bursting on the vine
with sweetness, our eyes
cling to each other

dandelion wine
packing all the joys of summer
into a single bottle
let’s drink it all this Sunday
celebrating with each sip

off the wall
into a mid-summer night
with a firefly sky
crickets in competition
pinch me—is this real?

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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