My Corner Windows

is a Hiroshige scene…

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My corner windows
where I watch the world
I see you
but you can’t see me
the world is a Hiroshige scene

My corner windows
where I watch my scented garden
grow and thrive
Inhale gratitude
Exhale peace

I’m the fool on the hill
who knows the world
is not safe anymore
my childhood playground
torn down and gone.

No more playing
hide and seek on urban streets
amber alerts
bullets fly through our homes
schools churches malls — massacred.

Our children
what is your future
you do not deserve
the fate of our mistakes
I cry I pray I negotiate.

There’s always hope
I heard someone say
–I hope someday
that a smile is not an invitation
and children can play in the sun.

Genie Nakano, revised January 1, 2022,
original, published in Rafu Shimpo–July 18, 2019

I cry, I pray, I negotiate.

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 “My Corner Windows

  1. Hi Alvin–good to hear from you. I believe this is the first time you ever made a comment on my blog. I feel definitely honored. Yes, there is always hope. Truthfully I am fearful of our worlds future. The global burden placed on future generations. I hope the glaciers stop melting, nature gets balanced, poverty is eliminated, wars never heard of, all people are created equal –a lot to hope for.


  2. A very thought provoking way to begin the year. I really like this poem. Let’s try to stay on the side of hope.


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