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in a cherry blossom’s shade, there’s no such thing as a stranger…

Image of cherry blossoms and poem "Spring Song" by Lucy Maud

Kobayashi Issa’s poem “In a cherry blossom’s shade” invites us to pause and appreciate the beauty of connection and gratitude found beneath the delicate petals of a cherry blossom tree. As spring unfolds and the cherry blossoms bloom, we are reminded of the interconnectedness of all living beings.

The cherry blossom tree, with its fleeting beauty and ephemeral nature, serves as a powerful symbol of gratitude and unity. In the shade of its blossoms, there is no room for division or separation; instead, we find a sense of belonging and harmony with the world around us.

Issa’s words remind us that in the presence of nature’s wonders, we are all united by a shared sense of wonder and gratitude. Whether we are gazing up at the blossoms in awe or simply enjoying the peaceful atmosphere they create, we are reminded of the precious gift of life and the beauty that surrounds us.

So let us take a moment to bask in the beauty of the cherry blossoms, and to express gratitude for the connections that bind us together in this world.