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The Grass Is Green

The Grass is Green

written by: Genie Nakano



looking at my hand
the lines and crevices
foreign to me
yet, they map a story
from long ago

I immerse my hand
in a bowl of rose water
flying past the past
memories of sweet youth
bloom instantly

hide and seek
everyone come out and play
spin the statue
watch the world go round
the grass is green and soft

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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