cherry blossoms

My pal Lizzy Danger writes poetry and inspires others to do the same at her blog, A Series of Thoughts. Steady readers may recall that Lizzy inspired me to write a little poem about my grandmother's funeral (you can find it here). 

Lizzy recently put out the call again and I said I was game. Then she suggested that we both write a poem with the same line, "the cherry blossoms grew with pride," and see what happens.

Here is Lizzy's poem.
The sun rises on a new day
Peace is felt throughout
The beauty is astounding
and the elegance takes your breath away
You have been waiting for this moment,
for their grace,
their delicate charm,
their polished artistry.
The cherry blossoms grew with pride
Unaware of all they represented
The arrival of Spring
A glorious new day has arrived.
An untouched journey begins

And here is mine.
I drove in the dark
You and your friends
Up the escalator summit
Coming out in the bright morning sun
The day the cherry blossoms grew with pride
Pride evident everywhere
Throngs of happy people
Signs bearing witness
“I’m a lesbian too”
“I love my gay son”
And when we reached “God hates fags”
You said, kiss me
Kiss me.


  1. I realized why reading this, that this is the first time my poetry has been on someone else's blog! VERY EXCITING! thanks woman! xoxo

  2. gentle readers, how can you not love a poet named Lizzy Danger who lives in Medicine Hat, Alberta? go read her poetry.

  3. I truly wish I knew more about poetry. I'm really lacking in this department and have so much to learn. Where to begin????

  4. hey Memoirista, do you need help with reading poetry or writing it?

    if reading, try this, a wonderful anthology that contains some of my very favorite poems:


    i got that book in college for a class and i still refer to it, reading and re-reading.

    if you need inspiration to write, ask me or LizzyDanger for a line, or find your own. it's fun to try writing, springing off a line or a few words that bring something to you. a challenge. Lizzy's cherry blossom line instantly evoked a time and place for me that i was able to describe.

    thank you for stopping in at the RS!

  5. "And when we reached “God hates fags”
    You said, kiss me
    Kiss me."
    I love how these lines bring me down, then up again.

  6. aw. yes, exactly. kiss to you!

  7. ewww, god hates fags, i hate that sign!! *definitely* in on the kiss me kiss me!!! LOVE the way you captured that moment, on birds' wings; so light, decidedly!

  8. thank you for visiting! and thank you.


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