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waiting for the blossoms (haiku by Marco Fraticelli)

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I spend most of the winter hoping for signs of spring. These are few and far between in Montreal.  While I am receiving emails from the West Coast filled with cherry blossoms, I am usually still shovelling snow.


One night, I was attending a play in-the-round, which meant that there was no backstage so that we could watch the actors changing costumes. I was struck by the fact that this didn’t in any way spoil the illusion. If an actor switched hats before my eyes and became another character, I accepted it.


This is very much like watching a magician. We know those birds are up his sleeves or hidden in his long coat, but that doesn’t diminish our excitement the minute that they appear and fly around the stage.


The arrival of spring is also like this. We know it’s coming, it comes every year, and we see the signs in advance , but there is nothing more magical than that first true day of spring.”


waiting for the blossoms

the birds are still

up the magician’s sleeve

– Marco Fraticelli

 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational 2013 Best Canadian poem


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VCBF Haiku Invitational 2013 Winners



Congratulations to the top 5 Winners of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013 Haiku Invitational presented by LW_LogoRGB_2c


Top Winners

British Columbia

a crow’s nest—
the wind drops
white blossoms
                      Julie Emerson
                      Vancouver, British Columbia


waiting for the blossoms
the birds are still
up the magician’s sleeve
                      Marco Fraticelli
                      Pointe-Claire, Quebec

United States

lighting a path
for the cherry blooms
first grade teacher
                     Robert Michael Drouilhet
                     Picayune, Mississippi


this side of winter
tuning the mandolin
to mountain cherry
                     Leah Ann Sullivan
                     Nagoya, Japan


a bird bath
under a tree
filled with cherry blossoms
                     Iris Liu, age 12
                     Vancouver, British Columbia


You can participate to the VCBF Haiku Invitational 2014 contest starting March 1 until June 2, 2014.