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written by: Genie Nakano



What do you want to be someday . . .
An actress
So I can play different parts.
A doctor
So I can mend broken hearts.
An ant,
So I can always look up.
A roach,
So I can survive the bomb.
The world,
So I can spin around.
A tree,
So birds can sit on me.
The ground,
So I can soak in rain.
A pain,
So I can seek pleasure.
A diamond,
So I can cut glass.
A falling star,
So I can burn as I go.
An angel,
So I can fly back to heaven. . .

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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