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Day 1: Tupelo Press 30/30 Poetry Project ( National Poetry Month)

Sakura, Sakura, Cherry Blossom 

I was waiting for the railway crossing. On the radio,
guitarists played an old Japanese folk song
that was an early spring surprise. When I closed
my eyes, I could see cherry blossoms at Tokugawa Park.
They were budding for a long time, and then
suddenly gray-pink petals fell
and yellow stamens covered the streets.
I picked up the blossoms and pressed them
in telephone books before rain-drops ruined
these now transparent beautiful
existences, and I always handed the best to my mother.
I do not remember when I walked through
the tree-lined road last time. I forgot
the lyric................The car behind me honked.
A couple of snowflakes landed on the windshield.

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Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University South Bend. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Other short collections, “Silver Seasons of Heartache” and “Cochlea”, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in May, 2017. Currently she is working on her graphic poetry co…