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“Ever since my childhood, I have always been fascinated by the cherry blossoms, whether in Vietnam, my native land, or in France, where I live and work, or elsewhere. On a beautiful early spring day, in a park in the center of Paris, among the crowds, noise and cherry trees, I paused to contemplate that hanami spectacle at the indifference of passersby.

An old femal beggar came close to me and started a conversation. And I realized that in her very incoherent speech on all matters of the world, she explained to me in great detail every variety of cherry trees that she knew…

All at once I composed this modest haiku in tribute to that special moment of our exchange:

alzheimer —

she hasn’t forgotten

the cherry blossoms “

Minh-Triết Phạm

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational 2013