Hold a blossom in your hand.
You will see it fade from the moment it is plucked from the tree.
Time sets a course from its birth.
Slowly spinning away from the very moment it has embraced.
The cherry blossom is a pink sunset.
It is the excitement of the new day
and splendor a fading one
both caught between the past and the present.
Week 16. Impermanence
Cherry blossoms seem to be in full bloom all over right about now, the peak of which is only this time of year. Cherry blossoms are surely stunning to look at but it is the fading quality of these trees that captures my attention. Knowing that but once a year these elegant trees are in full bloom reminds me that all things rise and fall, peak and plateau. The life of any tree has periods when it is strong and lush and periods when it is bare and receding. It seems as though so much of our mental state has to do with how we come to terms with this process of change.