Ginkgo – haibun for dVerse

Whenever I see a Ginkgo tree, I think of Hiroshima. Six trees were growing near the epicentre of the blast, and all survived, and continued to grow, apparently undamaged. One grows in the graveyard in our local small town. The branches spread over a path that cuts from the main road to the town square. That path has been there for hundreds of years – I imagine the town has grown around it. It seems fitting that the Temple Tree has been planted so close to a church. I don’t know how long the Ginkgo has been there, but in the spring the leaves are like small green fans, and in the autumn they glow bright yellow. I can rarely resist picking up one of the fallen leaves, so unlike any other.

This is the most ancient tree of all, and yet it is reborn every spring. It’s a symbol of hope, and of the resilience of nature, thrusting down roots, pushing out leaves, changing with the seasons.

gold leaves in autumn-
winter branches bleak and bare –
green leaves in springtime

 

It’s haibun night at dVerse, and Frank is hosting. It’s also Hiroshima Day, and Frank asks us to remember the horror of the bombing there in our haibun. I’ve chosen to talk about the Ginkgo, a symbol of hope. You can read more about the Ginkgo here: https://kwanten.home.xs4all.nl/index.htm

14 thoughts on “Ginkgo – haibun for dVerse

  1. A breathtaking witness of hope, Sarah! I love the imagery you crafted in your prose. I could see how that ginkgo tree spread its shoots and wrapped its roots. I shuddered at the changing color of its leaves. Your closing haiku accented your story so well. Thank you, Sarah.

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  2. I love gingko trees and like you always collect some leaves in the autumn. I had no idea that six had survived the atomic blast or of the symbolic meaning of the trees. I will treasure the golden leaves I find in autumn all the more now.

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