Themes :

Spring blossoms — the cherry blossom, plum blossom, peach blossom — suddenly appear on seemingly dead branches, heralds of the coming spring. They represent the delicate, almost unnoticed flowering of enlightenment, the surprisingly quiet recognition of the Buddha-mind. These spring blossoms appear only after the hard, lonely winter of meditation and spiritual practice, yet when they peek forth, their appearance is natural, effortless. Spring blossoms are the new life that emerges from the dead branches of the little self, they simply emerge when the limited ego has passed through its seasons and withered away.

Alternately, spring blossoms can represent the fleeting nature of life. They appear brightly, seemingly out of nothing from bare branches, but all too briefly... then they are gone. They can represent the Buddhist insight that all things are fleeting and change, that everything like the seasons themselves keep changing, where the only thing of value is the cultivation of awareness in order to appreciate this very moment.

Sometimes the sheer beauty of color and perfume Spring flowers express transports us to an awareness of the sacred.

Poems with the theme of Blossom

  In Praise of the Earth
  Abhishiktananda, Swami (Le Saux, Henri) Arunachala is a symbol
  Ammons, A. R. Eyesight
  Ammons, A. R. Hymn
  Anandamurti (Sarkar, Prabhat Ranjan) Oh unknown traveler, you come alone
  Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn In Memory of Those Who Melt the Soul Forever
  Barker, Elsa The Mystic Rose
  Basho, Matsuo Crow's
  Basho, Matsuo The temple bell dies away
  Battacharya, Mahendranath Screening its face amongst lotus stalks
  Beni Raga Ramkali
  Berry, Wendell Sabbaths 1998, VI
  Bitkoff, Stewart Desert Tears
  Broughton, James The Gardener of Eden
  Buson Short nap
  Buson spring rain
  Carpenter, Edward The Lake of Beauty
  Catherine of Siena We were enclosed (from Prayer 20)
  Ching-Yuen, Loy To know Tao
  Chiyo-ni, Fukuda spring rain
  Clare of Assisi When You have loved, You shall be chaste
  Coleridge, Samuel Taylor To Nature
  Dariya Sahib of Bihar Without love there can be no devotion and wisdom (from Love Chapter)
  Dogen, Eihei Wondrous nirvana-mind
  Emre, Yunus Oh disciple of love, open your eyes
  Fox, John Home Equity
  Francis of Assisi The Canticle of Brother Sun
  Galib, Seyh If I say that the skies have opened
  Gascoigne, Dame Catherine One thing alone I crave / Unum sit mihi totum
  Ghalib, Mirza The drop dies in the river
  Ghalib, Mirza The Rose with its redolent petals
  Gibran, Kahlil The Vast Man
  Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von In a Thousand Forms
  Granger, Ivan M. To goslings
  Granger, Ivan M. Fidelity
  Granger, Ivan M. in love with the new sun
  Granger, Ivan M. When the Spring Thaw Comes
  Hafiz Spring and all its flowers
  Hafiz The Garden
  Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Beyond Silence
  Han-shan (Cold Mountain) You have seen the blossoms among the leaves;
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Contemplation
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Full Moon Festival
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Walking Meditation
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Padmapani
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Interrelationship
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Please Call Me by My True Names
  Herbert, George The Flower
  Heschel, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Intimate Hymn
  Hildegard von Bingen O mirum admirandum / Antiphon for Saint Disibod
  Hildegard von Bingen O virga mediatrix / Alleluia-verse for the Virgin
  Holmes, Dick Afternoon in April
  Howe, Marie What the Living Do
  Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu) a well nobody dug filled with no water
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad Bright are Thy tresses, brighten them even more (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad To the Saqi (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Islam, Nazrul Come silently like the Moon
  Islam, Nazrul O Nightingale!
  Islam, Nazrul Song of Dawn
  Islam, Nazrul Talk to me, javas, talk to me
