Carpe Diem #147, Hatsu hana (first cherry blossom)

Today’s Carpe Diem Haiku prompt is Hatsu hana (first cherry blossom).

OK, so the image below isn’t a cherry blossom but Hatsu hana is a spring kigo, so I thought I’d give you an Australian version.

The Jacaranda trees burst into vibrant bloom in September, heralding the start of our spring. Their falling blossoms carpeting the streets in purple carpets. It is also the time of year for final exams, so many a student cringes at these sights. Oh yes, perhaps appropriately for Australia, the Jacaranda isn’t a native. It’s from immigrant stock, like most of us…with deference to the traditional custodians of these lands.


Jacaranda Image Credits

a purple parade
spring’s royal regalia
our common wealth

~ | ~

Jacaranda blooms
students bow their heads in awe
exam hall beckons

~ | ~

the bushman ponders
gazing at Jacaranda
from the verandah

Finally, it was sitting with a glass of red wine pondering a Jacaranda tree one evening that started my Haiku Journey. This is a verse from then to mark the occasion.

From Jacaranda
The call to Haiku blossoms

Purple propelled prose

And so my friends I leave you in a purple haze. If you’ve enjoyed JRB’s experience, do please leave me a note from along your watch tower.

Smiles, love and laughter

© John Belchamber 2013


About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of and other bits and other bobs.
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28 Responses to Carpe Diem #147, Hatsu hana (first cherry blossom)

  1. WabiSabi says:

    What an unusual tree. The color looks almost surreal in the photo! Thanks for sharing this in your gently humorous way! I am feeling a bit Jimi Hendrix for some reason!


  2. artmusedog says:

    Very well penned haiku and love the one that motivated you to write haiku to begin with ~ you write excellent haiku ~ Beautiful photo ~ dreaming of jarcanda purple trees ^_^


  3. What a lovely image – the exam halls beckoning. Nature blooming indeed has an effect upon us. Cheers! 🙂


    • jrbsays says:

      Thank you Anders. Whilst I didn’t school here in Aus’, I know plenty of people my age who still get a twinge of those nerves when the world turns purple 🙂


  4. Oh yes I like it
    A beautiful story tucked in the leaves of a book or a Jacaranda 🙂


  5. aloha JRB – fun to bring the Australian spring into blossom. i’ve wanted to bonsai a Jacaranda for a long time. i’m not sure if they are available here, hawaii is very strict about what is brought in now. still… your purple spring ku are way appropriate (imo). fun and fun on. aloha..


    • jrbsays says:

      Thank you for your kind comments.
      I have a feeling our indigenous population would prefer the Jacaranda didn’t come to Australia too 🙂


      • in this case the government and the indigenous population seem to be holding the same end of the stick. that is not always the case but it seems to be in this case. with that i think the process will slow down but in truth everything here came from someplace else. it probably arrives at a slower rate without human beings involved. life. it is what it is. still a great subject for ku, imo. aloha.


  6. JazzBumpa says:

    immigrant trees
    inspire words and music
    as they kiss the sky



  7. Green Speck says:

    A wonderful story of Jacaranda 😀


  8. kz says:

    Purple propelled prose
 — that’s excellent ^^
    loved the purple haze!


  9. I think I like the neon purple of your jacaranda….looks like it glows in the dark…and it is the royal color ( and for lenten-wear for priests)…


  10. Oh Jacaranda are so beautiful. I have a friend who lived in South Africa for a while and Jacaranda was very big ther also.


  11. that call must have been a strong one! it left you quite inspired for today, as always!


  12. Thank you so much for sharing your Jacaranda. Such beautiful deep purple! Adore your haiku Aussie style 🙂


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