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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

I was born in Boyle Heights, CA. known as the barrios of East L.A. I am a journalist for The Rafu Shimpo and have written three books of Haiku and Tanka. My latest is "Colorful Lives" a tanka and adult coloring book. Tanka, the elder elegant sister of haiku, is my favorite form of writing it keeps me succinct and musical at the same time. After all..tanka means "short Song".
I was a professional dancer and photographer for many years. Currently I teach Yoga and tanka at the Japanese Cultural Institute In Gardena, CA.
Genie Nakano

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