  Issa, Kobayashi now begins
  Issa, Kobayashi spring begins
  Issa, Kobayashi the distant mountain's
  Issa, Kobayashi blown to the big river
  Issa, Kobayashi spring day
  Jacobsen, Rolf Guardian Angel
  Jacobsen, Rolf Moon and Apple
  Jakushitsu Gathering Tea
  Jakushitsu Living in the Mountains
  Jayadeva My heart values his vulgar ways (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jayadeva When he quickens all things (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jayadeva When spring came, tender-limbed Radha wandered (from The Gitagovinda)
  John of the Cross The Fountain
  Kabir Do not go to the garden of flowers!
  Kabir I burst into laughter
  Kabir Tell me, O Swan, your ancient tale
  Kabir The moon shines in my body
  Kabir Within this earthen vessel
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) What mind can possibly approach you
  Kamalakanta The black bee of my mind is drawn in sheer delight
  Kerouac, Jack The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
  Khayyam, Omar [7] Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
  Khayyam, Omar [8] And look -- a thousand Blossoms with the Day
  Khayyam, Omar [26] Oh, come with old Khayyam, and leave the Wise
  Khayyam, Omar [72] Alas, that Spring should vanish with the Rose!
  Ko Un In a Temple's Main Hall
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu I Am All
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu Song of the Beloved (from The Immortal Friend)
  Lalan As the man and the woman in me
  Lalla Just for a moment, flowers appear
  Lalla What is worship? Who are this man
  Lawrence, D. H. And Oh--That The Man I Am Might Cease To Be--
  Lee, Li-Young From Blossoms
  Leon, Luis de The Life Removed
  Levertov, Denise The Fountain
  Li Bai Alone and Drinking Under the Moon
  Li Bai Along the Stream
  Li Bai Clearing at Dawn
  Li Bai Self-Abandonment
  Li Bai The Cold Clear Spring at Nanyang
  Li Bai Visit to the Cold Clear Spring
  Li Bai Visiting a Taoist on Taitien Mountain
  Li Bai You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest
  Lu Tung Pin Sojourning in Ta-yu mountains
  Machado, Antonio I dreamt you took me
  Machado, Antonio Last night, as I was sleeping
  Machado, Antonio Last night, as I was sleeping [Bly]
  Machado, Antonio Proverbs and Songs
  Machado, Antonio Songs
  Maghribi, Muhammad Shirin The Moon of Your Love
  Maharshi, Ramana The Marital Garland of Letters
  Mechthild of Magdeburg Of the voices of the Godhead
  Merton, Thomas Aubade -- The City
  Merton, Thomas Song for Nobody
  Merton, Thomas The Fall
  Merton, Thomas The Sowing of Meanings
  Milarepa Upon this earth, the land of the Victorious Ones
  Mirabai The Beloved Comes Home
  Mistral, Gabriela Song of Death
  Nasimi, Imadeddin I take the Merciful One's shape, the Merciful I am
  Neruda, Pablo Gautama Christ
  Neruda, Pablo Too Many Names
  Nurbakhsh, Javad Desiring You
  Oliver, Colin Here I see no-one
  Oliver, Mary Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?
  Oliver, Mary Spring
  Oliver, Mary Starlings in Winter
  Oliver, Mary The Buddha's Last Instruction
  Oliver, Mary The Ponds
  Oliver, Mary This World
  Oliver, Mary Yes! No!
  Patrul Rinpoche Advice from Me to Myself
  Pope, Alexander What if the foot ordain'd the dust to tread (from An Essay on Man I)
  Porete, Marguerite How Truth Praises Such Souls
  Rahman Baba Sow Flowers
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Conquer Death with the drumbeat Ma! Ma! Ma!
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Kulakundalini, Goddess Full of Brahman, Tara
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Meditate on Kali! Why be anxious?
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Who in this world
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) Why disappear into formless trance?
  Ramsay, Jay After Rumi
  Ramsay, Jay In the Aber Valley
  Reninger, Elizabeth Deer
  Reninger, Elizabeth Deluge
  Rilke, Rainer Maria I believe in all that has never yet been spoken
  Rilke, Rainer Maria O Lacrimosa
  Rilke, Rainer Maria The Second Elegy (from The Duino Elegies)
  Rilke, Rainer Maria We are the driving ones
  Rosenstock, Gabriel Spring With a Thousand ClichĂ©s
