A Haiku - Tidal Basin Remembered
A right of spring....
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.
The Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms....
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
The Tidal Basin's Jefferson Memorial
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