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written by: Genie Nakano



you've been holding
on too long
pour it on, I need rain
for my droughtful mind

picking, poking
on myself
I'm all right
and so is he
I'm not a Buddha yet

look in the mirror
add crèam and color
to hell with it old gal—
let your wrinkles smile
let it go, let me be me

a blinkin’ wink
for a merry old sun
as clouds drift out of mind
a rainbow arcs
across a Monet sky

there’s more
to let out of this cage
the zebra goes first
then others follow—
some crawl, swim, some even fly

take a break for care
have some gingered tea
make non-sense
out of sense
let it go…

Genie Nakano

Genie Nakano

Genie Nakano is a writer, poet and performance artist. She has a weekly poet column in the Rafu Shimpo, an international Japanese and English Newspaper. She is an award winning writer and poet and published in haiku and tanka journals. She has three poetry books available on Amazon. Currently she lives in with her husband and two dogs. She loves teaching Gentle Yoga and Zumba and being with good friends and family.
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