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The Other World

written by: Genie Nakano



I was playing jump rope
when it turned into a dream. . .

Mother was in a back bend
leaning down towards me
a tiny reindeer carrying a moon on his back
was on the side of her forehead
and she was wearing her favorite velvet dress

The ground trembled into a treasure ship
and away we sailed
the ocean was surrounded by a mist
making the voyage invisible

But I saw you, mother
clear as day
you looked fine, healthy and surreal
the other world must be good for you

I asked you about the other world
but you didn’t want to talk about it
you just wanted to talk about me
and all the things I was doing

Mother said she was so busy in the other world
she rarely had time to check up on me
but all that jumping on the ground
kind of caught her attention

Well, mom
as you can see
I’m having fun down here
jumping, dancing around and staying healthy
I think about you a lot and dad too

Funny you didn’t come to me
when I needed you
or at least I thought I needed you
when I broke my hip and couldn’t jump anymore

Is it my joy that brings you near me?
well, I’m going to figure out more ways to be joyful
then I’ll see you around more.

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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