A Haiku - Tidal Basin Remembered

A right of spring....

The mind's eye sees them still.
The mind's eye sees them still. | Source

Memory's blossoms....

Almost chopped-down trees

A daylight raid on nature

Glory has prevailed

December 7, 1941 stirred such anger in the American people, that it even extended to the beautiful cherry trees which blossom each spring around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.

Had Japan's "sneak attack" on America's military in Hawaii on that day not been made in wintertime, there is a good chance that in season the fragile, flowering blossoms on those trees could have presented such a contrast to Japan's new "gifts" of bombs, torpedoes, and bullets, that the trees might well have been chopped down.

There was talk of chopping down the trees (which had been given to America as a gift from the Japanese people in 1912) as a demonstration of the American anger. It would have been an understandable reaction, but cooler heads prevailed.

Just as the winter trees held only the promise of the pleasanter days and the relationships we now enjoy with the Japanese people. So also the flowering trees, blossoming in all their glory, give testimony to the renewal of nature, and friendship, when care is provided.

Hasty actions can lead to horrible consequences. Given time, nature and wisdom can prevail at each new springtime of life.

© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Thank you for providing context for this piece--lovely write

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great Hakiu poem.

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Liza Beth1 5 years ago from New England

Thought provoking and relevant..More important lovely, and moving. Thank you.

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Thanks for this reminder of history. I enjoyed your haiku.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for sharing. It truly would have been a shame not to mention a complete disaster in chopping down those wonderful cherry trees in the heat of anger.

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Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Perspycacious

A beautiful haiku. It would have been a shame if they did cut down the cherry trees. Their blossoms can remind us of the beauty that is in the world but we have to take care and cultivate it with love and forgiveness.

Voted up and away.

Have a good day.

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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Thank you for explaining the above...beautiful indeed!

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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

Excellent! I enjoyed the little history lesson as well.Vote up!

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Perspycacious 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Attempting a Haiku is like trying to boil down a dictionary definition into 17 syllables that illustrate that definition. You have each been so kind, and if I have given something in return it is inadequate compensation for what you have shared with me by reading and commenting.

By the way, be watching for an unusual and beautiful American postage stamp celebrating the Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms in March 2012.

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PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

Hi Perspycacious,

I really enjoyed this hub, and I saw the trees in full bloom, and they were beautiful. I voted awesome.

Have a great day.


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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Good evening. I am so glad you wrote this a great reminder of what happened. I did not know about the trees so glad you wrote this.

Bless you for writing it and the poem is awesome..


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