Tanka: Sky Blue

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genie nakano

By GENIE NAKANO

a woman
in a sky blue room
I wait for
emptiness
to be filled

it’s been weeks now
how long will it take
the hours turn into days,
nights into weeks
weeks into another day

seagulls screech
fly into grey clouds
piercing their birth sacs
rain begins to fall
and I wait

light rain
everything smells good
the streets, ground and air
I sniff my hands
Yes, me

fall, falling, flow
sorrow flows underground
waves come and go
I embrace the gift…
ask no questions

Genie Nakano was born in East Los Angeles, California. She experiments with movement, dance and music when performing at open mics and spoken word events.  She is widely published in journals, and her recent haibun, tanka/tales book Enter the Stream is available on Amazon. Genie can be reached by email.

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