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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

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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