A lovely prompt to write a haiku about cherry blossoms in our mother tongue with the English translation. English is my mother tongue, so I have translated in French which is my second language and “the” language of my province. Here is my troiku about cherry blossoms.
cherry blossoms majestic and generous shade lovers kissing
love is in the air
majestic and generous
silken petals fall
shade lovers kissing
a love story
fleurs de cerisier des amants s’embrassent sous l’arbre imposantes et généreux
fleurs de cerisier
un aire d’amour
des amants s’embrassent sous l’arbre
une histoire d’amour
imposantes et généreuses
corolles soyeuses déversent
une cascade rosée
I often write about the cherry blossoms at Stanley Park in Vancouver. My first trip there, I met a lovely Japanese couple at the airport on my arrival. It was early April, and they encouraged me to visit Stanley Park, proudly telling me how the Japanese government has donated many cherry trees to Vancouver. I’m so glad they told me and was so enthralled by the beauty of a park situated by the Pacific Ocean, bursting with pale pink flowers throughout the park.
I learned later that High Park in Toronto has many cherry trees. “How could I have missed that?” I scold myself, having lived so close to that park for thirteen years. It was only when I moved back to Montreal did I hear of these cherry trees.