Aliso Villager ~~a haibun & Cherita

under Aztec skies
a California sushi roll

I was born in Boyle Heights, California, Aliso Village Housing Projects.

Aliso Village: 1942 – demolished in 1999 one of the most impoverished areas of Los Angeles – and considered one of the last remaining slums. Wikipedia

(shrugs shoulders) We didn’t have computers and couldn’t afford a television. So I ran around the play grounds in a red cowgirl skirt with white fringe and cap gun six shooter wrapped around my hips. I never got in any trouble. All that cowgirl practice made me a good dancer

No pony for Christmas
instead I lasso
the stars

originally published in Contemporary on line Haibun, 2012
Printed in Enter the Stream, Haibun and Tanka Tales, 2013
available on Amazon

Los Angeles River~~ a Cherita

a childhood walk
holding hands
when the river was full

buttered tortillas
how I long for them
instead of rice

yellow sunshine
from my fingers

Los Angeles River
I came back
to remember
Genie Nakano


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.

16 thoughts on “Aliso Villager ~~a haibun & Cherita

  1. Dear Janet. Thank you for responding with words. I feel as tho I’m in the dark, who reads my poems? I don’t know. Who feels my poems — I don’t know. So it’s so good to know!!!


  2. I did go to Roosevelt High in the summer of 1964. It was so much better than Wilson High–the one I graduated from in 1966. The kids were cool. I was a kid too lol


  3. Thank you so much for ordering. Did you do it thru Lulu. I love Lulu and Amazon is such a pain. Sorry to say that. Most of my writing is Buddhist influenced. I attended the college of Buddhist studies and got taken in and learned so much. My buddhist name is Daya.


  4. Love how in so few words so much is said as if your poetry were a painting speaking a thousand words with just a look. your story so meaningful. thank you.


  5. Thanks Genie! I tried to post a comment, but I guess I have to figure out how to open an account.I received your book yesterday and enjoyed your poetry. I really like “Kwan Yin,” as I have developed a love forTaoism and Buddhism, and it reminds me of a movie called “Golden Gate.” All the best!ch


  6. I visualize pictures while reading your words. I feel you are exposing yourself in your poetry.
    Lots of emotions appear, as I read.

    Thank you for sending!!


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