looking at my hand
the lines and crevices
look foreign to me
yet, they tell a story
from long ago

I immerse my hand
in a bowl of rose water
flying past the past
instantly it blooms
memories of sweet youth

hide and seek
everyone come out and play
spin the statue
watch the world go round
the grass is green and soft

Genie headshot 2016Genie 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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