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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

Genie Nakano loves to write. She is a journalist for Rafu Shimpo and has written 3 books of tanka and several yoga books. Tanka is a five line short poem originating in Japan over a thousand years ago. Currently she teaches, Tanka, Gentle Yoga and Meditation at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Center in Gardena, California. She recently moved to Gardena where she lives with her husband and two dogs. She is enjoying her new life.
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