By GENIEgenie nakano NAKANO

Dad kept
the braid of my long hair
in his chest of drawers
he always wanted me
to stay his little girl

a sewing kit Dad made
books, sculptures, gemstones
all the treasures
we found in his house
collecting dust

his belongings
given away to…
can’t recall anymore
I continue my father’s quest
a nomad in this world

Genie Nakano was born in East Los Angeles, California. She experiments with movement, dance and music when performing at open mics and spoken word events.  She is widely published in journals, and her recent haibun, tanka/tales book Enter the Stream is available on Amazon and at Kinokuniya Bookstore. Genie can be reached by email.

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