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Mood Indigo

written by: Genie Nakano



Indigo sky above with a sliver of a crescent moon—-
Aimi can move freely—almost invisible--away from the glaring
daylight where she hears the village wenches
whisper--mosquitoes in her ear. They covet her silk
kimonos and the bounty of combs in her raven hair.
She is Aimi the royal courtesan and yet. . .

Aimi can't wait for her hair to fade, her breasts to drop and
her lips to wrinkle like a dried plum.

She dreams of the days and nights when she stays in her
room and writes, tanka, haiku and prose. She sees and tastes
too much of the world. . .and knows too many secrets.


a silver moth
wings in the night
trapped between
window and screen
fluttering endlessly

Genie Nakano

Genie Nakano

Genie Nakano loves to write. She is a journalist for Rafu Shimpo and has written 3 books of tanka and several yoga books. Tanka is a five line short poem originating in Japan over a thousand years ago. Currently she teaches, Tanka, Gentle Yoga and Meditation at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Center in Gardena, California. She recently moved to Gardena where she lives with her husband and two dogs. She is enjoying her new life.
Genie Nakano

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