Lockdown Diaries: Day 42 (Cherry Blossom Viewing)

Locked Down in London, Day 42: Olympics in Quarantine

The Two-Tailed Dog Party in Hungary (I did hesitate whether I should be naming political parties here but the name add spice to the story!) is going to run a quarantine olympics this month – events include:

  • Speed Disinfecting
  • Indoor Gazing Into the Distance
  • Synchronised Couch Movement
  • Pancake Making Commentary
  • Toilet-roll Tower Building

Virtual Escape: Cherry Blossom Viewing

I don’t know about you but where I’m sitting, it’s raining cats & dogs and you can’t stir out without getting soaked to skin, with or without a mac. So we need a double escape here, one from this extremely tiresome quarantine and the other from this extremely tiresome weather…

This is the time of the cherry blossom and the Japanese loved to view them for centuries. So today, we’re going to go cherry blossom viewing… with a 17th century poet, the master of haiku, Matsuo Basho!

Cherry Blossoms

cherry blossom viewing –
admirable it is to walk
ten or twelve miles a day

with the sun darkening,
on the blossoms, it is lonely –
a false cypress

with a fan
drinking sake in the shadows –
falling cherry blossoms

(Knapsack Notebook by Matsuo Basho)


Further reading / You might also like:Karantén olimpia 2020 (in case you want to participate) :)
⇒ Matsuo BashoFour Seasons in Japan - with Matsuo BashoThe Dark Side of Life (in Nine Haikus)The Master of Cold Mountain
Keep safe, keep sane – view some virtual cherry blossoms!

3 thoughts on “Lockdown Diaries: Day 42 (Cherry Blossom Viewing)

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