily in Japanese poetry. The blossoms, sakura, symbolize the beginning of spring, purity, and also a kind of melancholy, for like the blossoms, life is short and beautiful.

Third Grade Cherry Blossom Poetry Festival

The people of Japan have been on all our minds and in our prayers lately, although I’m not sure how aware the third graders are of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It’s hard to think about it. One tourism website I looked at had this to say: “This year’s cherry blossom season will be overshadowed by the tremendous loss caused by the recent earthquake. However, we believe that the blossoms will serve as symbols of hope and resilience and a source of motivation along Japan’s road to recovery.” 

Third Grade Cherry Blossom Poetry Festival

There’s no doubt that these blossoms are exquisite and ephemeral.

Third Grade Cherry Blossom Poetry Festival

Life is such a sweet mixture of joys and pains, celebrations and disappointments, and even exultation and tragedy.

Third Grade Cherry Blossom Poetry Festival

Sometimes it hurts to live life fully; to do so means opening ourselves up to all the beauty and pain around us. It hurts to be human. It is a joy to be human.

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12 Responses to “Cherry Blossom Poetry Celebration”

  • Susan E
    April 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    What a beautiful post! I am a teacher in Massachusetts. We have a Chinese Poetry program at our school and today our poet talked about the cherry blossoms and the fleeting beauty and that we all need to stop and appreciate the beauty around us.


    • Sara
      April 29, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Hi Susan, thank you for reading and for your comment. Your program sounds wonderful, and the poet is spot on, I think. Things change so quickly and we cannot prevent it, but we can try to savor every moment of loveliness and let it live on in our hearts. Blessings to you and your students.


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    I wish I could read some of the poems the children wrote. I am sure they were from their heart.


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