  Rosenstock, Gabriel (1) You are in me (from Year of the Goddess)
  Rosenstock, Gabriel (4) A daisy picked (from Year of the Goddess)
  Rosenstock, Gabriel (13) Spring Showers (from Year of the Goddess)
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin come
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin I smile like a flower not only with my lips
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin look at love
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin The real work belongs to someone who desires God
  Ryokan At Yahiko Mountain
  Ryokan First days of spring -- the sky
  Ryokan I must go there today
  Ryokan I sat facing you for hours but you didn't speak
  Ryokan Reply to a Friend
  Ryokan The Lotus
  Ryokan The plants and flowers
  Ryokan The winds have died, but flowers go on falling
  Sanai, Hakim Bloom Like a Rose
  Sanai, Hakim The Wild Rose of Praise
  Sanai, Hakim Then through that dim murkiness
  Saraha The Royal Song of Saraha (Dohakosa)
  Sarmad He and I are one
  Sarmad My heart searched for your fragrance
  Shabkar (Rangdrol, Shabkar Tsogdruk) A Song by a Yogi in Solitude
  Shih Shu against the gently flowing spring morning
  Shih Shu mountain sounds carry a chill wisdom
  Shih Shu "nothing to do; nothing to lose"
  Shikibu, Izumi I cannot say
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) It's something no on can force
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) Most of the time I smile
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) Paper windows bamboo walls hedge of hibiscus
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) This body's lifetime is like a bubble's
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) To glorify the Way what should people turn to
  silent lotus Feel the Peace
  Silesius, Angelus Thou needst not cry to God
  Sinan, Ummi The Rose
  Solovyov, Vladimir Three Meetings
  Soseki, Muso Hui-neng's Pond
  Soseki, Muso Snow Garden
  Soseki, Natsume Plum flower temple
  Sun Buer Cut brambles long enough
  Surdas Krishna Awakes
  Symeon the New Theologian The Light of Your Way
  Szymborska, Wislawa I'm Working on the World
  Szymborska, Wislawa Nothing Twice
  Szymborska, Wislawa Possibilities
  Szymborska, Wislawa The Camel
  T'ao Ch'ien After Liu Ch'ai-Sang's Poem
  Tagore, Rabindranath He's there among the scented trees (from The Lover of God)
  Tagore, Rabindranath On many an idle day have I grieved over lost time (from Gitanjali)
  Tagore, Rabindranath Who are You, who keeps my heart awake? (from The Lover of God)
  Tagore, Rabindranath Your flute plays the exact notes of my pain. (from The Lover of God)
  Tagore, Rabindranath (75) Thy gifts to us mortals fulfil all our needs (from Gitanjali)
  Takahashi, Shinkichi Gods
  Teasdale, Sara Two Songs for Solitude
  Tennyson, Alfred Flower in the crannied wall
  Tennyson, Alfred If thou would'st hear the Nameless (from The Ancient Sage)
  Therese of Lisieux The Divine Dew
  Thompson, Francis The Hound of Heaven
  Tilopa Song of the Mahamudra (Tilopa's Song to Naropa)
  Tolkien, J. R. R. Elbereth
  Tolkien, J. R. R. I sit beside the fire and think
  Tolkien, J. R. R. Sam's Song of Strength
  Tolkien, J. R. R. The Song of Beren and LĂșthien
  Tolkien, J. R. R. Upon the hearth the fire is red
  Traherne, Thomas Love
  Traherne, Thomas The Vision
  Trungpa, Chogyam A flower is always happy
  Trungpa, Chogyam A Heart Lost and Discovered
  Tu Fu Spring Passing
  Tukaram I have found the sea
  Tung-Shan (Tozan) Verses on the Five Ranks
  Ungar, Lynn Camas Lillies
  Ungar, Lynn Passover
  Valad, Sultan The Soul That Does not Live in God is not Alive
  Vaughan, Henry The Morning Watch
  Vaughan, Henry Vanity of Spirit
  Vidyapati As the mirror to my hand
  Walters, Dorothy Don't Make Lists
  Walters, Dorothy Still Life
  Walters, Dorothy Whoever Went In
  Wei, Wang Living in the Mountain on an Autumn Night
  Wei, Wang Stone Gate Temple in the Blue Field Mountains
  Whitman, Walt Pioneers! O Pioneers!
  Wordsworth, William "To every Form of being is assigned," (from The Excursion, Book 9)
  Wright, Richard An apple blossom
  Wright, Richard Did somebody call?
  Wu Men Hui-k'ai Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn