We need some haiku about cherry blossoms right now to keep us as hopeful. As Percy Bysshe Shelley famously wrote, "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" but my response is to this charming #earthoptimism is to raise a cautious eyebrow, Shelley? Are you certain, Shelley? Please be sure. I am new to the Washington, D.C. area and one of the reasons I was excited about the move was the sakura. According to The Smithsonian's article "Significance of Sakura: Cherry Blossom Traditions in Japan", "Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. Their life is very short. After their beauty peaks around two weeks, the blossoms start to fall." "During this season in Japan, people like to have cherry blossom parties with colleagues, friends, and family. A cherry blossom makes people merry. They enjoy eating, drinking, and barbecuing underneath the cherry blossoms. We call this custom hanami. Hanami literally means 'watching blossoms,' and the tradition can be traced back at least a thousand years."