photograph: by Genie Nakano, Turkey, 2015

The day I wrote this tanka October 14, 2020 my husband Hideki had a stroke. I finished meditating and was compelled to write it. I had no idea he was out in the world and was having a stroke. Hideki, drove himself van to emergency hospital and stayed for 4 days. He is out of the hospital and luckily he survived! Doctors will watch and monitor his heart, and he is on heavy duty medication–“he is still not out of the woods”.


are my umbrella
you keep me cool
when it’s too hot
protect me from the storm

My best friend and confidant,
my special sparring partner
we stay
until death do us part.

Genie Nakano, Oct. 14, 2020

Photograph: Genie Nakano, Turkey

Published by genienakano

I love writing--It's my joy, my therapy--my confession. I'm a performer, dancer, yoga and meditation instructor, write a poetry column for Rafu Shimpo. Growth and love of life is a key to my happiness.

8 thoughts on ““Umbrella”

  1. Thinking of you, Genie, and sending positive vibes for a quick and complete recovery for Hideki!
    Terry and Sharon Weber


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