genie nakanoI fall in love
with the sound of the waves
small and shy
my voice unheard
I plunge into the water

dragon kite
in the wind
lift me up,
a thin string is all I need

is what flowers turn to
Sensei says
we are all flowers
colorful short lives

Genie Nakano is widely published in journals, and her recent books, Enter the Stream and Storyteller are available on Amazon. She teaches gentle yoga and tanka at the Japanese Cultural Center in Gardena. Genie can be reached by email.

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