The Streets Are Bleeding Sakura

There’s a rare blooming
of sakura this fall
the trees cotton-candy-sweet
antipsychotic-sweet
Blossoms descend in batches
soon to cover the asphalt road
like spilled Pepto-Bismol
I swallow my pill with regret
drift into oblivion
the petals blur in my vision
the whole world tinted pink
by my medicated brain

rectangular window
a new piece of sky
every day

Jackie Chou

The Streets Are Bleeding Sakura

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