One Poem by James Bell

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

three geisha go to observe the cherry blossom

though none of them look at the blooms
on cherry trees – their profusion ignored

because one girl has a footwear problem –
another bends over to help her friend

their trained grace has been interrupted
broken in public though nobody else notices

them or the cherry blossom – such lack
of interest in what happens only once a year

astonishes as much as the spectacle – though
they wear off-duty kimonos – are not as beautiful

where a stone in a built up sandal is allowed –
rules and conventions kept as they cluster together

though do not smile behind the make up
a smile is for clients only – missing awe

for cherry blossom – gaiety internal only –
they know these flowers have a double meaning


James Bell – is a Scottish writer who now lives in France where he contributes photography and non-fiction to an English language journal. He has two previous collections of poetry published and continues to write and have work appear internationally, some about to appear in several languages. He is a regular contributor to Nine Muses Poetry.

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