Cherry Blossoms

The complexities of life
can be found in these beautiful blooms.
So much death and destruction
around this bud of beauty looms.
It must have been a twinge of insanity
that made these petals so grand,
forbidden from being touched by human hands.

In 1885, Ms. Scidmore rallied for a cause
to plant cherry trees in the U.S. Capitol's front yard.
For years her cries to see this marvel
in the states fell on deaf ears.
Until one day, Dr. David Fairchild tested their zeal
to yield, on one of his flowering hills.

Fairchild then asked the government
to give the flowering tree a chance
Saying, along the streets of D.C.
these splendid blooms would enhance.

The rest is history as First Lady Helen Taft
and Viscountess Chinda of Japan together held
a ceremony to mark this marriage in March of 1912.
To this day, the first two of these trees
rest in West Potomac Park
and hold a special place deep within our country's heart.

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