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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

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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