my husband had two strokes
sometimes he doesn’t understand
my words
chatter chatter chatter
metaphors are a challenge

it’s hard on me
you have changed, I say
my patience
balancing on a thin wire
I practice walking on clouds

only in darkness
can we see stars shine
welcome the night…

words my husband spoke to me
when we were young

genie nakano

Starlight will be published in Ribbons a tanka Journal in the Spring of 2023, selected by Susan Weaver, editor of Ribbons.

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.

4 thoughts on “Starlight

  1. Dear Janet, thank you so much for your words. sometimes i feel as though i’n talking to myself. and when i read your message i’m so happy ‘words drawing out emotions and pictures in your mind’ … we are all poets thank you for your poem.


  2. Your words brings feelings in me………
    I can feel your words
    I can see pictures in my mind that I visualize in my night.

    Your words creates feelings in me.
    Words are drawing out my emotions as I read them.

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