Lingering Sigh written by Genie Nakano at

Lingering Sigh

Lingering Sigh

written by: Genie Nakano



I love the music
before I was ever born
with a big band memory
why change now

hear that bass
plays so deep and low
her fingers slide
across all keys
Alice Coltrane, I want more

Eartha Kitt
Ms C’est Si Bonne
teacher and guiding star
her costume rests with mine
inside a cedar chest

last night’s dream
in moss green velvet
gardenia in my hair
breathing pixelated colors
I dance a millimeter above ground

I know somewhere
perfume fills the air
like the flowers you gave
when our love was new
I can’t believe you’re gone

cigarette ashes
fall on the floor, we don’t care
or think of being gone
isn’t that the way…
a sigh lingers on and on


Eartha Kitt was my dance teacher—my inspiration.

Genie Nakano

Genie Nakano

Writing tanka is my passion, joy, therapy and confession. My tanka appear in the Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese American International Journal and many Tanka Journals. Currently I teach Yoga and Zumba at the Japanese Cultural Center in Gardena and have a website: GenieNakano.
Genie Nakano

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