Orale Pues~~Tanka

born in ELA barrios
I live in a world of dualities
in my tight skirt and sweater
I can cha cha 'n hully gully down
but I don't know who I am

I peroxide my black hair red
rat it high, rat it high
pierce my ears with catholic cross
orale pues-sansei
Buddha- head become a wannabe chola

homeroom teacher
sends me to the back of the room
my hair is too high to see over
she calls me a disgrace
oye, better to nap in the back

back eyeliner, jade green shadow
I look older now don't I
times going to slow
I want to get out of here
I am Maria of Westside Story

in my purple skirt
I twirl with amateur grace
round and round
and then again ...
suddenly a balance

that's it for me
dance sets me free
forget those guys,
those blackened eyes
catch me in the rye

while legs grow strong
my spine becomes a willow
time moves in rhythm
and everything makes sense
the world becomes a dance

keep on is all I say
you call me a show-off now
I don't care - 'cause I feel good
and don't you wish you had my legs
orales pues, right on, right on

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.

5 thoughts on “Orale Pues~~Tanka

  1. Thank you Cheryl. I’m about ready to make another book. I’ve got so much stuff and need to put it into chap books. I’ve reorganized my web yesterday. Check it out and tell me how you like it or not?


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