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A Message~~ poem for my father

my father
played piano
melodies
wandered
but he was steady

my father
was too shy to dance
me
I love to dance
the gates of heaven open

time wears
down the cushion
a sitar drones
as pulse gets weaker
and feet can’t keep a beat

my father
does this sadden you
as you recall
the earthly pains
before our final steps

my father
long after you passed
a message
from you in a dream
clear prophetic words

my father
your warm tears
falling
from the sky
rinse away my fears

Genie Nakano

Jan. 2021

Tom Nakano, June 16, 1921 – October 23, 1999

My father was a poet, musician, artist, philosopher, counselor but most of all my Dad. He was a brave soldier in WW2 in the 442 combat team. He received ten wartime medals. But was a man of peace.
I will be sharing and posting his poems from time to time.
To Myself Unknown’, is one of many of his poems. Here it is..

T o M y s e l f U n k n o w n


Someday I will wander into the regions of my mind,
And meet the self that remains itself,
That mocks the slashing sword of reason.
I will wander among demons, goblins, gods and candy trees,
and lie with naked maidens.

I will twirl the sun and soar among the stars,
And clouds will play about my feet.
I will be all things, and all things will be me.
I will die and my mother and sister will weep
at my death.
But I will be reborn and be sure of love,
and all love will be mine to give and to receive.

Tom Nakano
1960

Photo of Tom Nakano in Nice France, WW2 era.

those winter nights~~a tanka

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On fire
burning bright
our legs
candy cane
through the nite
                                          Genie Nakano
Hoping everyone had a Happy Valentine's Day.
 Feb. 14th, 33 years ago was my engagement day with my hubby. I lost the wedding/engagement ring but we remain engaged with life, passions and growth-- till death do us part.
2 .15. 21

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY , 2021

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE……..

HEY there,
how can I talk to you
I’m kind of shy
see that cloud above
it’s shaped into a heart

Valentine’s Day
not only for lovers
and romance
it’s for everyone
“to fall in love with love”

white chocolate clouds
whip across the sky
sweetness fills the air
breathe in the day
it’s time to indulge in love.
Genie Nakano

2/14/15, revised today, 2.14.21
originally printed in “Tanka Tales”, Gardena Valley News






	

A Virtual Romance

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I will 
write a book
just for you
so you will know
how much I love you

recounting the days
we met in lush forests
the trees
could not hide the sun
we were in paradise

believe me
when I say--
I am yours
we were destined
the prophecy is ours

waiting
for that day
when we
are free to be together
once again as one

it's not
just a childish 
fantasy
it's reality
for you and me

have you felt 
like this before
tell me now
I will set you free
in a galaxy of stars

I want to
get drunk with you
and next
we see our truths--
our whole selves on the line
teeter tottering
the lines are quietly thin
acrobatics
we can do--I've seen
you naked in my mind.
                                          Genie Nakano

Gentle Chair Yoga~~ getting back to health.

Gentle Chair Yoga Class decided we are getting back to health. Started our first class last week outside on the patio with masks and 6 feet apart. We sure missed each other–three month lock down for Los Angeles. Slowly business are opening up and our business is to stay healthy. Our remedy–YOGA. We are bonafide elders so we must keep strong and safe.

MOVING MOUNTAINS~~WITH GENTLENESS

GETTING THE VACINATION
I was nervous as you can see. But it was painless, no side effects and I feel much safer now. It was more gentle than a flu shot–nurse was the BEST.

Haiku Dialogue & my Otto…

Watashi no Otto wanted me to include the photo by Carole MacMuray so I have reblogged.

Genie Nakano

Watashi no Otto has been listening to me spout off poetry for years and now it’s his turn. His first attempt got him a spot in Haiku Dialogue, edited by Carole McMurray. It is a haiku prompted by an image or an ‘ekphrastic’ haiku. In this case it was a photograph of a horse’s eye close-up.

Here is the Haiku :

Photo of Otto: by Genie Nakano,
Feb. 6, 2021

the view
is clear now
contact lens
Hideki Obayashi

Photo: by Carole MacRury

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Haiku Dialogue & my Otto…

Watashi no Otto has been listening to me spout off poetry for years and now it’s his turn. His first attempt got him a spot in Haiku Dialogue, edited by Carole McMuRay. It is a haiku prompted by an image or an ‘ekphrastic’ haiku. In this case it was a photograph of a horse’s eye close-up.

Here is the Haiku :

Photo of Otto: by Genie Nakano,
Feb. 6, 2021

the view
is clear now
contact lens
Hideki Obayashi

Photo: by Carole McRury
'Otto' means husband in Nihongo-- Japanese.
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