Soshite, tanka poem written by Genie Nakano at Spillwords.com
Heshan Perera

Soshite

Soshite

written by: Genie Nakano

@genieyogini

 

cold outside
fingers cramp and freeze
my age
is showing
like a fallen slip

So…
slap on the blush
gloss the lips
piggy bank more time
I’m not ready for elderhood

my heart
is still a child
my body
is merely
disobedient

So…
I will wear a hoodie of youth
keep
little red riding hood
riding

insecurities
keep me young
my mind
is always changing
indecision keeps me growing

I like it that way
which way do I turn
Right
Left
I’m not sure

So…
let’s just keep going
straight ahead
follow the coyotes
walking in the middle of our streets

now we’ve banked time
yellow lights have turned to green
uncross your fingers
uncross your legs
the clock is ticking to our pulse

breathe
Inhale Exhale
squeeze
the stale air out
backbend open your heart

So…
forward bend
balance
go out of your head
savasana

on your feet
open the window shades
Look See Listen
next moment
tell me more

 

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

Soshite means so on and so on in Japanese. It indicates a passage of time or sometimes spoken like ummmm….

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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